Bombardier Business Aviation backlog up $1 billion in first half


Bombardier Learjet 75 photographed on May 1, 2019 at KTRM

Bombardier Business Aviation delivered one more aircraft in the second quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018.

The 35 aircraft delivered included two of the company’s new Global 7500.

Its backlog, the number of aircraft on order that have yet to be delivered, increased in value by $400 million in the quarter, taking its year-to-date growth to $1 billion. Bombardier says that its mid-year backlog now stands at an industry-leading $15.3 billion.

During the quarter the firm launched an updated version of its LearJet 75 light jet called the LearJet 75 Liberty.

The new aircraft takes the basic LearJet 75 and reimagines the cabin. Although the straight LearJet 75 usually carries eight passengers, Bombardier has removed two seats, taking the Liberty down to a maximum of six passengers. By doing this the airframer has been able to create a feeling of more space inside the cabin, as well as reduce the weight of the aircraft.

Some standard features have also been removed and made into optional extras, which has helped keep the list price for the basic aircraft just under the $10 million price point.

Bombardier says that the first delivery of the new LearJet 75 Liberty will take place in 2020.