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Me & My Aircraft: Increased range option enhances appeal of Learjet 40XR to European operators
Bombardier's decision to introduce an option for increased range for the Learjet 40XR enhanced the aircraft's appeal to European operators.

Bombardier's decision to introduce an option for increased range for the Learjet 40XR enhanced the aircraft's appeal to European operators. The 268 nm range extension option was achieved through providing a 687lb increase to the fuel tank capacity.

Operators say the 40XR, which can be configured for six or seven passengers, has a good size cabin and the benefit of full aft lavatory.

But Germany's DC Aviation decided to add a Learjet 45XR to fill what it perceived as a gap in the charter market between the Learjet 40 and the Learjet 60. The company says: "With a maximum cruising range of 1,833 nm, the 45XR can carry up to eight passengers non-stop from Moscow to Milan in just 3:10 hours or three passengers from London Luton to Istanbul in 3:20 hours."

The 40 and the 40XR have found favour in operator fleets in Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK as well as Germany.

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