Wed, Aug 29, 2012
Bombardier's Fractional Launch Customer Flexjet Showcases New Aircraft Model At Exclusive Event
Flexjet, the first fractional jet ownership company to offer shares on the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft, and business aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, were in Los Angeles Tuesday as part of an 11-city U.S. tour offering the opportunity to experience firsthand the aircraft that they say is "poised to revolutionize the industry."
Attendees were invited to take an exclusive tour of the Learjet 85 aircraft - the first FAR Part 25 certified business jet built primarily from composite materials - and see first-hand the latest advances in aerodynamics, structures and efficiency. "Anticipation for the Learjet 85 has been building since the program launch back in 2007," said Fred Reid, President, Flexjet. "With delivery scheduled for 2013, we've brought the Learjet 85 aircraft model, and some of our finest partners, to Los Angeles so our owners can truly experience the world of possibilities that will open up to them with the Learjet 85's class-leading innovations. Featuring the latest in cabin technologies, and the Vision Flight Deck cockpit, we are relishing the opportunity to brightly shine the spotlight on the Learjet 85."
The primarily composite structures of the Learjet 85 allow the use of complex curves in the aircraft cross-section and thinner wall thickness to maximize cabin volume to create the largest Learjet aircraft ever designed. Learjet says the design improves performance and minimizes drag through smoother aerodynamics, and the airframe made mostly of composite material requires less maintenance and is easier to repair for an extended service life. Other innovations include the aircraft's Pratt & Whitney PW307B turbofan engine, the Vision Flight Deck cockpit featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite - one of the most advanced suites ever offered onboard a midsize aircraft - and an advanced entertainment and wireless Internet system.
The Learjet 85 is capable of accommodating eight passengers in a traditional double-club seating arrangement, with approximately 30 inches between each seat for more room than ever when traveling on long distance flights. The aircraft offers a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000nm.
The addition of the Learjet 85 aircraft means Flexjet owners will continue to have access to some of the most technologically advanced and youngest business jets in the industry, averaging approximately five years of age.
(Artist's rendering of Learjet 85 provided by Bombardier)
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