Jet will fly nearly speed of sound for 8,000 nautical miles
The business jet is about to get faster and fly farther. Bombardier, whose Global 7500 set the standard for private jets, unveiled its Global 8000 on Monday. Entering service in 2025, it will have top out at Mach 0.94, nearly the speed of sound, and have a range of 8,000 nautical miles. The unveiling came at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva.
“The Global 8000 leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s president and CEO. “We listened to the customer. They’re very satisfied with the 7500 but they want more range and more speed. The time is right.”
The new jet’s GE Passport engine has been tested on a Globe 7500 that topped Mach 1 last summer. Globe 7500 owners will be able to retrofit their jets with the new engines. Bomardier will phase the 7500 when it begins selling the Globe 8000, which will have a base price of $78 million.
“We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great,” Martel said.
Like the Global 7500, the new jets will have Bomabardier’s Pur Air and HEPA filtration system, Soleil circadian lighting systems to combat jet lag, and a four-zone cabin. Nuage seats will include a zero-gravity position. The principal suite will include a full-size bed and standup shower, and the entertainment includes directional sound and a 4K monitor.
The long range opens up new possibilities for city pairs, including Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, and London-Perth.
The Global 8000 will have a cabin altitude of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 feet. It will be the fastest jet in civil aviation since the Concorde made its last flight in 2003 at more than twice the speed of sound.