In the works: Bombardier – Global 7000, 8000

 - November 30, 2010, 5:01 AM

Bombardier added two new jets to its ultra-long-range Global line, the Global 7000 and 8000. Both new jets are priced at $65 million (2010 $), but each offers a different level of range and size that ­corresponds to its nomenclature. The two aircraft use a similar platform in terms of airframe, engines and systems. The Global 7000 will enter service in 2016, followed by the Global 8000 in 2017.

The Global 7000 has the longer fuselage (59.6-foot cabin with four separate zones) but the lower range of the two, still a lengthy 7,300 nm at Mach 0.85. The shorter Global 8000 can fly 7,900 nm at Mach 0.85 and offers a three-zone cabin 50.6 feet in length. Cabin volume of the Global 7000 is 2,637 cu ft, while the Global 8000’s volume is 2,236 cu ft, slightly larger than the Gulfstream G650’s 2,138 cu ft. Cabin width is the same for both new Globals at 6.92 feet at the floorline and 8.17 feet at the centerline (versus the G650’s 8.5 feet) and height 6.25 feet (the same in both the Global 7000/8000 and G650). Both Globals will be powered by two 16,500-pound-thrust GE TechX engines. Avionics are the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based Global Vision system with head-up display as well as enhanced and synthetic vision systems.