Bombardier Inc. CEO Pierre Beaudoin says factors including market demand for other products are leading the company to bump down on its priority list bringing the Wichita-built Learjet 85 to market.
The Wichita Eagle reports Bombardier is rating the CSeries commercial airliner and Global 7000 and 8000 jets as higher priorities.
Bombardier will not abandon the Learjet 85 program, Beaudoin says, and it will ultimately be “quite a success story in the market.” He did not offer a revised timeline as to when the plane might enter service.
The Learjet 85 was originally scheduled to enter service in late 2013. Since flight testing has begun, the company has said it is waiting to study the test program’s progress before announcing a new service entry target date.
The Learjet 85 fits between the midsize and the super midsize segments of the market. Designed for type certification under FAR-25, it is the first Bombardier Aerospace business jet to feature a composite structure . The plane is expected to have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km).
With an advanced composite structure, next-generation performance, outstanding comfort and innovative technologies, it is the new outperformer in the midsize class. The Learjet 85 aircraft boasts a larger, more comfortable cabin than current midsize jets, with true double-club seating, advanced technologies, and connectivity capabilities combining comfort and convenience to make every trip more productive