In a ceremony here yesterday, Bombardier Aerospace and Lufthansa Technik cemented an agreement that will make the latter’s cabin management system standard on the Canadian OEM’s new, all-composite Learjet 85.
Lufthansa Technik’s “Nice” (networked integrated cabin equipment) is an Ethernet-based platform that will be customized for the Learjet 85 to feature a digital amplifier feeding high-fidelity speakers and an interface to support the aircraft cabin environment. The system’s open architecture will facilitate integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as high-definition video. The Learjet 85’s cabin will also include a new user interface, high-definition distribution to each seat, Blu-ray players, smart phone integration and system controls.
The Lufthansa system, a product of the company’s Innovation Business Unit, is already standard equipment on Bombardier’s Challenger 300 and is available as an option on the Challenger 605, Global 5000 and Global Express XRS through Midcoast Aviation and Savannah Air Center.
The Learjet 85 is an all-new design and will be the largest Learjet yet to enter the family, with a cabin size close to that of the Challenger 300. The $17 million airplane will have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a range of 3,000 nm. Certification is expected in 2013.