Bombardier strikes gold

UK Charter Operator Gold Air International has placed a £33 million order for five new Bombardier 45 XR Learjets.

UK Charter Operator Gold Air International has placed a £33 million order for five new Bombardier Learjet 45 XR high-performance jet aircraft.

The firm order is the second contract between Gold Air and Bombardier Aerospace. The firm currently operates five Bombardier Learjet 45 aircraft.

Gold Air expects to take delivery of the first of its five Bombardier Learjet 45 XR aircraft in April 2004 and the final delivery is anticipated to occur in mid-2005.

‘These new aircraft, capable of seating eight to nine passengers, will strengthen Gold Air’s position as one of the continent’s leading providers of jet charter service,’ said Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Introduced in July 2002 at the Farnborough Air Show, the Bombardier Learjet 45 XR is capable of operating at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.81 (534 mph; 859 km/hr) and has a maximum range of 2,098 nautical miles (3,885 km).