Bombardier Grabs Chinese Type Certificate

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Bombardier last week announced receipt of a type certificate for its Learjet 45 bizjet from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). China’s approval will allow operators to register the type in China; it includes not only the model 45 but 40-series jet family like the models 40, 40XR and 45XR. Global Wings, based in Tokyo, Japan, will be the first operator to benefit from the CAAC’s approval. The company plans to base two Learjet 45 XRs in Beijing and begin executive charter operations in that country. “Demand for business jet travel throughout Asia continues to grow and this is a key development in China, almost historic in its significance to our customers and to their charter passengers,” stated David Dixon, regional vice president of sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. Certificated to FAR Part 25, Amendment 77, the Bombardier Learjet 45 is now approved in more than 38 countries. Its performance includes a range of approximately 2000 nm with eight passengers and two crew. It can cruise at up to Mach 0.81.