Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets celebrated the rollout of the fractional provider’s first Global-series jet today, in this case a Global 6000 (neé XRS). Last March, NetJets placed an order for 50 Globals worth $2.8 billion, as well as options for an additional 70, breaking the fractional provider’s tradition of buying only Gulfstreams for its large-cabin jet fleets. Executives from NetJets and Bombardier, as well as 1,000 Bombardier employees, were on hand for this morning’s ceremony at the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s plant in Toronto.
After the event, the green aircraft was ferried to Bombardier’s Global completion center in Dorval, Quebec, for outfitting. NetJets’ Global 6000s, to be configured for up to 13 passengers, will feature an aft-cabin state room and full-service galley. Donald Strench, vice president of fleet planning and acquisitions at NetJets, said the Global series “is ideally suited to our owners’ needs for safety, extended range, superior reliability, cabin comfort and operating efficiency.”
NetJets’ firm order includes 30 ultra-long-range Global 5000s and 6000s, with deliveries scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter. It also includes firm orders for 20 extended-range Global 7000s and 8000s, for delivery starting in 2017.