NBAA Convention News

NetJets Unveils Signature Series Global 6000

 - October 29, 2012, 6:40 PM
NetJets chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell and Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi

NetJets unveiled its new Bombardier Global 6000 at the NBAA show static display on Sunday. The fractional ownership giant has spent 18 months developing the Signature Series cabin interior for the large cabin aircraft and will also roll out the new design to other new members of its fleet, including the Challenger 605 and 300 models.

“We expect this to be an industry-leading product and it will be the top of the line for us,” NetJets chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell told a press briefing. The Global 6000 on display here will return to Montreal next week ahead of an imminent final delivery to the operator.

The aircraft is part of the 50-ship firm order for Global business jets placed by NetJets back in March 2011, along with options for 70 more. The firm orders include a mix of 30 Global 5000 and 6000 jets, plus 20 examples of the under-development Global 7000 and 8000 long-range jets. The $6.7 billion Global contract was subsequently topped by NetJets’s $9.6 billion deal in June 2012 for up to 275 Challengers.

The Signature Series Global 6000 features a full-service galley in the forward section of a cabin that can seat up to 13 passengers, as well as providing a crew rest area for long-haul missions. The cabin also includes a private stateroom and interiors featuring light-colored leather and ostrich-embossed leather upholstery, complemented by African Sapele wood surfaces and a brushed steel metallic trim.

“We listened to our customers when we began looking at aircraft to add to our fleet,” said Hansell. “The Bombardier Global 6000 embodies the characteristics we were looking for—state-of-the-art, customized features and the finest craftsmanship.”

Bombardier has the second largest cluster of aircraft in the NBAA’12 static display, with nine jets on show. In addition to a pair of Global 6000s, visitors can also see a Global 5000, a Challenger 605 and a 300, a Learjet 75, a 60XR, a 45XR, plus cabin mockups of both the Learjet 85 and 75.