The Lear 31 has three variants, the 31, 31A and 31ER. Originally developed from a fuselage of the long-established line of Lear 35 models combined with the wing design from the Lear 55. The wing tips named Longhorn give the Lear 31 a distinctive look which is similar to the horns of the associated cattle when looking at the jet head-on. The wing tips allowed the Lear 31 to reach impressive altitudes of over 51k feet, but without the tips tanks limited range to just 1,500 miles which is about 650 miles less than its predecessor. Only 38 of the original Lear 31’s were produced between 1988 and 1990.
Production of the Lear 31 and variants ran from 1988 to 2003. The primary competitor to the Lear 31 at that time was the Citation V and Citation V Ultra which was produced between 1989 and 1999. The Lear 31 is about 50 mph faster than the Citation V and can fly 6k feet higher, but the cabin of the Lear 31 is only 275 cubic feet compared the V’s 405, baggage capacity of the Lear 31 is only 30 cubic feet of space compared to the V’s 67 and range of the Lear 31 is 1,500 miles vs. the V’s 1,850.
When Bombardier purchased Learjet in 1990 they improved the takeoff and landing weights of the Lear 31 and named it the 31A and a short time later added an ER version which added 75 gallons of fuel and about 200 miles of range. Even with the improved range, the Lear 31 never caught up to the Citation V and only delivered a total of 262 jets vs. the V’s 541.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Lear 31.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Lear 31.
NTSB Record Search
We found only one accident for the Lear 31/31A in the NTSB records going back to 2007. The accident occurred in Wheatland, WY in 2012 when the pilots attempted to land on a wet runway with ice. The jet veered off the runway and the landing gear collapsed and punctured the wing. The aircraft sustained substantial damage but no injuries or fatalities were reported.
To search NTSB records for the Lear 31 check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Lear 31’s For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 40 advertisements of Lear 31A’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Bombardier/Lear%2031A and 3 Lear 31’s at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Bombardier/Lear%2031 which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from $650k to $1.2 million.
Lear 31 Charter
There are only 52 Lear 31’s and 31A’s currently available for charter Worldwide so if this is your preferred jet, it is highly recommended you look at Fractional ownership or full ownership options. Click here to view all Lear 31's available for charter: Lear 31 Charter.
Lear 31 Jet Cards
There are no known jet cards which offer the Lear 31 exclusively but there are many options for light cabin jet cards here: https://prijet.com/jet_cards/Small%20Jet?size=Small+Jet
Lear 31 Fractional Ownership
There are no known fractional ownership programs which offer the Lear 31 exclusively but there are many options for light cabin programs here: https://prijet.com/fractional_ownership/Small%20Jet