Bombardier Launches Learjet 60 XR

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Bombardier Aerospace this month announced its latest evolution of the venerable Learjet platform: the Learjet 60 XR. The newest Lear will be certified to FL510 and feature a high-speed cruise of 0.81 Mach, while pilots will fly behind a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite including four 8x10-inch LCD panels. Behind the cockpit, a newly designed stand-up cabin will provide space for up to nine passengers and redesigned seats that improve legroom. The cabin will also include a larger galley and vanity cabinet, plus next-generation entertainment capability, light-emitting diode lighting technology, a reclaimed window in the aft lavatory and new modular floor plan. "With the introduction of the Learjet 60 XR aircraft, customers now have the best of both worlds - advanced avionics and ultramodern cabin features coupled with superior reliability and proven performance," stated Pierre Beaudoin, president and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. Flight-testing is scheduled to begin by the first quarter of 2006. FAA certification is expected in the first quarter of 2007, with the first example to enter service soon thereafter. The price of a typically equipped Learjet 60 XR is set at $12.9 million.