France’s Safran is to supply major equipment packages for the new, all-composite Learjet 85, adding to its growing presence aboard Bombardier business aircraft. Under the terms of a deal signed in Montreal on July 4, Safran subsidiaries Messier-Bugatti and Aircelle will respectively provide the landing gear and nacelles and their associated systems.
Messier-Bugatti will supply the wheels, brakes, brake control system, steering system and landing extension and retraction system, while Aircelle supplies the engine nacelles and thrust reversers for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW3078 turbofan. Together, the two companies will provide around 11 percent of the materials contracts for the aircraft. P
Execujet became the first European customer for the Learjet 85 in June, with an order for six aircraft, the first scheduled for delivery in 2013. Also in June Bombardier revealed that it would manufacture the all-composite Learjet 85 fuselage at its Querétaro site in Mexico. Germany’s Grob Aerospace is the single source for the entire primary and secondary structure of the aircraft.