EBACE 2018: An Inside Look

EBACE, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, is Europe’s premier business aviation event of the year. Held in Geneva this year, it’ll conclude this evening.

EBACE allows for Europe’s main operators, brokers, manufacturers and aviation enthusiasts to meet in the same space to exchange ideas and announce new projects.

The PrivateFly team out and about at EBACE 2018 in Geneva

The PrivateFly team out and about at EBACE 2018 in Geneva

It is also a great opportunity to unveil new aircraft designs and innovations – an AvGeek heaven! The static display outside the main event grounds are covered with private jets, much to the delight of aviation enthusiasts who treasure the chance to hop on board and truly experience the harmony of luxury and engineering up close.

For our European PrivateFly team, EBACE is a week of strengthening relationships, staying on the cutting edge of aviation technology, and participating in the world business aviation dialogue.

We also celebrated our re-certification of our ARGUS award and won the Best Broker award from the Sapphire Pegasus Awards. These are huge milestones for us that attest to our customer service.

New Jets on the Block

We witnessed the unveiling of a few new private aircraft – the new family of Bombardier Global models, the newest HondaJet and the Falcon 6X stood out the most.

Bombardier Global 5500 & 6500

Bombardier has added two new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines as well as new wing designs that expand the scope of its Global 5000 and 6000 models.

The Global 5500 will be able to reach 5,700 nautical miles, seat up to 16 passengers, and attain a speed of Mach 0.9. The Global 6500 will reportedly have a range of 6,600 nautical miles and seat up to 17 passengers.

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Models of the Global 5500, Global 7500 & Global 6500

Both aircraft will feature completely re-designed interiors to reflect a new age of luxury. The aircraft are expected to be certified and commissioned in 2019, according to the Canadian-based manufacturer.

A Bombardier Name Change

The Global 7000 is now renamed as the Global 7500. The design was released in 2010, then the program was delayed for 2 years. It finally made its first flight in November of 2016. And now, with its new name and finished touches, it appears as though the Global 7500 is ready to take off in the private aviation market.

The Bombardier Global 7500

The Bombardier Global 7500

The Global 7500 will have an impressive range of 7,700 nautical miles (more than the previous record-holder, the Gulfstream G650ER), seat up to 19 passengers, and reach a speed of Mach 0.925.

The Dassault Falcon 6X

The fabled Falcon 6X was first announced in February 2018. Its production and final design was confirmed at EBACE, with first flight and deliveries set to begin in 2021.

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Model of the Dassault Falcon 6X

The Falcon 6X will feature the largest cabin in its class at 6.5 ft high and 8.5 ft wide. It will also feature a zenith porthole, allowing for more natural light than ever-before-seen in a private aircraft.

The HondaJet Elite

The HondaJet Elite was announced as a stand-out light jet. It will feature a longer range (relative to its category), a quieter cabin, and more modern avionics to help with stability and safety.

The aircraft will also feature Bongiovi sound mechanics that reduce ambient noise for the utmost in on-board comfort.

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The HondaJet Elite on display in Geneva

The HondaJet has already been in service for a few months in Europe and has seen great success among charter clients.

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