Bombardier said its on track with its three new Learjet business jets – the Learjet 85, Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 – for the planes to enter service in 2013.
The company released the information at the Farnborough International Airshow Wednesday in Farnborough, England.
The Learjet 85 program has four test aircraft in various stages of fabrication and is progressing towards first flight, the company said.
The first complete pressure fuselage, including the nose and aft fuselage, is undergoing final validation before being shipped from Queretaro, Mexico to Wichita.
Work on the wing internal structure is complete in Queretaro and has been moved to final assembly for wing plank installation.
“Our suppliers continue to keep up with our rigorous schedules as we work with our strategic partners across our aircraft programs,” Ralph Acs, vice president and general manager of Bombardier’s Learjet facility, said in a statement. “The final assembly line in Wichita is ready, and we are eager to assemble the first aircraft.”
The Learjet 70 and 75 programs, which update the company’s 40 XR and 45 XR business jets, are also on track, the company said.
The first two flight test aircraft have logged more than 135 flights, and assembly of the remaining three flight test aircraft is on track.