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Global 7000 and 8000 Program Under Review, Embraer BizJet Deliveries Up, Business Jet Market Uptick

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Bombardier Global 7000/8000 Program Under Review

It’s customary for new leadership teams to conduct broad product-portfolio reviews, and while they rarely result in wholesale changes to major programs, they sometimes lead to surprising outcomes that observers may not have anticipated.

Bombardier Global 8000 long range business jet

In the case of Bombardier Inc., where the board of directors in recent months installed a new president and CEO and also approved the appointment of a new president of the Business Aircraft unit, at least one defining program is under review: the Global 7000/8000, two ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets designed to compete against the likes of the Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER.

Bombardier Global

For the time being, work obviously 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, center and forward fuselages, main landing gear and the wing, according to a Bombardier official.

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Embraer Business Jet Business Picks Up in Second Quarter

Embraer has seen a pickup in business jet deliveries in the second quarter of 2015 and has recorded a record backlog of more than $22.9 billion. During second quarter, the company delivered 27 jets to the commercial aviation market and 33 jets to the business aviation market, for a total of 60 aircraft, compared to 58 aircraft delivered the same period last year. The company announced $2.6 billion in firm orders at the Paris Air Show…

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Nextant hands over first 400XTi to PlaneSense

Nextant Aerospace has delivered the first 400XTi to US fractional ownership company PlaneSense, bringing total deliveries of its remanufactured and re-engined Beechjet/Hawker 400A/XP business jet – introduced in 2011 – to nearly 60.

Nextant 400XTi

PlaneSense will incorporate the light twin in to its fleet before the end of the month. This is the first aircraft from an order for up to five 400XTis, placed by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based company in March. The second unit is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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Business Jet Market to See Steady Uptick

A new report from Research and Markets finds the global business jet market to be worth an estimated $21.5 billion as of 2014 and is projected to grow at 2.8 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2033. The demand for business jets continues to recover steadily since the 2008 economic downturn with aircraft delivery numbers in 2014 registering a 6.5 percent year-on-year growth rate.

The growth is driven by economic recovery, a surge in demand for heavy jets and introduction of a number of new aircraft programs by the industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) incorporating cutting edge technologies and innovations translating into enhanced performance capabilities, safety features and optimized operating economics.

The delivery numbers continue to be dominated by Bombardier in volume terms and led by Gulfstream in value terms respectively with the duo collectively holding over 70 percent market share based on revenues in 2014 with continued, robust demand growth in the heavy and medium jets segments.

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Challenger 350 on Display, First Charter King Air 350i in China, Global 7000/8000

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Bombardier Challenger 350 Aircraft on Display in Poland

Leading business jet manufacturer Bombardier Business Aircraft announced that its Challenger 350 demonstrator aircraft will embark on its Eastern European tour, starting with a well-awaited stop in Poland. On September 29 in Warsaw, media will be invited on board the aircraft for a 30-minute flight above the city to experience the aircraft’s modern, sophisticated cabin before landing back at Chopin Airport.

Bombardier Challenger 350 over mountains

Bombardier is excited to showcase this class-leading product to operators in the region,” said Christophe Degoumois, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 350 aircraft offers one of the widest, most spacious cabin in its category and boasts larger windows and a more advanced HD Cabin Management System. It is perfectly suited for the requirements of business jet travelers in Poland,” he added.

Bombardier Challenger 350 at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

Not only does the Challenger 350 aircraft feature the very latest in avionics functionality but it offers the segment’s most advanced cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines interior comfort and design sophistication, all while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger family. It is easily differentiated on the ramp with its canted winglets, which, coupled with higher thrust engines, give the Challenger 350 aircraft more performance, more efficiency and lower direct operating costs than its competitors.

Bombardier Challenger 350 NBAA 2014 JetOptions

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Beechcraft delivers China’s first 350i to be used in a charter role

Beechcraft has handed over the first of two King Air 350i to Chinese aviation services company AVIC Hebei General Aviation (HGAC).

