Belfast Telegraph

Learjet part-made in Belfast takes to the skies for the first time

By Clare Weir

A business jet part-made in Belfast has taken to the skies for the first time.

The first Learjet 85 aircraft flight test took place from an airport in Wichita on Wednesday and begins the countdown to the first customer delivery.

The advanced composite wing skin of the new plane is produced at Bombardier's plant in Belfast.

A spokesman for Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast said that the process used to make the wing skin is similar to that used to manufacture and assemble the wings for Bombardier's new CSeries commuter aircraft, which are also made in the city at a specially designed facility.

"We are proud and delighted that the new Learjet 85 business jet has had a successful first flight, particularly given our involvement in the programme," he said.

Belfast Telegraph