Aircraft of the Month: Learjet 45 XR

(photo credit: London Air Services)

Ever wanted to travel in style on your own private jet? YVR’s newest resident Jaeger Mah learned just what it was like when he arrived at YVR in style on the Learjet 45 XR operated by London Air Services.

The Learjet 45 XR is the first business aircraft to be designed and manufactured entirely by computer, and is known for being able to fly faster, farther and higher for a lower operating cost than other aircraft in its class – in today’s aviation economy this has made the Learjet 45 XR popular. The Learjet is also a powerful business tool, the aircraft puts corporate travellers within nonstop range of other major centres; from London, for example, passengers can jet to anywhere in Europe, parts of Northern Africa or the Middle East without having to stop for refueling.

Operators: More than 2,300 Learjets are in operation as corporate jets worldwide.

Manufacturer: Bombardier

Country: Canada

First Flight: The original Learjet 23, at that time owned by the Swiss American Aviation Corporation, first flew on October 7, 1963. More than three decades later, on October 7, 1995, the Learjet 45, under Bombardier ownership, took its first flight. US FAA certification was granted on September 22, 1997. The first aircraft was delivered on January 1998.

Maximum Operating Altitude: 15,545 m (51,000 ft)

Crew: 2

Average Cruise Speed: 846 km/h (526 mph)

High-Speed Cruise: 859 km/h (534 mph)

Long-range Cruise Speed: 796 km/h (495 mph)

Engines: Honeywell TFE731-20-AR

Height: 4.31 m (14.13 ft)

Length: 17.56 m (57.6 ft)

Wingspan: 14.56 m (47.78 ft)

Passenger Capacity: 8 or 9

Maximum Range: 2,650 km

Maximum payload: 1,046 kg (2,305 lb)

Maximum Fuel Weight: 2,750 kg (6,062 lb)

Take-off Weight: 9,299 kg (20,500 lbs), maximum

The YVR Connection: London Air Services, which operates out of YVR’s south side, flew in contest winner Jaeger Mah on a Learjet 45 XR to live at YVR for 80 days and 80 nights. You can view a video Jaegers first day, which includes a tour and takeoff of this aircraft at


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