Global 8000: Bombardier continues to develop a new business jet
The Canadian aircraft manufacturer has confirmed that it is still interested in developing the Global 8000 representative aircraft, even though the Global 7500’s excellent technical indicators are on display.
"We are still exploring options on the 8000. There are a number of items we are working on with an eye on what that would be," says Stephen McCullough, vice-president of engineering and product development for the Global 7500 and 8000.
Currently, Bombardier has not yet launched the Global 8000 development program, for this reason, pre-sales for the new aircraft have not yet begun. At the moment, the company is studying the market and the development of the characteristics of the new aircraft.
Bombardier announced in April 2018 that the maximum range of the larger Global 7000 – subsequently renamed as the Global 7500 – would increase by 300nm (555km), to 7,700nm, eroding the difference between it and the 7,900nm-range Global 8000.
Despite the long hiatus, McCullough insists that activity on the Global 8000 is picking up: "We are really seeing a lot of work going into that this year, but an external decision or launch? I'm not sure. We need to see where it fits in on our whole portfolio. But trust me, we are active on it.
"I can certainly say that in the last month, I have had numerous meetings on what the options are, what it could be and what it could look like.»
McCullough maintains that the airframer's current priority is ensuring the smooth ramp-up and service entry for the Global 7500. Deliveries of the $72.8 million jet began last December.
What will be the new aircraft from the Canadian Aircraft Corporation Bombardier Aerospace can be assumed by looking at its' latest aircraft - Global 7500.
The special lighting used in the Global 7500 cabin simulates daylight and helps to adapt to time zones, ensure healthy sleep, or wake up gently at the right time. Among the furniture in the plane, you can find the Nuage chair, the basis for which was the classic chair model for a business class, the design of which took into account all previous user experience and resolved minor but unpleasant defects that could cause the slightest discomfort or inconvenience to the passenger.
Recently, the Global 7500 received a type certification, confirming the status of the world's largest business jet, capable of traveling long distances and delivering its passengers without refueling to the world's largest megalopolises. In the case of the new Bombardier, this distance is 7700 nautical miles.
With the Global 8000, Bombardier promises to provide an aircraft that can fly farther not only compared to the rest of the company's fleet, but also compared to any other existing long-haul business jet. That is, this jet can carry up to 13 passengers from Los Angeles to Sydney or from Hong Kong to New York. Global 8000 will overtake competitors not only due to the unique flight range, but also due to an incredibly luxurious cabin, providing any passenger with a pleasant trip, whether they sleep in one of the comfortable beds, watch a movie in front of a huge screen or look into the huge windows of an airplane.
The engines, according to preliminary information, will remain the same - belonging to the Global GE Aviation Passport 20 family and darker with the Fly-by-Wire control type already integrated into the Global 6000 and Global 7500.