Lear 70 Performance, Specifications and Comparisons


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Lear 70

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Lear 70 Exterior


Learjet Inc began manufacturing The Lear 70 Medium Jet in and continues to do so today. The cabin measures 17.7 feet long by 5.1 feet wide by 4.9 feet tall giving it a total cabin volume of 444.8 cubic feet. The dimensions make it comfortable for 7 passengers, with the maximum configuration seating 7. The baggage compartment can hold up to 9 bags, assuming your average piece of luggage is less than 5 cubic feet. The Lear 70 has a maximum range (subject to headwinds, high altitude, hot temperatures, or higher capacity) of 2060 miles and a maximum speed of 621.5 mph. Common names and abbreviations: Lear-70, Learjet 70.
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  • Category: Medium Jet
  • Cabin Volume: 444.8 cubic feet
  • Baggage Volume: 65 cubic feet
  • Max Speed: 621.5 mph
  • Range: 2060 miles
  • Fuel Burn: 198 gph
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Lear 70 Interior


When you think about marquee brands, you think Cadillac and Mercedes for luxury cars, Learjet for private jets. The latest and most advanced iteration of the classic line, which has been producing their iconic line of aircraft since 1964 when the six-passenger Model 23 went into production.

Is the Learjet Family Still Valid?

Does the street credibility of the Learjet family of aircraft still hold water? By this I mean is the brand hype from years of past glory still an accurate benchmark of the quality of the aircraft, or is Learjet a relic from a bygone era?

The Learjet 70 is, by all standards, a very modern design. It does still maintain the sleak, narrow lines which made the brand so easily identifiable; their calling card if you will. But the manufacturing processes of the design are modern, with tip tanks being replaced by winglets, as more efficient engines have reduced the necessary fuel on board.

The Competition

Let’s take a look at how the Lear 70 stacks up to some comparable competitors:








Phenom 300 

Citation CJ3 

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Cabin Height

5' 8"

4' 9"

4' 75"

4' 11"

Cabin Width

5' 8"

5' 1"

4' 8"

5' 1"

Cabin Length

17' 8"

17' 2"

15' 8"

17' 8"

Luggage Capacity

80 cu ft

66 cu ft

65 cu ft

65 cu ft


2,760 nm

1,692 nm

2,040 nm

2,060 nm

The Verdict

Overall, the Lear 70 is comparable to most of its competitors. Fuel usage cost is a little over 19% more than most small jets, but maintenance is over 32% less on the Lear 70 than most small jets. That being said, crew cost and crew training are considerably higher than average, with insurance also being higher. It does boast slightly longer range than the Citation CJ3, and considerably better duration than the Phenom 300.

The Lear 70 cruises 11% faster than the CJ3, and has an tremendous ceiling of FL510, allowing operators to climb into the smoothest air and optimize fuel efficiency.

Lears made their mark with exceptional speed and high-level cruise. However, it has been often at the cost of fuel efficiency. But if covering a lot of ground fast is your bottom line, Learjets do it as well as anyone in the small jet market.

Lear 70 Exterior

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