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November 09, 2005 12:09 ET

NBAA 2005/Bombardier Launches New Learjet 60 XR High-Performance Midsize Jet

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2005) - Bombardier Aerospace -



- State-of-the-art avionics
- Superior cabin size, flexibility and comfort
- Lowest operating cost in category


Bombardier Aerospace today raised the bar for the entire midsize jet category with the introduction of the Learjet 60 XR business jet - the latest evolution of the powerful, proven Learjet 60 - at the 58th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention.

The Learjet 60 XR business jet retains the unbeatable combination of value and high-speed performance of its Learjet 60 parent, while adding one of the most advanced cockpits available on the market today, together with a stand-up cabin redesigned for style, comfort and functionality. A full size cockpit mock-up and an interactive virtual tour of the aircraft cabin are featured at the Bombardier exhibit (Booth 3197, North Hall) at the Orange County Convention Center.

"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. "In the past 15 years, Bombardier has introduced eight new members to the Learjet family, and the Learjet 60 XR is another great example of how we are continually working to deliver best-in-class value and performance to our customers."

State-of-the-art avionics system

The Learjet 60 XR aircraft features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21, an avionics suite that applies the latest flight deck design, human factors concepts and system technology to offer pilots instant, intuitive access to critical flight information. The integrated avionics package includes four 8-inch by 10-inch (20.3-cm by 25.4-cm) high-resolution liquid crystal display adaptive flight screens, increasing the overall display area by 75 per cent and dramatically improving the quality of the visuals.

The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 for the Learjet 60 XR also features an integrated flight information system in the cockpit - which enables electronic charts as standard equipment - allowing pilots to call up approach plates and airport diagrams on the flight displays.
The addition of an optional second file server unit eliminates the need for paper-based navigation charts, a major step towards a paperless cockpit.

Restyled interior with stand-up cabin

The Learjet 60 XR business jet's newly styled interior builds upon a stand-up cabin already well known for its superior comfort, wide aisle and generous seated head and shoulder room. Passenger space for up to nine is enhanced with redesigned seats that improve legroom,
while a larger galley and vanity cabinet offer optimized work areas and additional storage space.

The cabin also highlights a next-generation cabin electronic system with ergonomically positioned touch-screen featuring a simplified control design, as well as a state-of-the-art audio-video system capable of playing XM satellite radio and ports for entertainment accessories such as laptops, DVD, and MP3 players. The latest in light emitting diode lighting technology, a reclaimed window in the aft lavatory and new modular floorplan offering a wider choice of configurations complete the all-new interior package.

Lowest operating costs in category

Launched in 1990, the original Learjet 60 aircraft delivered transcontinental range, outstanding climb capabilities, sophisticated avionics and proven, fuel-efficient engines. On a typical mission, the midsize veteran is 18 per cent more fuel-efficient and its direct operating costs per nautical mile are up to seven per cent less than its nearest competitor.

The new Learjet 60 XR business jet builds on this successful platform to offer customers the most modern technology and comfort without compromising its outstanding performance and value. The aircraft's higher operating altitudes - certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) - translate to timesavings due to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence. With a high cruise speed of M 0.81, the Learjet 60 XR will cruise up to 20 knots (37 km/h) faster than its closest competitor at typical cruise altitudes.

Flight testing is scheduled to begin by the first quarter of 2006. Certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected in the first quarter of 2007, with the first Learjet 60 XR aircraft scheduled to enter service in the first quarter of 2007. The price of a typically equipped Learjet 60 XR business jet is $12.9 million U.S.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005, were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Learjet 60 and Learjet 60 XR are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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