The Model 45 was developed in the 1990s as a competitor in the “super-light” business jet category, a rival to the popular Cessna Citation Excel / XLS – but sacrificing the Cessna’s stand-up room for the Learjet family’s traditional high-speed performance.
The Model 45 was Learjet’s first completely new (“clean sheet”) design since the company’s first aircraft (all other models having evolved from the original 1963 Learjet design, the Model 23). The Model 45 was developed to make Learjets fundamentally more competitive against newer designs from competing manufacturers. But, as a clean-sheet design (starting from scratch), being built to more rigorous (FAR Part 25) rules, than previous Learjets, the aircraft’s development took substantially greater time than the development of previous Learjet models.
The Bombardier Learjet 45 is a masterpiece of engineering and luxury in the world of private jets. It combines style and sophistication with an impressive range and cutting-edge technology to ensure seamless, efficient journeys.
- Seats Full Range (NM / SM): 1387 / 1596 – The Bombardier Learjet 45 offers a substantial range of 1387 nautical miles or 1596 statute miles with full passenger capacity. This means you can effortlessly travel non-stop between distant destinations, connecting major cities with ease and convenience.
- Ferry Range (No Payload) (NM / SM): 1,919 / 2,208 – For times when you need to relocate without passengers or cargo, the Bombardier Learjet 45’s ferry range extends up to 1919 nautical miles or 2208 statute miles. This extended range ensures the jet’s flexibility for repositioning, allowing for strategic planning and efficient travel.
- Balance Field Length (Take-off Distance in Feet): 4,241– With a balanced field length of 4241 feet, the Learjet 45 demonstrates its agility and ability to take off swiftly even from shorter runways. This feature expands your options for airport choices, enabling you to land closer to your desired destination.
- Landing Distance (Feet): 3,103 – The jet’s landing distance of 3103 feet underscores its excellent braking and deceleration capabilities. This short landing distance is invaluable when landing in airports with limited runway lengths, ensuring safe and controlled landings.
- Average Block Speed (KTS / MPH): 425 / 489 – The Bombardier Learjet 45 achieves an average block speed of 425 knots or 489 miles per hour during flights. This impressive speed not only reduces travel time significantly but also enhances overall efficiency, allowing you to cover more ground in less time.
- Normal Cruise (KTS / MPH): 425 / 489 – Cruising at 425 knots or 489 miles per hour, the Learjet 45 maintains a consistent and swift pace during regular flights.
- Long Range Cruise Speed (KTS / MPH): 406 / 467 – For long-haul journeys, the Bombardier Learjet 45 offers a long-range cruise speed of 406 knots or 467 miles per hour.
- Fuel Usage (Gallons Per Hour): 198.00 – The Learjet 45’s efficient engines consume fuel at a rate of 198 gallons per hour. This optimal fuel efficiency reduces operational costs and minimizes environmental impact.
- Service Ceiling (Feet): 51,000 – Reaching an impressive altitude of 51,000 feet, the Bombardier Learjet 45 can navigate above most weather disturbances and commercial air traffic. This high service ceiling ensures a smooth and turbulence-free ride.
- Useful Payload With Full Fuel (Lbs): 778 – With a useful payload capacity of 778 pounds even with full fuel tanks, the Learjet 45 allows for a generous amount of luggage, equipment, or additional passengers.
- Maximum Take-Off Weight: 20,500 – The Bombardier Learjet 45 can take off with a maximum weight of 20,500 pounds, showcasing its robust engineering and structural integrity. This high take-off weight allows for substantial payloads, ensuring you can bring along everything you need for your journey without limitations.
- Maximum Landing Weight: 19,200 – With a maximum landing weight of 19,200 pounds, the Bombardier Learjet 45 can safely touch down after each flight. This weight limit, combined with its short landing distance, enhances the jet’s accessibility to a wide range of airports, including those with strict weight restrictions.
- Basic Operating Weight: 13,543 – The Bombardier Learjet 45’s basic operating weight, calculated at 13,543 pounds, represents its weight without any passengers, cargo, or fuel. This lightweight design, combined with its powerful engines, contributes to its impressive performance, agility, and efficiency.
- Total Usable Fuel Weight: 5,910 – Boasting a total usable fuel weight of 5,910 pounds, the Learjet 45 offers extensive range capabilities. This ample fuel capacity enables long-haul flights without the need for frequent refueling stops.
- Minimum Crew / Maximum Passengers: 2 / 8
- Baggage Capacity External / Internal (Cubic Feet): 50 / 15
- Cabin Height (Feet): 4’11”
- Cabin Width (Feet): 5’1″
- Cabin Length (Feet): 19’9″
- Cabin Volume (Cubic Feet): 493.61
- Years in Production: 1998-2007
- Active Fleet (approximate): 242.0
- Airframe Maintenance Per Hour: $328.00
- Engine / APU Maintenance Per Hour: $648.00
- Fuel Cost based on Gallons Per Hour: $841.50
- Crew Misc.: $194.00
- Total Variable Cost Per Hour: $2,011.50
- Cost Per NM: $4.73