Bombardier has introduced a new addition to its business jet portfolio – the Global 8000. The long-range-category aircraft has a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.94.
“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s president and chief executive officer. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”
Some of the performance capabilities of the new Global 8000 were witnessed as early as May 2021, following a demonstration flight with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94. Bombardier said that during the demonstration flight, the aircraft became the first transport-category aircraft to fly supersonic with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The Global 8000 has a cabin altitude of 2,900ft when flying at 41,000ft. It is equipped with Bombardier’s Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for clean cabin air and fast fresh air replacement.
The aircraft has a four-zone cabin and incorporates features introduced on the Global 7500 designed to improve passenger comfort, including the Soleil circadian lighting system. It also features the Nuage seat, which has a zero-gravity position.
The Global 8000 offering includes an available principal suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the en-suite. Cabin entertainment control and connectivity features include the nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system and available 4K monitor.
The aircraft features the Bombardier Vision flight deck with its next-generation fly-by-wire technology.
Expected to enter service in 2025, Bombardier shared the new aircraft development programme is progressing to plan. For current Global 7500 operators, the performance enhancements on the Global 8000 will be retrofittable when the aircraft enters service in 2025.