Light Lears Away

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Bombardier Aerospace last month followed the delivery of its first Challenger 300 super mid-size bizjet by placing five -- count 'em -- copies of its new Learjet 40 light business jets into service. Two Learjet 40s were delivered to U.S.-based traditional operators, two entered service with Bombardierís Flexjet fractional ownership program and one aircraft was delivered to a traditional operator based in Germany. The newest Learjet is certified to FL510 and, with full fuel and a maximum payload, it can fly up to 1,762 nm. Bombardier introduced the Learjet 40 at the 2002 Farnborough Air Show.

"This new aircraft combines legendary Learjet performance with exceptional comfort, value, and versatility," observed Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "In every regard, it is poised to become todayís premium light jet." Based on the proven Learjet 45 platform, of which there are currently some 235 jets in service worldwide, the Learjet 40 shares all major systems and benefits with its parent. It received FAA type certification on July 11, 2003, and got its European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) paperwork on Jan. 9, 2004.