TAG Aeronautics, Bombardier's distributor in the Middle East, has ordered five Continental super mid-size business jets for delivery beginning in early 2004. The $75 million deal boosts orders for the aircraft beyond 110.

The first Continental is due to begin low-speed taxi testing this month. Type approval and first green deliveries are set for the fourth quarter of 2002.

Bombardier is also improving the payload-range performance of its Learjet 45 mid-size jet.

Source: Flight International