Bombardier announces two new business jets

Bombardier Aerospace has launched the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75, both featuring technologies developed for the Learjet 85. Extent of composites use is not yet known.

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Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) announced on May 14 the launch of the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 will feature a new modern design interior, a next-generation cabin management system, theVision Flight Deck with a state-of-the-art avionics suite, superior aircraft performance and low operating costs. Entry-into-service is scheduled for the first half of 2013.

“These new jets represent the fusion of Learjet heritage, customer input and the design innovations Bombardier is renowned for throughout the industry,” says Steve Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With the cutting edge Vision Flight Deck, a brand new interior and superior aerodynamic efficiency and performance, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 jets will provide operators with a more flexible and comfortable flight experience than ever before.

“Designed to meet customer needs and operator performance requirements, extensive customer focus groups were part of the design and decision-making process. As a result, we already have firm orders, letters of intent and other commitments for more than 50 aircraft.”

The aircraft will have enhanced performance through an engine thrust increase with an improved Honeywell engine, offering improved takeoff field length performance over its predecessor. The new systems will also contribute to weight savings gain and the new canted winglets will improve aerodynamic efficiency. Overall, up to a 9 percent improvement in field performance under hot and high conditions and up to a 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency are expected.

Based on the Learjet 85 aircraft interior design and technology, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft include: improved comfort and styling of the seats; cabin management system featuring individual touchscreen monitors with full audio and video control; LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft; a generous baggage suite and a spacious galley for optimized catering, work and storage space. The advanced connectivity options of the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft will ensure the highest levels of convenience.

The Learjet 70 aircraft will be able to achieve a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles at a cruise speed of Mach 0.75. With a maximum range of more than 2,000 nautical miles at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.75, the Learjet 75 aircraft will be able to fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop from Los Angeles to Toronto and Mumbai to Bangkok.