Bombardier: New Planes To Be Assembled In Wichita

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Bombardier Aerospace is expected to announce that two new planes will be assembled in the Air Capital.

The aviation company will be launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft. The new planes are major upgrades to the Learjets 40 and 45. Bombardier said the new planes will incorporate new technology that makes them more efficient to operate.

The announcement was made in Geneva, Switzlerland at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition.

The 70 and 75 business jets are extreme makeovers of the current 40 and 45 models. Bombardier Learjet Vice President John Dieker says the new models are set apart from their predecesors with new technology that makes them less expensive to operate.

"We've been working this project for over two years. For us, this is the culmination of a grand event and looking forward to the demand it might generate and help us go forward and come out of this recession," said Dieker.

Dieker says Bombardier is counting on the new planes to be ready for market in time for that predicted economic recovery. So far, Bombardier has landed 50 orders for the new models.

"New is always exciting and new generation of demand, and we have something new and something hot," he said.

The first 75 model is already in flight testing. The first fuselage for the 70 model will arrive next month from Belfast, Ireland. The wings coming from Toronto are to be assembled in Wichita.

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