TEL AVIV (Nov. 23)
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) hopes to begin test-flying its new executive jet–the Astra 1125–in about six months time. It is described by its designers and manufacturers as the “executive jet of the future” whose “super-critical wing” will give greater range, altitude and speed than the present Westwind executive jet it is to replace.
The Westwind has captured some 26 percent of the American market for executive jets. Over 200 planes have been sold in the four years it has been in production. IAI spokesmen say there is a great interest in the Astra, despite the present slowdown in the world market for executive jet planes.