The Learjet 60 was replacement for the mid-size Learjet 55C and was a mid-size cabin, medium range business jet. Thrust reversers and single point refueling are standard equipment, and the aircraft features a full galley together with an aft toilet. It also benefits from numerous aerodynamic refinements to its wing and fuselage, as well as larger aft stabilization delta fins.
As of February 2022, 93% of all Learjet 60 aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owners, the other 7% new. 5.7% are for sale with the majority of those (62.5%) under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale the average time on the market is 96 days.
The Learjet 60 was announced in October 1990, just a few months after Bombardier acquired Learjet. The first Learjet 60 flight was in 1991 and deliveries began in 1993. Production of the Learjet 60 ended in 2007 with a total of 316 aircraft produced. 36 have since been retired. The Learjet 60XR was launched as the new variant in 2005 and ended production in 2013.
There are 280 Learjet 60 aircraft in operation today. The majority of those (273) are wholly owned with 7 in shared ownership. 3.9% are currently leased. North America has the largest percentage of wholly owned Learjet 60 aircraft (75%), followed by South America (10%) and Europe (6%).