We’ve been eagerly awaiting Bombardier’s two new ultra-long-range jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 since they were announced last summer. And we’re certainly not alone. But we’ll now be waiting a little longer than expected.
The Global 7000 will now be delivered in the second half of 2018 rather than in 2016 as originally scheduled. The even longer range Global 8000 has not been given a new delivery date, but that is also likely to be later than its 2017 schedule.
Designed to be a direct competitor to Gulfstream’s popular and highly successful G650 and G650ER, the Global 7000 and 8000 are being dubbed the “Rolls Royce Of The Skies”. This is due to the high spec interior, designed specifically with the passenger in mind and with a focus on high quality, but understated, style and craftsmanship.
The new Globals will offer a variety of layout options, including a kitchen, reclining seating areas with flat beds for between 10 to 19 passengers, and zones for dining, conference, entertainment or sleeping.
But one of the main “wow” factors is the enlarged windows – bigger than any other long range jet. Plus, with the Global 7000 offering a range of 7300 nm at a speed of Mach 0.9, and the Global 8000 set to have a range of 7900 nm at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.9; these jets are set to become the ultimate long range purpose-built business jets.
Why are the Global 7000 & 8000 being delayed?
The answer is a little unclear and Bombardier have officially cited ‘developmental challenges’. In recent months, Bombardier Inc. has seen a turbulent time. With slower sales than expected, the company has slashed production volumes on its existing aircraft ranges. The board of directors has installed a new president and CEO, and also a new president of their Business Aircraft unit.
With the new leadership teams in place, product-portfolio reviews took place, including a review of the schedules for the highly-anticipated Global 7000 & 8000.
For the time being, work is well advanced and proceeding. The first Global 7000 flight test vehicle is taking shape in final assembly – with major structural parts joined, including the rear, centre and forward fuselages, main landing gear and the wing.
Here’s hoping the new aircraft stay on track for their revised schedules. We’re looking forward to seeing their impact on the exciting long range jet category.