Bombardier delivered a Learjet 75 to the super-light jet programme’s first customer based in Brazil, offering a small boost to a programme struggling with a slow rate of deliveries.

The delivery to the Brazilian customer is among eight deliveries recorded so far of this year for the Wichita, Kansas-built Learjet 75, according to Bombardier’s second quarter financial results.

“We are proud a Brazilian customer selected the Learjet 75 for its class-leading performance, smooth ride and most private and quiet cabin," says Stephane Leroy, vice-president of sales in Latin America for Bombardier Business Aircraft.

The Latin American region has always been a welcome home for Learjet products. In a regional fleet of 685 Global, Challenger and Learjet aircraft, the latter account for 510 of the active fleet, or about 80%, Bombardier says.

Bombardier has delivered 3,000 Learjets overall since the original Learjet 23 entered service in the early 1960s.

Based on the airframe of the Learjet 45, the Learjet 75 features a Garmin G5000 cockpit, higher-thrust Honeywell TFE731 turbofan engines and new winglets.