A California company quaintly called Cloud Nine Aviation, from Los Angeles, became the first customer for Bombardier Aerospace''s new Learjet 60 XR business jet. Representatives of the company took delivery of the jet on Monday 30 July at the Bombardier Learjet delivery centre in Wichita, Kansas.
An upgrade to Bombardier''s Learjet 60, the Learjet 60 XR can fly higher and faster. Other improvements include glass-panel electronic aircraft instrumentation. The list price for a typically equipped Learjet 60 XR is $13.3 million.
The jet is assembled at Bombardier Learjet''s facility located at Wichita''s Mid-Continent Airport. Features carried over from the Learjet 60 include a state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and a redesigned interior in the aircraft''s stand-up cabin.
The Pro Line 21 avionics suite features the latest flight deck design, human factors concepts and system technology, equipping pilots with immediate, intuitive access to vital flight information.
The integrated avionics package includes four 8-inch by 10-inch (20.3 cm by 25.4 cm) high-resolution liquid crystal display adaptive flight screens. The integrated flight information system includes electronic charts as standard equipment and allows pilots to view approach plates and airport diagrams.
The totally redesigned interior features of the original Learjet 60 stand-up cabin include a choice of five floorplans, a larger galley, a brighter and more spacious lavatory, a new cabin management system with three-inch (7.6-cm) LCD control modules and ports for laptops, MP3 players and other audio/video equipment. In addition, LED lighting is featured throughout the cabin.
The Learjet 60 XR has a higher operating altitude - it is certified to 51,000 ft (15,545 m) - allowing time saving owing to better winds, less traffic and less turbulence. A cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (863 km/h) makes the Learjet 60 XR is one of the fastest aircraft in its category.