Learjet 75 Liberty
Bombardier expects to begin deliveries of its new Learjet 75 Liberty in 2020. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier Unveils New Learjet 75 Liberty

The Canadian manufacturer "rescopes" a model—and attaches a lower price tag—to better compete with other light jets.

Bombardier recently announced the Learjet 75 Liberty as its newest offering of the storied business jet brand. It’s “a rescoped aircraft that’s going to be cost-competitive from an operating cost perspective but also purchase cost perspective with Part 23 light jets,” Bombardier Business Aircraft spokesman Mark Masluch told BJT. To accomplish this, the Liberty will have fewer seats and options than the original Learjet, shaving about $3 million off the price tag while keeping the performance.

Bombardier hopes the lower price will drive a new segment of buyers to the Wichita, Kansas–assembled aircraft, which has seen steadily declining deliveries over the past five years to just a dozen last year, according to data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.  

At $9.9 million, the Liberty sheds two seats in the forward cabin—leaving a total of six seats—replaced by two fold-down ottomans and fold-out tables, creating what the company calls the “executive suite” for the two remaining seats in the forward section. That section is separated from the cockpit by a sliding pocket door. In the aft cabin, the four remaining seats are placed in a club configuration.

The jet retains its 51,000-foot ceiling and its two Honeywell TFE731-40BR engines, each with 3,850 pounds of thrust. High-speed cruise remains Mach 0.79 but range improves by 40 nautical miles to 2,080 nautical miles with NBAA IFR reserves. Also standard on the Liberty is the Bombardier Vision flight deck with the recently announced upgrade to the jet's Garmin G5000 avionics, as well as Gogo ATG 4G wireless connectivity. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2020.

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Some of what was standard on the Learjet 75 will be optional on the Liberty, such as the APU and external lights, Masluch explained. “It’s a little bit more flexible approach to the program that allows us to get in the price range to more directly compete with light jets in the Part 23 realm,” he said, noting that the Liberty will retain the Learjet 75’s Part 25 certification.

Liberty essentially replaces what the market has known as the Learjet 75. Customers who would want a Learjet 75 would simply order the options that come with the Liberty, as well as an eight-seat cabin.