Bombardier Planning G650 Competitor?
Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin last month indicated that the Canadian manufacturer might launch a model to compete with the Gulfstream G650, but he did not indicate a timescale. Some believe such an announcement could be made as soon as the first quarter of next year. Speaking to reporters at a briefing in Montreal, Beaudoin said that the company would definitely position itself to compete with Gulfstream. Bombardier’s Global XRS, which entered service in 2006, has a maximum range of 6,150 nm with eight passengers and four crew at Mach 0.85. The G650, due to enter service in 2012, will fly 7,000 nm at Mach 0.85 with the same number of passengers and crew and be capable of flying at Mach 0.925.