On Monday, Bombardier revealed high-speed achievements while confirming the launch of the newest member of its industry-leading business jet portfolio, providing a glimmer of excitement in the race to resume supersonic passenger flights decades after the retirement of Concorde.
The Global 8000 aircraft, the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet, has been unveiled by the Canadian business jet manufacturer. It has been innovatively designed with the industry’s healthiest cabin for safety, comfort, and performance without compromise.
The Global 8000 aircraft has a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers, a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km), and a top speed of Mach 0.94 (1,160 km/h).
The aircraft is based on Bombardier’s Global 7500 flight test vehicle, which achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015 while flying alongside a NASA F/A-18 chase plane. During the demonstration flight, the aircraft also became the first Transport Category plane to fly supersonically with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The Global 8000 business jet also has the industry’s healthiest cabin, with the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 feet. It also has Bombardier’s Pr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the cleanest air and the quickest fresh air replacement.
The Global 8000 aircraft, with its spacious four personalized suits ergonomically designed to maximize space and freedom of movement, also incorporates revolutionary features that dramatically improve passenger comfort, such as the Soleil circadian lighting system to help combat jet lag.
“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family. The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer
The Global 8000 is scheduled to enter service in 2025. The incredible performance enhancements on the Global 8000 will be retrofittable for current Global 7500 operators when the aircraft enters service in 2025.