Bombardier has passed 50 sales of its new Continental ``super midsize'' business jet. Plans for the $13.5-million aircraft first were revealed at the National Business Aviation Assn. convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in mid-October. Official launch of the aircraft is planned for mid-1999. The Continental will seat eight passengers, have an instrument weather range of 3,100 naut. mi. and 0.82 Mach high-speed cruise. Engines are two AlliedSignal AS907 turbofans flat-rated to 6,500-lb. thrust.

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