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Business Aviation leader Bombardier announced its facility in Querétaro, Mexico will manufacture the composite structure for its all-new, state-of-the-art Learjet 85 business jet. The Querétaro site will also manufacture the electrical harness and perform sub-assembly systems installation. Final assembly, interior completions, flight test
and customer delivery of this next-generation aircraft will take place at Bombardier’s Wichita facility, home of the legendary Learjet brand.
Mexico is key to the development of a highly competitive aerospace industry in Central and South America, as well as to Bombardier’s increased competitiveness in the international marketplace, says Jean Séguin, vice-president engineering and supply chain, Bombardier Aerospace.
With our facility in Querétaro, we continue to expand our manufacturing capacity while increasing the efficiency of our operations. In keeping with our tradition of innovation, the composite manufacturing capacity we are adding to our plant in Mexico is an excellent complement to the approximately 40 years of experience in advanced composites technologies developed at our Bombardier facilities.
The name Learjet embodies a legacy of excellence in the history of business aviation and as with all our Learjet aircraft, Wichita will remain the site for final completion of our new Learjet 85 aircraft, says David Coleal, vice-president and general manager, Learjet Product Line.
In January 2008, Bombardier announced Grob Aerospace had been selected to develop the all-composite structure of the new Learjet 85 aircraft and produce the composite structure during the initial production cycle. During this period Bombardier will transfer composite manufacturing from Grob to its Querétaro site.
Launched on October 30, 2007 the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier jet to feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 25. Entry into service is planned for fiscal year 2012/13.