The Learjet 85 is the latest Learjet development program by aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The program was launched on October 30, 2007 and a mockup of the aircraft was unveiled in October 2008 at the NBAA show in Orlando. The Learjet 85 fits between the midsize and the super midsize segments of the market. It will be the first Bombardier Aerospace jet to feature a composite structure and will be Learjet's first composite structure business jet designed for type certification under FAR-25. The plane is expected to have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km).
Computer software design tools were used on the project, including CATIA and HyperSizer, and similar wing technology employed as on the Bombardier CSeries.
Bombardier reports nearly 60 Learjet 85 orders at a price of US$17.2 million (2008 dollars) Flexjet announced it would be the initial launch customer with seven orders in 2011.
On October 21, 2010, Bombardier opened a Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico. The plant was inaugurated by President Felipe Calderón. Some parts of the wing will be manufactured in Belfast in Northern Ireland.
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