Bombardier has brought to market the newest member of its business jet portfolio, the Global 8000. It has a top speed of Mach 0.94 and a range of 8,000nm - about 1,000nm more than the Global 7500 which entered service in 2018.
Expected to enter service itself in 2025, development is ongoing and the programme is reported to be progressing to plan. For current Global 7500 operators, the performance enhancements on the Global 8000 will be retrofittable when the aircraft enters into service in 2025.
Some of its performance capabilities were witnessed as early as May 2021, following a demonstration flight with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase aircraft, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 and becoming the fastest business jet in the world and the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde. During the demonstration flight, the aircraft also became the first Transport Category airplane to fly supersonic with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The Global 8000 business jet also features what Bombardier describes as the healthiest cabin in the industry, with the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 ft when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier's Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the cleanest cabin air and the fastest fresh air replacement.
It is the only true four-zone cabin business jet to have a range of 8,000 nm. With its spacious, personalised suites ergonomically designed to maximise space and freedom of movement, the aircraft also incorporates the features introduced on the Global 7500 aircraft that dramatically improve passenger comfort, including the Soleil circadian lighting system to help combat jet lag. Coupled with the innovative Nuage seat with the first-ever zero gravity position, passengers will arrive at their destinations revitalised and refreshed.
The principal suite comes with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the en-suite. Cabin entertainment control and connectivity is managed by the intuitive nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, with Bombardier's l'Opéra directional audio sound system and available 4K monitor.
The cockpit houses the Bombardier Vision flight deck with its next generation fly-by-wire technology and cutting-edge avionics.
The Global 8000 can efficiently transport customers to a wide variety of destinations both faster and farther than ever before. And with its exceptional class-leading range and short-field performance, even more exclusive city pairs are now achievable, including Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles and London-Perth.
“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” says president and CEO Éric Martel. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”