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Learjet 85 program on track, moves to detail design phase

Bombardier’s Learjet 85 business jet program has moved into the detail design phase, the company said today. Employees at the Wichita-based facility are working with more than 40 suppliers on the program.  Expansion at the Wichita plant will start toward the end of the year.

Composite tooling manufacturing for the first Learjet 85 and composite readiness testing are progressing as planned, the company said. Bombardier updated the program at the European Business

“The Learjet 85 aircraft program is on track, and 2010 will be a very exciting year, as we release over 6,000 detail drawings, build over 1,500 tools, commission our Mexico factory and begin production, Ralph Acs, vice president of the Learjet 85, said in a statement.

The system design has matured and its installation and integration are on target.  The company will begin building products in its Mexico facility this summer.

Bombardier launched the Learjet 85 in October 2007.