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London Air Services Orders Five Learjet 75 Aircraft

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London Air Services (LAS) has placed firm orders with Bombardier for five Learjet 75 aircraft, valued at approximately US$65 million, based on the 2012 list price for typically equipped aircraft.

 LAS is the first Canadian operator to place a firm order for the new light jet.

With a maximum range of greater than 2,000 nautical miles at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.75, the Learjet 75 aircraft will be able to fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop from Los Angeles to Toronto and Mumbai to Bangkok. Additionally, it will be able to handle a range of close to 1,950 nautical miles with eight passengers.

"The Learjet 75 jet is a perfect blend of high-technology features, modern cabin design and legendary Learjet aircraft performance that operators are striving for," said Wynne Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer, London Air Services. "The new jet will be a great complement to our existing fleet of Bombardier business aircraft."

A leading charter service provider based in Richmond, B.C., LAS currently has a fleet of five Learjet 45 XR aircraft, one Challenger 604 aircraft, two Challenger 605 jets and a Global 7000 business jet arriving in 2017.

The Learjet 75 aircraft will have improved performance through an engine thrust increase with the Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines, offering improved takeoff field length performance over its predecessor, the Honeywell TFE731-20BR.

 The new systems will also contribute to a weight savings gain and the new canted winglets will improve aerodynamic efficiency. Overall, Bombardier expects up to a 9% improvement in field performance under hot and high conditions and up to a 4% improvement in fuel efficiency.

Cabin

Based on the Learjet 85 aircraft tyling and technology, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft include: improved comfort and styling of the seats with full executive seating; cabin management system featuring individual touchscreen monitors with full audio and video control; LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft; a generous baggage suite and a spacious galley for optimized catering, work and storage space.

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