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A stalwart in the industry for more than 50 years, Bombardier Business Aircraft has one of the most comprehensive lines of jets in the industry. Its three aircraft families — Learjet, Challenger, and Global — can address the needs of customers as their travel requirements change along with their businesses. With a good start to the year and the anticipated delivery of the Global 7000 following shortly, 2018 looks to be an exciting year for Bombardier.
A good start
If the rest of 2018 is like the first quarter, business aviation insiders can expect Bombardier to have a banner year. First-quarter revenues reached $1.11 billion, a 9% increase year-over-year, and deliveries were up two jets at 31. Bombardier projects 135 deliveries in 2018, and the first deliveries of its Global 7000, sold out through 2021, will add to its already-large portfolio. The timing couldn’t be better as analysts expect the business aviation industry to continue its long-awaited turnaround.
The Bombardier family
The Challenger 350 was among the best-selling business jets in the first quarter of 2018. In addition, it was the top-selling business jet in 2017, according to General Aviation Manufacturers Association data, with 56 deliveries. In the first quarter of this year, Bombardier delivered 12 of the super-midsize jets. The Challenger 350’s popularity is a testament to the exceptional flight experience its roomy cabin, advanced cabin management system, in-flight luggage compartment access, as well as excellent connectivity and communications solutions provide. The aircraft has a range of 3,200 nautical miles, is NextGen-ready, and has the lowest operating costs in its class.
Bombardier’s flagship Global 5000 and 6000 were also top sellers with 10 deliveries combined in the first quarter of 2018. The Global series of large-cabin ultra-long-range jets is known for its comfort and style while providing the latest in business productivity tools and technologies. The Global 5000 seats up to 16 passengers and has a 5,200-nautical-mile range; the Global 6000 seats up to 17 and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
Global 7000: The next great business jet
The Global Series will soon have another aircraft in its lineup: the Global 7000. The 7000 made its debut flight in November 2016, and the five flight test aircraft in the fleet have since accrued more than 1,800 flight hours. Certification is expected later this year with the first delivery shortly thereafter, making the 7000 Bombardier’s flagship business jet. It has a range of 7,400 nautical miles and can see speeds up to Mach 0.925; however, as its flight tests have shown, it has the capability to hit the 7,700-nautical-mile mark at Mach 0.85, positioning it to claim the long-range business jet title and opening up “city pairs such as New York to Hong Kong and Singapore to San Francisco,” according to the BJT article.
Whether you’re looking to buy a quality preowned Challenger or are in the market for state-of-the-art technology and comfort in the new Global 7000, you shouldn’t undertake the process of finding and financing a new aircraft on your own. Get help from an expert to find the best option for your needs.
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Air travelers today are treated more like sardines than humans. Major carriers such as American Airlines and British Airways are continuing to reduce legroom. But it’s still possible to find space in the skies as business and private jets give travelers the opportunity to spread out and enjoy their flights.
You deserve it
Air travel shouldn’t simply be about getting from one place to another. It should be a comfortable experience. Not all travelers can have that experience when flying commercially.
Think about the last commercial flight you took. Did you have to duck down as you walked into the cabin? Did you sit at an uncomfortable angle or with your knees at your chest? Was it possible for everyone in your party to bring their carry-on luggage? How was the lavatory? Chances are few of those memories are pleasant.
Private jets allow for a much better experience, especially for taller people who often get crunched on commercial flights. While the average American man is five feet eight inches tall, many CEOs of large companies stand at six feet two inches or taller. Plus, many private jet cabins offer amenities like private lavatories and space for extra luggage for your entire party.
Certainly, a roomy cabin allows travelers to stretch and spread out, but many aircrafts offer much more than space alone: They offer luxury.
The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Max 7 is longer than the original BBJ by six feet four inches. This allows roomy standard seating for 19 passengers in two main cabin areas. Plus, it has self-leveling beds and the lavatory with a shower in a private cabin. It’s quite a benefit for long excursions since the jet has a range of up to 7,000 nautical miles.
The Bombardier Global 6000 has a luxurious cabin with one of the longest seating areas and usable floor spaces on the market. Large windows light the cabin naturally, and available Ka-band technology provides super-fast in-flight internet connectivity. Not only are passengers comfortable, it’s also easier for them to be productive. It’s an aircraft many prefer because of the cabin comfort, full galley, and entertainment options, such as a 42-inch TV.
The Bombardier Challenger 850 also offers one of the largest and most comfortable cabins available. It’s easy for passengers to move around the aircraft’s eight-foot-two-inch width. In one floor plan option, forward and aft deluxe lavatories are easily accessible, and an expansive galley — separate and discreet from the main cabin — allows for gourmet in-flight meals.
According to the Business Jet Traveler article, the Falcon 2000EX EASy is another favorite with a spacious cabin. The aircraft can fit three completely flat single beds and one double. Such accommodations make for comfortable flights even across vast intercontinental distances. To pass time, passengers can watch their favorite movies on one of two large TV screens or one of several individual seven-inch screens.
When you’re ready to purchase a new private or business jet, get the amount of space and amenities you need — and deserve. Don’t know what you realistically need? Your private jet partner can help get the additions you need without going over your budget.