The new Learjet 85 hasn’t even had its first flight yet but the private jet is off to a flying start with a huge 60-aircraft order from Flexjet, a US-based fractional ownership company.
Flexjet was originally an arm of Bombardier Business Aircraft but in September, it became an independent company funded by Directional Aviation Capital. Back then, Flexjet placed a massive order for 245 jets from Bombardier – a mix of firm orders and options for Learjet, Challenger and Global, Bombardier’s three brands. But at NBAA, held in Las Vegas during October, Flexjet said it was converting 30 options into firm orders for the Learjet 85, making a total of 60 valued at $1.2 billion.
The reason? Customer interest, says Flexjet.
“Anticipation for the Learjet 85 aircraft has been building since the program was first launched,” said Deanna White, President, Flexjet. “In fact, we have already sold 68 shares to those eager to be the first to fly on the business jet that is set to redefine the midsize category.
“The Learjet 85 aircraft is poised to usher in a new generation in flight, and we relish the opportunity to welcome even more of these revolutionary new jets to our fleet.”
Flexjet is the launch customer for the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft, the first Learjet of composite construction and the biggest aircraft the company has ever made. Flexjet recently completed a six-city tour in the US to showcase the 85’s high performance advantages, innovative technology and unmatched comfort to hundreds of current owners and prospective customers.
Flexjet will also be the launch customer for the Learjet 75, which will shortly receive type certification. The 75 is a thorough upgrade of the older 45 and Flexjet will be getting an exclusive version known as the LXi, with special interiors.