Wichita aircraft maker Bombardier (bahm-bar-dee-ay) Learjet says it will suspend production of one of its midsize planes sometime this fall.


 Wichita aircraft maker Bombardier (bahm-bar-dee-ay) Learjet says it will suspend production of one of its midsize planes sometime this fall.

A company spokeswoman told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/PO1yZw ) on Thursday the move is prompted by weak demand for light aircraft. Annie Cossette says production of the Learjet 60 XR business jet might resume if the market improves.

Cossette says the company is also evaluating the positions of the 275 people who work on the 60 XR. Learjet has more than 3,000 employees at the Wichita plant.

The Learjet 60 XR carries up to eight passengers, with a maximum range of about 2,400 nautical miles. The Eagle reports the company delivered 19 of the planes last year and three in the first quarter of this year.