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NetJets will become the fleet launch customer for Bombardier's Global 8000 aircraft. Adding to its already massive global fleet of more than 850 aircraft and still growing, NetJets has placed a new firm order for four Global 8000s valued at $312 million, and has converted eight existing orders for Bombardier products.
This transaction adds to the Global 7500 aircraft already on order and in service. NetJets will build a 24-strong fleet of Global 8000s as it will also be working with Bombardier to upgrade the entire in-service Global 7500 fleet to Global 8000 jets when it begins taking delivery of its new aircraft. NetJets could subsequently grow its fleet through a series of options that can be exercised progressively over the coming years.
“The new Global 8000 will help us to continue offering our owners, specifically our international travellers, the pinnacle in unforgettably personalised experiences aboard the finest ultra-long range aircraft available,” says NetJets’ president of sales, marketing and service Patrick Gallagher. “With inventory sold out through 2023 in the US, we are continuing to invest in further expansion for prospective owners in North America and across the globe. In fact, by the end of 2023, we are proud to share that our worldwide fleet will be approximately 30 per cent larger than it was in the beginning of 2022.”
Introduced earlier this year at EBACE in Geneva, Bombardier’s flagship features a range of 8,000 nm and a top speed of Mach 0.94. It has the most generous cabin size 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 Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for fast fresh air replacement. The cabin incorporates the passenger comfort features introduced on the Global 7500, including the zero gravity position Nuage seat, and the cabin entertainment control and connectivity comprises the nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l'Opéra directional audio sound system and available 4K monitor.
Performance-wise, the Global 8000 aircraft can efficiently transport NetJets owners to a wide variety of destinations faster and further than before.
“The new Global 8000 aircraft is the ultimate solution for NetJets’ discerning owners, offering a truly seamless private aviation experience,” says Bombardier president and CEO Eric Martel. “NetJets’ experience and expertise make it the ideal partner to unlock the full potential of this revolutionary Mach 0.94 business jet in a large fleet context. Our valued relationship continues to grow stronger, and we are proud to share this historic milestone together.”