NetJets has confirmed the delivery schedule of its Global 7500 aircraft, with the first arrival scheduled for 2021. The operator's original order for Global 7500 jets was one of the largest in Bombardier's history, and also included Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft as well as Challenger 350s and 650s.
As its initial order deliveries approach fulfilment, NetJets is also exercising options for five Challenger 350 aircraft and a Global 6000 aircraft to join its fleet of more than 120 Challenger and Global jets currently in service. Based on 2018 list prices, the new transactions are valued at approximately $195 million.
“The Global aircraft family is ideally suited to our owners' needs for range, reliability, interior comfort and smooth ride,” says executive VP of sales and marketing Pat Gallagher. “The industry's flagship, the Global 7500, will make a wonderful addition to our fleet, offering the ultimate combination of performance, luxury and innovation. It is the largest, most luxurious and longest-range business aircraft ever built and will be an excellent complement to our existing large-cabin capabilities."
NetJets first placed a firm order for 50 Global business jets, with options for an additional 70, in 2011. This order included 20 Global 7500 and Global 8000 jets. In 2012, the company also announced that it would add 100 Challengers, with options for a further 175 aircraft. The firm order included 75 Challenger 350 and 25 Challenger 650 business aircraft.
“Challenger and Global aircraft offer the ultimate in performance, comfort, reliability and smooth ride,” says Bombardier's senior VP of worldwide sales and marketing. “Our aircraft are ideally suited to meet the needs of NetJets and its distinguished owners, and this order is yet another testament that Bombardier provides its customers with the best business aviation experience. We are proud to continue to partner with NetJets.”
Recently certified by Transport Canada, the Global 7500 aircraft has a full-size kitchen and four living spaces. In addition, it boasts a range of 7,700 nautical miles, 300 further than initially anticipated. It has also exceeded its original takeoff and landing performance commitments, leading to a revised takeoff distance of 5,800 feet.