Bombardier Learjet deliveries fall 25 percent in 2013

Deliveries of Wichita-assembled Bombardier Learjets dropped 25 percent last year, although total deliveries of Challenger and Global series business jets rose, the company said Monday.

Bombardier delivered 29 Learjet business jets in 2013, compared to 39 the year before. The decline is mainly due to Bombardier’s transition from the Learjet 40XR and Learjet 45XR aircraft to the Learjet 70 and 75, which entered service during the fourth quarter of the year, the company said.

In all, Bombardier delivered 180 business jets, compared to 179 in 2012.

Besides Learjets, deliveries for the year included 62 Global series aircraft, compared to 54 in 2012, and 89 Challenger series planes, compared to 86 in the previous year.

The company took orders for 305 business aircraft during the year, compared to 343 in 2012.

“The global economy has remained persistently sluggish, and with its recovery taking longer than originally anticipated, 2013 continued to be a challenging year for aviation,” Guy Hachey, Bombardier Aerospace president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “Despite this difficult environment, we put in a solid performance overall. We had a successful order intake that included firm orders from a broad base of customers located in both traditional and emerging markets.”

On its commercial aircraft side, Bombardier delivered 55 aircraft, compared to 50 during 2012, a number that was in line with the company’s financial guidance for the year, it said.

During the year, it took net orders for 81 commercial planes, compared to 138 in the previous year.

“Bombardier’s strategy of geographic diversification in targeted countries continued to gain momentum in 2013,” Hachey said in a statement. “Our focus to expand our products’ presence in growing international markets yielded results with orders from customers based in Africa, Asia-Pacific, China, the Middle East and Russia. We are encouraged by the volume of orders for both business and commercial aircraft, and the resulting strong order backlog.”

In all, Bombardier delivered 238 business and commercial aircraft during 2013, compared to 233 aircraft deliveries in the previous year. It also received net orders for 388 aircraft, compared to 481 net orders in the previous year.

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