Bombardier announced last month at the Paris Air Show that Swiss private aviation provider VistaJet has placed a firm order for 10 copies of the Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jet it is developing. VistaJet operates Bombardier aircraft exclusively and this order, worth approximately $650 million at 2011 prices, follows one it placed in May at Ebace for six Global 6000s (formerly Global Express XRS) and two Challenger 605s. It increases VistaJet’s order backlog to more than $2 billion. Once filled, the orders will take the company’s fleet to more than 60 aircraft in response to what it describes as rapid market growth. “We are seeing unprecedented demand in the BRINC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, Nigeria and China) and other fast-growth developing markets in which we operate,” said VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr. “These markets currently account for more than 75 percent of our flights. At the same time, the geographic reach of our corporate customers places demanding requirements on our fleet, with sectors typically of between five and ten hours in duration.”
The Global 8000’s range of 7,900 nm makes New York a nonstop flight from Hong Kong or Mumbai. The type is scheduled to enter service in 2017.