Loved for its sporty handling qualities, fuel efficiency and classic ramp appeal, the Bombardier Learjet 40 XR business jet proves to be an oasis of calm above the clouds. Displaying category-leading brilliance, we see performance converge with luxury
Enter the Bombardier Learjet 40 XR and the first impression is of spaciousness. The cabin is certainly larger than what we see in most other light business jets of this category and one is inclined to agree with the company’s spokesman who explains that the craft provides 12 to 15 percent more space and is the tallest cabin in its class, reflecting the premium status of the aircraft.
Its flat floor throughout is remarkable and the ‘track and swivel’ seating enables passengers to move comfortably throughout the aircraft. The standard floor plan offers a forward club-seating configuration that includes two 20 inch (51cm) executive tables.
With premium ergonomic environment, ‘dark cockpit’ methodology and advanced avionics, the Learjet 40 XR offers pilots exceptional safety features, incorporating Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics, including an Electronic Flight Instrument System, that presents vital information in an uncluttered format. Again, the innovative EICAS system integrates the multitude of electromechanical instruments that previously were required to display critical engine parameters, offering significant safety and operational benefits.
With its best-in-class high-speed cruise of Mach 0.81 the Learjet 40 XR reportedly outpaces others in the light jet category. It rockets to 51,000 feet (15,545m) where it can fly fully fuelled and loaded above the weather.
While a ‘Maximum Takeoff Weight’ increase allows the Learjet 40 XR jet to fill both the cabin and the fuel tanks, it is the increased thrust made available by its two aft fuselage-mounted Honeywell TFE-731-20-BR turbofan engines that make the aircraft’s stellar performance possible.
The extent of customisation on offer is limited only by the client’s imagination since interior details of each Learjet is painstakingly designed and completed by the Bombardier Learjet Completion Centre in Wichita, Kansas, USA. in response to personal preferences for functional requirements and aesthetics.
Bombardier declares that “What you desire is what you get since it is the client’s specifications that configure the aircraft to make it your very own personal business jet.” It is obvious that with the Learjet 40 XR business jet Bombardier is all set to customise the delight of each client.