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Last Learjet delivered to longtime buyer of the iconic line

Image courtesy of Northern Jet Management / InstagramA 60-year run has reached the finish line, as the final Learjet to ever be built has been delivered to a faithful customer of the line of jets. Northern Jet Management took ownership of the final Learjet 75 Liberty on Monday in Wichita, Kansas. "It only seems right that these aircraft find their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the inventor Bill Lear was once headquartered," the company posted on its social media accounts. "We can't wait to continue to serve our clients with top-tier safety, service and quality with these top-of-the-line aircraft." Northern Jet says in the past it also received delivery of the first and last Learjet 70, as well as the 100th Learjet 40 and the 600th Learjet 45. "We also commemorate the Learjet legacy and pay homage to current and past Learjet employees for their dedication and commitment to the Learjet brand," Bombardier tweeted on Monday, attaching a photo showing the Learjet workers surrounding the plane. Northern Jet CEO Chuck Cox told the Wichita Business Journal that 16 of the company's 23 jets are Learjets, four of which have flown more than 1,000 hours. "They've got to be well-built, and they've got to keep flying to do that," he reportedly told the journal, saying that Bombardier CEO Eric Martel personally guaranteed service on the final Learjet.RELATED: How the New Learjet 75 Liberty Compares to Previous Models Bombardier announced in February 2021 it was ending the iconic Learjet brand it had bought in 1990, in order to focus on its larger and more profitable Challenger and Global jet aircraft. "These reductions are absolutely necessary for us to rebuild our company while we continue to navigate through the pandemic," Martel said in the announcement, which came four months after the delivery of the first Learjet 75 Liberty. On the day following the delivery of the last Learjet, Bombardier announced another milestone, the delivery of the 100th Global 7500 jet.
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