Newly Updated Learjets Set to Enter Market in 2013:
Lear is back with the Learjet 70 and 75, which are modern upgrades to the Lear 40 and 45 series aircraft. It was announced at the 2012 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland that the aircraft are currently being designed and were expected to enter service in 2013.
The newest light business jets will have the same general design characteristics of the Lear 40 and 45 with a few modern changes, like a brand new interior and higher power engines. Another modification from the Lear 40 will be new winglets, which will add to efficiency and increase performance. Finally, takeoff performance is expected to be reduced by about nine percent.
Customers looking for a jet that will take them through the modern airspace changes like NextGen and the Single European Skies Program will like the Lear 70 and 75, as either one will come equipped with the increasingly popular and highly talked-about Garmin 5000, which includes NextGen technologies such as synthetic vision, ADS-B and data link capabilities.
- Lear 70: $11.5 Million
- Lear 75: $13 Million
- May 2012: Aircraft announced at EBACE 2012
- Early to mid-2013: Anticipated entry into service
The Lear 70 has a capacity of six passengers and two crew members, while the Lear 75 can hold up to eight passengers and two crewmembers.
Both jets feature new interior, derived from the Learjet 85, and a seven-inch touch screen display at most seats with individual cabin management controls. LED lighting is a new feature, as is a larger baggage compartment and more galley space. Wi-fi will be offered as an option.
And in addition to the remarkable flight deck, pilots will enjoy highly moveable (and long-overdue!) sun visors.
- Range: 2,000 nm (The Learjet 75 will have a range just under 2,000 nm at normal cruise with all eight passengers.)
- High Cruise Speed: Mach .81
- Normal Cruise Speed: Mach .75
- Maximum Altitude: 51,000 feet
- Initial Cruise Ceiling: 45,000 feet
- Takeoff Distance: 4,230 ft
- Landing Distance: 2,660 ft
- Max Takeoff Weight: 21,000 lb
- Max Landing Weight: 19,200 lb
- Basic Operating Weight: 13,715
- Engines: Both jets will use Honeywell TFE731-40-BR engines with 3850 pounds of thrust. The engines are known for extended maintenance intervals (up to 600 hours) that can lower operating costs and decrease down time.
- Avionics: Equipped with the very new and increasingly popular Garmin 5000 flight deck, the new light business jets will offer a generous avionics package. Designed to perform for modernized airspace and future technological needs, the G5000 flight deck includes touch screen controls, synthetic vision, and dual flight management systems. Solid state weather radar, surface awareness and data link capabilities will also be included.
- Size: The Lear 70 will be just over 55 feet long with close to a 46-foot wingspan. The Lear 75 is longer, with a length of 57.6 and a wingspan of 45.8. Inside, the Lear 70 will be 17.6 feet in length, as opposed to the Lear 75's almost-20-foot length. Both aircraft will have a cabin height of about 4.9 feet and width of 5.1 feet.
Not surprisingly, fractional ownership and aircraft management company Flexjet, a division of Bombardier, was the first to sign up to offer the Lear 70 and Lear 75 to its customers, with first deliveries planned for 2013.
Business aircraft operators will be excited to know that the trusty Learjet design hasn't changed much from the Learjet 40 and 45 models, yet the aircraft have both seen an increase in performance, and perhaps most importantly, updated avionics.
The Learjet 70 and 75 seem to be suitable replacements for their reliable predecessors, achieving the goals of higher performance while keeping the dependable Lear design. Lear's approach to spend money on updated avionics and design features such as winglets, rather than a completely new aircraft design, seems appropriate for the slow economy.