Bombardier's new $9.9 million private jet that has its own private office and near-cross-country range just entered service – see inside the Learjet 75 Liberty
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Bombardier's newest private jet is now in service. The first Learjet 75 Liberty was just delivered to its first customer earlier this month, the latest achievement of Bombardier's powerhouse private jet division. After 15 months in development, the delivery marks the second Bombardier aircraft to enter service this year, alongside the long-range Global 5500. Alex Lyon & Son, an American auctioneering firm, is the launch operator of the Liberty, now the flagship of the Learjet family. A staple of American aviation, the Learjet product line dates back to 1963 when the first-ever Learjet took flight. Bombardier acquired the Learjet Corporation in 1990 and continued the development of the aircraft with new models, making it one of the oldest aircraft families still flying anywhere in the world. Its latest offspring offers a more "accessible" alternative to the existing Learjet 75 model with a price point under $10 million, positioning the aircraft to compete against popular light jets from Cessna and Embraer, among others, according to FlightGlobal. A leaner design with more optional amenities helps bring down the cost while a new 6-seat configuration featuring a private office-like space gives it a near-cross-country range of 2,080 nautical miles. Take a look inside the new Learjet 75 Liberty. SEE ALSO: Singapore Airlines is launching the new world's longest flight that will see flyers spending almost 19 hours on a plane nonstop DON'T MISS: Southwest Airlines will start filling planes to capacity after Thanksgiving as the airline posts a $1.2 billion third-quarter loss Bombardier launched the Liberty project in 2019 with the focus not on making a larger Learjet but right-sizing an existing one, the Learjet 75.
Source: Bombardier First announced by Bombardier in 2012, the Learjet 75 offered a modern update to an iconic product line with increases in range and performance compared to its predecessors.
Source: Bombardier More powerful Honeywell TFE731 engines provided greater thrust and redesigned winglets improved fuel efficiency by four percent. But the jet was more expensive than its light jet competitors from Cessna and Embraer by around $3 million.
Source: Bombardier and FlightGlobal So Bombardier went back to the drawing board and produced the Liberty, a $9.9 million plane that could better compete with other light jets on price while outperforming them.
Boasting a range of 2,080 nautical miles, the Liberty can tackle city pairs like New York-Las Vegas, Boston-Albuquerque, and Los Angeles-Orlando, if the conditions are right.
Source: Bombardier It beats the Cessna Citation CJ3+, with a range of 2,040 nautical miles...
Source: Textron Aviation And the Embraer Phenom 300E, which has a range of 2,010 nautical miles.
Source: Embraer It doesn't top the Cessna Citation CJ4, however, which has a range of 2,165 nautical miles.
Source: Textron Aviation Setting the Liberty apart from its competitors, however, is a more stringent safety rating from the Federal Aviation Administration, known as a Part 25 certification.
Though identical from the outside, the differences between the Learjet 75 and 75 Liberty are primarily seen in the interior cabin and performance capabilities.
The ideal configuration for the jet is six seats with an all-club seat layout, though that can be brought up to eight based on customer preference.
What makes the six-seat layout ideal is the executive suite, almost like a private office in the sky.
The first two seats of the aircraft are replaced with a large retractable table that's stored in the sidewall.
Leaving this space open instead of installing another seat gives nearly 3 feet of legroom and Bombardier has even installed an ottoman for additional comfort.
The executive suite seats face away from the rest of the aircraft, offering a modicum of privacy.
The club suite then houses the remaining four seats, arranged in pairs that face each other.
Each seat in this area has 24 inches of legroom, though that's likely reduced if the adjacent seat is occupied.
They also feature recline and swivel capabilities.
And both seat pairs have their own table that's stored in the sidewall.
Also tucked into the sidewall are storage compartments, where the in-seat power can also be found.
There's no divider between the executive suite and the club suite but a pocket door does separate the entire cabin from the cockpit and galley, aimed at increasing cabin quietness.
An eight-seat configuration would see the addition of two seats in the front of the plane, eliminating the executive suite and reducing range by 40 nautical miles.
Source: FlightGlobal The cockpit features one of Bombardier's most advanced flight decks, known as the Vision Flight Deck featuring a Garmin G5000 avionics suite.
High definition displays comprise the primary flight displays with navigational charts available at the click of a mouse and synthetic vision helping guide pilots through the clouds.
Large W-shaped control yokes give the classic airplane feel for pilots flying the plane.
And the flight management computers are even touchscreen.
It's not a standup aircraft, with the cabin measuring only four feet and 11 inches tall.
And that's compounded by a width of five feet and one inch.
The product line has come a long way from the Learjet 23, which first flew in 1963.
Source: Bombardier An iconic aircraft for American aviation, the jet could be found in the fleets of celebrities like James Brown and Frank Sinatra.
Even after a half-century of flight, the overall design of the fuselage remains the same from the Learjet 23 to the Liberty.
Bombardier acquired the Learjet Corporation in 1990, promptly developing the Learjet 60...
Source: Bombardier Followed by the Learjet 45...
Source: Bombardier And Learjet 40.
Source: Bombardier A larger and longer-ranged model, the Learjet 85, was also planned but abandoned by the manufacturer.
Source: Bombardier Coming off of the Learjet 85's failure, the success of the Liberty will likely determine the future of the program as Learjets are waning in popularity.
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