““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Next-Generation Learjet Will Be Bigger, Faster
Bombardier's next Learjet will be bigger and faster than any of its forebears, the
company has announced. The 10-seat, stand-up-cabin Learjet NXT will fill the market gap between the midsize Learjet 60XR and super-midsize Challenger 300.
The Canadian airframer is working on the twinjet "with a group of international
collaborators," though a spokesperson said "most of the [NXT's] principal activities will take place at Learjet's facility in Wichita, including final assembly, interior completions, aircraft delivery, contracts, sales and flight test." No suppliers have yet been named.
Preliminary performance data include a Mach 0.82 maximum cruise speed and 3,000-nm range. Bombardier started offering the airplane to customers in September and said it has received more than 65 letters of intent to buy it. The aircraft will be priced somewhere between the $13.3 million Learjet 60XR and $21 million Challenger 300.
A "public unveiling" of the model is scheduled for next October.