Bombardier has delivered the first European-registered Learjet 75 to French research and development company Roullier Group.

The handover comes weeks after the Canadian airframer secured EASA validation for the superlight business jet on 12 September.

Bombardier is now readying the first European-registered Learjet 70 – the 75’s light jet stablemate – for delivery. The pair are revamped versions of the Learjet 40 and 45, which entered service in 2004 and 1998, respectively.

The remodelled aircraft feature more powerful Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines, a Garmin G5000-based Vision flightdeck and a new interior.

The types entered service in the USA and Canada late last year. So far eight Learjet 70s and 22 Learjet 75s have been delivered, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database.

“Europe remains the second-largest market for business jets,” says Bombardier’s regional vice-president, sales, Simon Burrows.

“The region currently represents 12% of the worldwide installed base, and is expected to receive 3,575 unit deliveries by 2033,” he adds.