The Learjet 35 and Learjet 35A are light-size private jets designed and manufactured by Learjet Corporation, which is now part of Bombardier Aerospace. The Learjet 35A is an upgraded version of the original Learjet 35, featuring several improvements and enhancements.
Both the Learjet 35 and Learjet 35A have a length of 48 feet 8 inches (14.83 meters) and a wingspan of 43 feet 9 inches (13.34 meters). Their maximum takeoff weight is 18,300 pounds (8,301 kilograms), and they have a service ceiling of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters).
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 8
1,930 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
40 cubic feet
Dedicated Jet Card:
A new Bombardier Learjet 35A is listed at $4 million
Development of the Learjet 35 began in the early 1970s. Bill Lear, the inventor of the Learjet, led the project. The Learjet 35 made its first flight in August 1973. It was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in July 1974. In the early 1980s, Learjet introduced an upgraded known as the Learjet 35A.
The Lear 35A and Lear 35 have the same cabin size: 4.3 feet wide, 4.9 feet high, and 12.9 feet in length. The cabin can accommodate up to eight passengers. However, it does not have a fully enclosed toilet.
The Learjet 35 has a range of up to 2,056 nautical miles (2,366 miles) and a maximum cruise speed of 518 knots (597 mph). The Learjet 35A has a range of up to 2,789 nautical miles (3,206 miles) and a maximum cruise speed of 518 knots (597 mph). Two Garrett TFE731-2 turbofan engines also power it but has several improvements over the original Learjet 35, including a higher maximum takeoff weight, improved avionics, and enhanced cabin comfort.
The Learjet 35 and Learjet 35A were priced at around $3 million to $4 million. Preowned Lear 35 and 35As sell for under $1 million.
The Learjet 35 is known, above all, for its range. It can fly 2,056 miles nonstop. The Learjet 35 offers more than range: it has good handling characteristics, a low fuel burn, and fast cruise speeds as well.
Originally, Learjet simply planned to add the quieter and more fuel-efficient TFE731 turbofans to the Learjet 25 to create the Learjet 26. However, the engine change made it necessary to alter the airframe, so a 13-inch plug was inserted in the forward fuselage, and the wings were extended two feet on each side. The prototype Learjet 35 made its inaugural flight in August 1973, and the eight-passenger transcontinental jet won FAA certification in July 1974. Deliveries began later that year. The Learjet 36, which had the same gross weight as the Model 35, offered transatlantic range but could carry only six passengers.
After revolutionizing the private jet market with the Learjet 23, Bill Lear’s creation went on to have multiple variants throughout the company’s many ownership changes. The most popular and easily recognizable one will forever be the Learjet 35. A sleek and nimble business jet with a small profile, fighter wings, and wingtip tanks, it became forever associated with luxury flying even after its production run ceased in 1996.