Bombardier gets first Canadian order for new business jet

A business jet charter company based near Vancouver has placed the first Canadian order for Bombardier’s new long-range Global Express aircraft.
London Air Services of Richmond, BC, ordered one Global 7000, Bombardier said on Thursday. The US$65-million aircraft is slated to be ready for service 2016.
London Air Services CEO Wynne Powell said the new plane’s larger cabin space and non-stop reach will be a valuable addition to its fleet, which includes Challenger and Learjet 45s.
The company has a history of being the first Canadian customer for various Bombardier products, including the new composite Learjet 85 and Challenger 605.
Bombardier spokeswoman Danielle Boudreau said it has received other orders outside Canada for the new planes.
Bombardier announced on November 14 that it was proceeding with the development of the planes at a cost of more than US$1 billion. One analyst suggested the total could be as much as US$1.6 billion.
Bombardier also said it has finished construction of facilities in Belfast, Ireland and Mexico that will build sections of its new C Series commercial aircraft and Learjet 85 business jet, which are both slated to be delivered in 2013.