Bombardier delays Learjet 85 first flight due to weather

Learjet 85 First Flight Delayed by Weather


Bombardier has delayed the first flight of its new Learjet 85 business jet, which was scheduled for Thursday, due to adverse weather.

Chief executive Pierre Beaudoin told an investor conference in New York that the Learjet 85 will have its first test flight “imminently” as conditions allow.

The new business aircraft would join the CSeries commercial jet as new Bombardier products undergoing flight testing before receiving certification and entry into service.

Beaudoin told investors that he is upbeat about 2014 and Bombardier’s future because its investments in new products are about to deliver results as they enter into service.

The Montreal-based transportation company expects its revenues will grow to $30 billion (U.S.) in five years from $18.2 billion in 2013.

The entry into service of the Learjet 85 and Global 7000/8000 planes are expected to add up to $3.5 billion (U.S.), while the CSeries should deliver $5 billion to $8 billion in revenue.

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