Bombardier Aviation is bringing faster connectivity to its in-service Learjet fleet. Gogo Business Aviation's next-generation, 4G air-to-ground (ATG) internet system, Gogo Avance L5, has been an available option on new Learjet aircraft since last year.
The OEM is now offering customers the high-performance 4G in-cabin Wi-Fi system as a retrofit for in-service Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft. Customers can have the system installed at all Bombardier service centres and authorised service facilities throughout the United States.
“Learjet aircraft are renowned productivity tools, and this enhancement ensures that our customers have the connectivity they need to maximise their time in the air,” says Michael Anckner, VP of worldwide sales, Learjet aircraft and corporate fleets, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With various upgrades available for our large fleet of in-service aircraft and the recent unveiling of our value-added Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft, there's never been a better time to own a Learjet.”
The new and significantly faster 4G service uses Gogo Avance L5, which is lightweight and compact, accesses the Gogo Biz 4G ground network of more than 250 towers and delivers seamless connectivity over the continental U.S. and large parts of Canada and Alaska. Designed specifically for business aircraft, the system offers audio and video streaming as well as faster web surfing for a vastly improved user experience over previous-generation technology.
There are more than 2,000 Learjet aircraft in service around the world. This fleet is a testament to the longevity and reliability of this platform, while the upcoming Learjet 75 Liberty signals a strong future.
Bombardier is growing its worldwide support network, including a new service centre at Miami-Opa Locka Executive airport and the recent addition of two US line maintenance stations in Teterboro and Van Nuys. In addition to providing this 4G connectivity upgrade to the Learjet fleet, Bombardier is also offering the latest update to the popular Garmin G5000 avionics suite aboard Learjet aircraft, which was recently certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and brings many workload-reducing improvements to the cockpit.
The Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft is on track to enter service in mid-2020. Its spacious cabin features a six-seat configuration that gives light jet passengers unprecedented freedom to stretch out. A standard pocket door delivers a quiet, productive flight coupled with the comfort of Bombardier's signature smooth ride.
The Liberty aircraft has a range of 2,080 nm, making it able to connect Las Vegas to New York, Seattle to Washington, D.C., and Mexico City to San Francisco, nonstop. This aircraft has the same operating costs as its competitors in the light jet category while offering a spacious cabin, fast speed, long range and a smooth ride. It is also certified to the FAA's more stringent Part 25 regulations, applicable to commercial airliners, whereas many other light jets are certified to Part 23.