Belfast Telegraph

Tennis ace Novak hits a winner by using part-Ulster built planes

By Clare Weir

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has signed up as an ambassador to Learjet business aircraft, parts of which are made in Belfast by aerospace company Bombardier.

The world number one, who jets around the world on Bombardier-made planes, has won five Grand Slam singles titles.

He joins actor and pilot John Travolta, architect Frank Gehry, maestro Valery Gergiev, and classical pianist Lang Lang as a Bombardier business aircraft brand ambassadors

Mr Djokovic said that he has been a Learjet fan "for many years".

"Flying on Bombardier business aircraft allows me to balance my extensive travel schedule with the rigorous demands of playing on the ATP tour and all the public appearances in between," he said.

Learjet aircraft are the world's first purpose-built business jets.

They were created by inventor Bill Lear, who designed the first Learjet aircraft based on a Swiss fighter-bomber.

Since acquiring Learjet Corporation, Bombardier has revitalised both the brand and the product line, bringing to market eight new models, including the new Learjet 85 aircraft.

The advanced composite wing skin panels and spar components for the Learjet 85 business are made at the company's facility in Queens Island.

Final assembly of the wings takes place at Bombardier's production plant in Querétaro, Mexico.