Bombardier’s Learjet 75 is a staple in the light business jet category when it comes to impressive passenger comfort and reliability. Introduced in 2013, the Learjet 75 is an updated version of the legendary Learjet 45 and 45XR with improvements to the engines, avionics, and winglets as well as a redesigned interior. All of the desirable characteristics of those previous models remain, including the pairing of midsize-jet comfort and performance with light-jet efficiency—but the Learjet 75 is able to travel further and climb faster. The latest iteration, the Learjet 75 Liberty, simplifies the design and further increases cost-efficiency.
Learjet 75 Features
The Learjet 75’s flat-floored cabin typically seats eight passengers and measures 19.7 feet long, 5.1 feet wide, and nearly 5 feet in height, for a total volume of 415 cubic feet. Seating is typically arranged in a double club-four configuration that is both convenient and practical for business. Each luxury seat, re-sculpted from previous models and adorned in two-tone leather, has individual USB connectors with power outlets, and personal touch-screen monitors that can easily be stowed away for more space. Built-in sidewall speakers and high-speed internet provide the ultimate in entertainment, while stow-able 20-inch side tables provide a convenient space to work. Passengers can access 15 cubic feet of baggage space during flight, while the jet features an additional 50 cubic feet of externally-accessed storage.
An innovative and unique pocket door separates the cabin from the cockpit and galley and is the first of its kind on a light jet. The pocket door allows for total privacy and low noise levels on every flight. The cabin also includes a galley 30 percent larger than that of the Lear 45, and a redesigned lavatory with added storage space.
On the new Liberty models, the cabin seats six—with two of those seats in a miniature Executive Suite, the Learjet line’s first. This suite affords passengers a generous 35 inches of legroom, fold-out tables, and a quiet space for one-on-one business or rest.
Two new Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines, each offering 3,850 lbs. of thrust, power the Learjet 75 and add 10% more power to the aircraft compared to the Learjet 45. The elite engines enable the aircraft to fly at a maximum speed of .81 mach, and to manage a range of 2,080 nautical miles nonstop when operating under NBAA IFR with four passengers. With this range, the Learjet 75 can handle trips like New York to Las Vegas and San Francisco to Mexico City.
The engines and design of the light jet are not only powerful, but produce very low fuel burn as well—Business Jet Traveler reports the -40BRs are four percent more fuel efficient than the -20BRs of the Lear 75’s predecessor. A high operational surface ceiling of 51,000 feet allows the pilot to avoid air traffic and adverse weather conditions, and the wing design provides passengers with one of the smoothest rides in the light class. Business fliers will also enjoy greater access to even more locations, since the Lear 75 can take off from runways shorter than 4,500 feet and land in just 2,296 feet.
The cockpit in the Lear 75 features Bombardier’s Vision flight deck, a first for the Learjet lineage, and has been redesigned with enhanced ergonomics and advanced controls. It also claims the most advanced avionics in its class with the Garmin G5000 suite, which features three 14-inch touch-screen displays with split-screen image capabilities. Also included are a Synthetic Vision System, the advanced GWX 70 weather radar, and triple-integrated Flight Management System with graphical flight planning.