If you attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas in October, perhaps you were among the first to lay eyes on Bombardier’s newest prototype private jet: the Global 7000. Having debuted at the event, the Global 7000 is the ultimate in performance and comfort as evidenced by its $72.8 million price tag.
What’s new in the Global 7000?
The Canadian company’s much anticipated release is the most recent iteration of its flagship model — the Global 5000. At 111 feet, it’s Bombardier’s largest private jet to date. The Global 7000 has a range of more than 8,500 miles, allowing nonstop flights between major cities like New York and Dubai. It can reach speeds of Mach 0.925 and provides the performance and maneuverability of a much smaller jet.
The Global 7000’s full-glass cockpit is spacious and comfortable, and the wings provide exceptionally smooth flights. It has a state-of-the-art Vision flight deck, advanced navigation, weather radar including windshear detection, and cutting-edge fly-by-wire technology. The jet seats up to 19 and the cabin configuration is fully customizable with four living spaces and a crew rest area, nearly infinite furnishing options, advanced air control and pressurization systems, personalized options for dining, entertainment and business spaces, and fast in-flight connectivity options.
Bombardier to focus on private aviationCoinciding with final Global 7000 development plans is Bombardier’s announcement that it is giving up control of its C Series commercial aircraft program to Airbus. The program has been struggling and has been among the lowest-performing Bombardier divisions. The shift will allow the company to put more focus on its more profitable private jet programs, and the release of the Global 7000 will further emphasize the manufacturing firm’s focus on the private jet market.
The current test vehicle has a complete interior which Bombardier is using to test the passenger experience. The final test vehicle is under production, and final models are expected to enter into service in the second half of 2018. The bad news for those interested in purchasing: The Global 7000 is sold-out through 2021. For those who don’t want to wait, the next best thing could very well be a preowned Global 6000.