The Learjet 75 Liberty. (Bombardier)
Bombardier has unveiled the Learjet 75 Liberty, a relatively inexpensive new entry into its half-century-old small business jet line.
With a list price of $9.9 million, the seven-figure, six-passenger Liberty comes in at less than three-fourths the price of 2015's $13.5 million Learjet 75.
The Liberty — an appeal to American patriotism with the newest product from Bill Lear's Swiss American Aviation Company now owned by Canadian company Bombardier — boasts a range of 2,080 nautical miles and a top speed of 534 mph, powered by Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines.
“I’m extremely proud that the Learjet 75 Liberty will be built in Wichita, where the Learjet dream first took flight,” said Tonya Sudduth, vice President of operations and Wichita, Kansas Site for Bombardier Aviation. “Our Wichita facility today has a diverse mandate supporting Bombardier’s extensive fleet of business aircraft, but to introduce the newest member of this iconic brand is of special significance to our team.”
The Liberty is certified to the Part 25 standards that would be required of larger transport aircraft in addition to the requirements for smaller business jets thanks in part to the flight deck. The Liberty features a Garmin G5000 flight deck with Bombardier Vision, originally a result of a collaboration with Rockwell Collins to provide tailored synthetic vision, based on the latter's Pro Line Fusion system to Bombardier jets.
Connectivity options including 4G air-to-ground internet provided by Gogo are available, as well as a datalink and triple-integrated flight management system in the cockpit.
First delivery of the 13,600-pound jet is expected in 2020.