Global 7000

Global 7000. Credit: Bombardier

In October 2010 Bombardier Aerospace made an announcement about its two ultra long-range business jets, namely Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000. The scheduled launch of Global 7000 and Global 8000 declared was in the year 2016 and 2017 respectively.

For both the jets the program has been delayed by 2 years. The reason for the delay was the company’s decision in the year 2015  to redesign the wing in order to reduce its weight without affecting its aerodynamics. The wing is called as a transonic wing. Both jets are being assembled at Bombardier factory near Toronto, Canada.

The 7000 has already made its first maiden flight on November 4, 2016, where it climbed to 20,000 feet (6,096 m) and reached the speed of 240 knots during the 2 hr 27 min flight. The official designated name was BD-700-2A12 but it is being marketed as Global 7000, the extension of their Global series and the 8000 is following soon.  The jet is powered with the new General Electric Passport 20 16,500 lbf (73 kN) thrust engine which has reduced NOx emissions and GE claims that the fuel efficiency is improved by  8% than the earlier Global Express XRS, it can cruise at a very high speed of Mach 0.90.

Though it’s an extended derivative of Global 6000 it has far more features and amenities than its predecessor. It measures 11 ft 3 in (3.43 m)  longer, will be having a four-zone 2,637 cu.ft. (74.67 cu.m.) cabin, this is 20% more than the previous. It is designed and manufactured to cover a 7,300 nmi (13,500 km) range at Mach 0.85 (average speed), that is to fly non-stop from London to Kuala Lumpur or from New York to Dubai with 10 passengers on board.

Former Formula One driver who was also a long time brand ambassador of Bombardier,  Niki Lauda has already placed his order for the Global 7000. A lot of speculations are going on about the price, the aviation geniuses expect the base price to start at $73 million!