NetJets will be the fleet launch customer for Bombardier’s Global 8000, having placed a new firm order for four Global 8000 jets, valued at $312m, and converted eight existing Bombardier orders.
This transaction adds to Global 7500 aircraft already on order and in service. NetJets will build a 24-strong fleet of the Global 8000, as they will also be working with Bombardier to upgrade the entire in-service Global 7500 fleet to Global 8000 jets when they begin taking delivery of its new flagship aircraft. NetJets could subsequently grow its fleet through a series of options that could be exercised progressively over the coming years.
Introduced earlier this year at EBACE, Bombardier’s flagship for a new era features a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.94.
“The new Global 8000 aircraft is the ultimate solution for NetJets’ discerning Owners, offering a truly seamless private aviation experience,” said Eric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier. “NetJets’ experience and expertise make them the ideal partner to unlock the full potential of this revolutionary Mach 0.94 business jet in a large fleet context. Our valued relationship continues to grow stronger, and we are proud to share this historic milestone together.”
“The new Global 8000 will help us to continue offering our Owners, specifically our international travellers, the pinnacle in unforgettably personalised experiences aboard the finest ultra-long-range aircraft available,” said Patrick Gallagher, NetJets’ president of sales, marketing and service. “With inventory sold out through 2023 in the US, we are continuing to invest in further expansion for prospective Owners in North America and across the globe. In fact, by the end of 2023, we are proud to share that our worldwide fleet will be approximately 30% larger than it was in the beginning of 2022.”
The Global 8000 has a cabin altitude of 2,900ft when flying at 41,000ft. It is equipped with Bombardier Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology. The cabin incorporates certain features introduced on the Global 7500 designed to dramatically improve passenger comfort. The aircraft also features the Nuage seat, which offers a zero-gravity position. A Principal Suite is available with a full-size bed. Other highlights include the nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system, and available 4K monitor.