In a headline grabbing announcement this week, Bombardier revealed that the Global 7000 aircraft is now the largest and the longest range business jet ever built, with an extra 300 nautical miles range than first designed.
We knew the first production aircraft is on target for delivery in the second half of 2018, with more than 1,800 hours of flight testing done and interior fittings in progress at Bombardier’s manufacture in Montreal.
The bonus increase in range to 7,700 nautical miles has taken the crown from the Gulfstream G650 as the long-distance business jet champion.
No added cost
The new 7,700-nautical-mile baseline range will be offered to all existing and future customers of the Global 7000 aircraft at no additional cost.
It still starts at a basic $72.8 Million before accessories and customisations.
Range of Possibilities
Previously, Bombardier had advertised possible journeys for the Bombardier Global 7000 included New York to Shanghai, or Singapore to Seattle. The new range means that the Global 7000 aircraft is now the only business aircraft that can connect New York to Hong Kong, and Singapore to San Francisco.
The extra range gives Bombardier bragging rights over the Gulfstream G650 for flying distance (7,700 nm) as well as cabin size (19 pax), both of which are crucial selling points for the affluent customers who buy such toys.
Bombardier is counting on the Global 7000 to generate the lion’s share of a targeted $3.5 Billion increase in annual sales of private jets by 2020.
“We are thrilled to offer this extended range to our loyal customers, who are the driving force behind our engineering feats and who will soon own an aircraft that simply has no peer,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Not only are we standing by our commitment to begin delivering Global 7000 aircraft this year, we are exceeding expectations along the way.”
Four Living Spaces
The Global 7000 aircraft redefines business jet travel with four distinct living spaces, a complete kitchen and a full-size crew rest suite while delivering an exceptionally smooth ride above the bad weather and commercial traffic.
Althoughthe official top speed is 0.925 Mach, the business jet has reached Mach 0.995, just short of the sound barrier, during testing.
The initial cruising altitude is 43,000 Ft and maximum operating altitude is 51,000 ft.
VIDEO: Bombardier Global 7000 First Flight
The Bombardier Global 7000 is sold out until 2021.
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