Bombardier’s Learjet 75 gets FAA certification

Bombardier Aerospace received U.S. government certification for its Learjet 75 jet on Thursday, the company has announced.

“We are delighted to have received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification for the first Learjet 75 business jet,” Ralph Acs, vice president and general manager of Bombardier’s Learjet plant in Wichita, said in a statement.

The certification paves the way for first delivery.

Businessman and pilot Louis Beck, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is the first customer for the aircraft.

Beck was in Wichita last month to tour the plane and meet with Learjet officials.

Certification and delivery efforts are also in progress for the Learjet 70 aircraft.

Bombardier announced the Learjet 70 and 75, upgraded replacements to the Learjet 40 and 45, in May 2012.

The jets have improved avionics, engines and a new winglet design and will offer greater range, more speed, new interior styling, improved fuel efficiency and lower operating costs, the company said.