The Learjet 60 and Learjet 60XR are midsize private jets designed and manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace after acquiring Learjet Corporation.
The Learjet 60 and Learjet 60XR have an exterior length of 58 feet 7 inches (17.86 meters) and a wingspan of 43 feet 9 inches (13.34 meters). Their maximum takeoff weight is 23,500 pounds (10,659 kilograms), and they have a service ceiling of 51,000 feet (15,545 meters).
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 7
2,044 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
24 cubic feet
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A new Bombardier Learjet 60XR is listed at $13 million
The Learjet 60XR is an upgraded version of the original Learjet 60, featuring several improvements and enhancements.
Jetstream states, “The Learjet 60 was the replacement for the midsize Learjet 55C and was a midsize cabin, medium-range business jet. Thrust reversers and single-point refueling are standard equipment, and the aircraft features a full galley together with an aft toilet. It also benefits from numerous aerodynamic refinements to its wing and fuselage, as well as larger aft stabilization delta fins.”
It adds, “The Learjet 60 was announced in October 1990, just a few months after Bombardier acquired Learjet. The first Learjet 60 flight was in 1991, and deliveries began in 1993. Production of the Learjet 60 ended in 2007, with a total of 316 aircraft produced. The Learjet 60XR was launched as the new variant in 2005 and ended production in 2013.”
The Learjet 60XR has a cabin height of 5.71 feet, a width of 5.92 feet, and a length of 17.67 feet. It typically accommodates seven passengers in a variety of configurations, including a club seating arrangement and a divan. There is a fully enclosed lavatory in the rear of the cabin.
The Learjet 60 has a range of up to 2,405 nautical miles (2,770 miles) and a maximum cruise speed of 533 mph (856 km/h). It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A turbofan engines.
The Learjet 60XR has a range of up to 2,478 nautical miles (2,851 miles) and a maximum cruise speed of 535 mph (863 km/h). It is also powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305A turbofan engines but has several improvements over the original Learjet 60, including an upgraded avionics suite, enhanced systems, and improved cabin comfort.
The Learjet 60 was priced at around $11 million when it was first introduced, while the Learjet 60XR was priced at around $13 million.
The new galley is the cabin's most impressive monument and it has been relocated to the left side of the cabin next to the passenger door. This positioning conveys a more spacious atmosphere and accentuates the cabin lines, creating a lengthier appearance. It also provides a noise buffer between most of the passengers and the cabin door, which has an improved seal. Overall, interior cabin noise has been reduced by "several" decibels over the Learjet 60, according to Bombardier. The unconventional galley tower houses hot-liquid containers and glassware and provides 6.5 more inches of workspace with natural lighting via an over-the-counter window. Improved natural and artificial lighting is a big part of the 60XR cabin's appeal. The lavatory has an extra window and the new window surrounds allow a significant amount of additional natural light inside.
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The heritage of the 60 XR certainly gives pilots and passengers confidence in the airplane, but the experience of the airplane and the people who build it also equals reliability. Learjet has recorded a 99.6 percent dispatch reliability for the 60 series and expects that to grow to 99.7 percent with the XR.
The Learjet 60XR is the latest in a long line of storied, sleek business jets with reputations for speed, aggressive good looks, and—let’s face it—machismo. But where the early Lear Jets (the Lear Jet name was split until 1969, when founder William P.Lear was bought out by the Gates Rubber Company and the airplane was renamed the Gates Learjet) were definitely pilots’ airplanes, the 60XR underscores a new emphasis on the cabin and its creature comforts.