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BOMBARDIER | LJ40 | LEARJET 40 (2004-2007)
BRIEF HISTORY – LEARJET 40
The Bombardier Learjet 40 is a shorter variant to the Learjet 45 and has established itself as a popular choice in the light jet category since its launch in 2004. When released, the Learjet 40 was top of its class in speed and range, is also renowned for its more spacious cabin, about 20% larger than the majority of its competitors, modern avionics, and capacity to operate at altitudes up to 51,000 feet. Its extended range enables nonstop flights between Chicago and Oakland or London and Istanbul – routes that few other small private planes are capable of completing non-stop.The Learjet 40 has a slew of improvements thanks to utilizing technological advancements from the Learjet 45 which allows it to outperform the older Learjet 31. Among these enhancements are increased range, increased passenger comfort, and even achieves shorter takeoff distances in hotter weather and at higher altitudes. Taking its first flight on September 5th, 2002, less than a year later the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the Learjet 40 in July 2003, with the first customer deliveries occurring in January 2004. Shortly after in October of 2004, Bombardier announced the Learjet 40XR, an upgraded version of the Learjet 40 offering upgraded Honeywell engines that increased MTWO (max takeoff weight), increased cruise speeds, and climb rates. Bombardier would also retroactively incorporate these Honeywell “BR” engines to older models as well as any Learjet 40 starting in 2006 to maintain compliance with a Bombardier service bulletin that was released. Bombardier would go on to discontinue the 40/40XR and release Learjet 70/75 model’s in 2013 and would end production of the 70 model in 2016 and end production of the 75 in 2021.
CABIN COMFORTS – LEARJET 40
The cabin of the Learjet 40 is elegant and functional providing more cabin volume with its oval-shaped, flat-floor cabin that is almost 18 ft long, 4 ft 9 in height, and 5 ft 1in wide, making it one of the biggest cabins in its class. The business jet’s cabin has seating for up to six people, as well as a refreshment center and coat closet. To provide optimum comfort and mobility, the interior has swivel seats that recline. They are configured as a forward club-four with two front-facing seats. The cabin also features fold-out tables, a certified belted lavatory including flushing toilet, a solid door, large sink, and a 15-cubic-foot closet. The Learjet 40 also has an exterior baggage capacity of 50 cubic feet, totaling 65 cubic feet. The light jet lacks an auxiliary power unit, and the cockpit controls the aircraft’s single-zone air conditioning.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE – LEARJET 40
Two Honeywell TFE731-20AR-1B engines power the Learjet 40. These engines provide 3,500 pounds of thrust apiece and consume 199 gallons of fuel per hour, making the Learjet 40 an efficient and inexpensive alternative. On a typical day, at max takeoff weight, the Learjet 40 requires 4,330 feet of runway to take off at sea level. At an altitude of 5,000 feet, this runway requirement grows to 7,130 feet.The Learjet 40 requires a runway of only 2,324 feet to land. With four passengers, it has a range of 1,616 nautical miles and an absolute maximum range of 1,824 nautical miles. The Learjet 40 cruises at 428 knots over long distances and 457 knots over short distances. Carbon brakes and wing spoilers contribute to a more comfortable landing, while delta fins on the vertical stabilizer contribute to improved stability qualities.
FLIGHT DECK – LEARJET 40
The Honeywell Primus 1000 integrated avionics suite was adopted in the cockpit of Learjet 40’s. Four 8″ x 7″ Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) displays are included in this system, which also have the capability to show Engine Instrument and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) information. The flight deck was designed to minimize pilot effort by strategically placing each component to ease access and use. This suite is equipped with a Honeywell Primus 660 weather radar, an EGPWS with wind shear alert capability, a Universal Avionics UNS1E flight management system, a TCAS 2000, and twin Primus II navigation and communication systems.
CHARTER A LEARJET 40
The Learjet 40 is a fantastic replacement for the Learjet 31 as Learjet was able to capitalize on technology developed for the larger Learjet 45 and adapted it to the 40 to provide an operational cost more in line with its predecessor. The Learjet 40 does exactly that. It is a beautiful union between the two iconic aircraft and provides a lot more versatility as it outshines the Learjet 31 while also outperforming the more expensive Learjet 45. CharterJets Inc. features the newest and highest safety rated Learjet 40’s available. Reach out today to discuss your upcoming travel!