Fab 40: Bombardier Learjet 85
Although Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace has not been immune to the peaks and troughs of the aviation industry, the company contines to innovate. As well as building commercial airliners, the Montréal-based company acquired the legendary Learjet name in 1990, keeping the most evocative business jet brand in the sky.
Two years ago, Bombardier announced the Learjet 85 programme, an ambitious plan for the world’s first officially mandated all-composite compact jet. Lightweight, ultra-efficient and promising one of the most comfortable cabins in its class, the 85 is expected to land on customer’s runways in around 2013.