Depositor Claims Learjet 85 Mexico Plan Entitles Refund

 - May 11, 2009, 6:08 AM

An agent representing the holder of a deposit on a Learjet 85 today at an EBACE press conference confronted Bombardier Aerospace for a refund due to the manufacturer’s plan to build the new jet’s composite airframe at its factory in Querétaro, Mexico. The Barbedos Group, which placed a $250,000 deposit on a Learjet 85 last May, claims, “Learjet’s moving of advanced composite production from Germany to Mexico constitutes a material change of the contract. There is fear that value and quality may be diminished.” Bombardier had contracted with Germany’s Grob Aerospace to help design and manufacture the Learjet 85 preproduction prototypes, but Bombardier never said Grob would manufacture production Learjet 85s. Shortly after Grob filed for insolvency last fall, Bombardier canceled the contract with the German aircraft manufacturer and said it would do the composite work in-house. “This not about preserving cash in a tight economy,” said Stephen Coonan, the group’s agent. “The Barbedos Group already has three new business jets, all of which have been paid for in cash. It is about the questionable value and quality of the Learjet 85 upon final completion.” Bombardier told AIN that it does not comment on customer-purchase issues.