Beechcraft King Air 350i at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

The twin-engined turboprop will be based in Shijiazhuang City, in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be the first 350i in the country dedicated to charter services, says the Textron Aviation subsidiary of the American Textron Group which also owns Beechcraft and Cessna.

HGAC has a fleet of 15 propeller-driven aircraft, including nine AVIC Y5/B piston-singles and three Cessna Caravan 208 single-engined turboprops. Its second 350i is scheduled for delivery before the end of the year.

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Bombardier Global 7000/8000: The Epitome of Private Jet Life

The Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 are ultra long-range high-speed, VIP jets that are currently under development and will compete against the likes of the Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER.

Bombardier Global 7000 at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

Initially, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 were expected to enter service in 2016 and 2017 respectively, but the launch of the Global 7000 has been delayed till the second-half of 2018 and it’s certain that Global 8000 will not arrive at its expected date. Sixty-two units have already been booked and customers include F1 legend Niki Lauda, VistaJet and NetJets, yet the delay in arrival means that Bombardier Aerospace may lose some share of the market to its competitors.

Talking about the Global 7000, it has four luxurious cabins with unparalleled space and comfort for up to 19 passengers. Bombardier promises to recreate a homelike environment that can be both productive and leisure-friendly.

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Gulfstream G650ER Farthest Flight and New City Pair Record, Dassault Military Expertise Helps Business Aircraft Development, Top Ten Long Range Business Jets

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Gulfstream and it’s G650ER are in the news. The G650ER set a couple of city pair records: It flew from New York to Beijing almost 7,000 nautical miles non-stop and then flew from Beijing to Savannah a little over 6,500 nautical miles non stop again. This ultra long range aircraft is also in the news because it flew from Singapore to Las Vegas over 8,000 nautical miles non stop. Also in this post is an excerpt from the Business Aviation Voice section in Forbes that details some of the advantages that Dassault has over other business jet manufacturers because of its military aircraft technology. We will see how well it translates when their latest business jet, the Falcon 8X, finishes its flight testing in 2016.
As always, if you have news or you have something you want us to cover here, please let us know. Oh yeah, if you need to charter a private aircraft and have high customer service expectations, contact us. We are experts at it.

Aircraft Flies Around The World In One Stop, Adds Two More City-Pair Records

Gulfstream G650ER business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G650ER recently set two city-pair records while flying around the world in one stop.

The G650ER took off from White Plains, New York, with three passengers and four crew members on board. It flew 6,939 nautical miles/12,851 kilometers eastbound to Beijing at an average speed of Mach 0.87 for a total flight time of 13 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft then flew eastbound 6,572 nm/12,171 km to Savannah, accomplishing the mission at an average speed of Mach 0.89 for a total flight time of 12 hours. The aircraft landed both times with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rule reserves.

Gulfstream G650ER business jets sets two city pair records

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Gulfstream G650ER Shows Its Long Range Capability

Travels 8,010 nm Non-Stop

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650ER has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the farthest flight in its history.

Gulfstream G650ER copletes farthest flight so far

On January 22, a G650ER, owned by Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited, flew 8,010 nautical miles/14,835 kilometers nonstop, traveling from Singapore Changi Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with four passengers, including Wynn, and three crew members on board. The trip took 14 hours and 32 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85, with tail winds of 76 knots. The G650ER landed with fuel in excess of the National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves.

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Of all of the major business jet manufacturers, France’s Dassault Aviation may enjoy a unique advantage that seems to be rarely mentioned: it also produces one of the most technologically advanced multirole fighters in the world, the Rafale. In fact, the wings for all Dassault aircraft—civil and military—are made at the same factory near Bordeaux, including those for the Falcon 8X, the company’s newest business jet.

Dassault business jets: Falcon 8X

Dassault claims its know-how in developing fighters enables its engineers to design and build business jets that combine exceptional reliability, flight-handing and technical capabilities with unmatched cabin comfort and operating economics. Major competitors, such as Bombardier and Gulfstream, would likely argue that their French rival has nothing over them when it comes to designing and building purpose-built business jets that meet customers’ most demanding expectations for cabin comfort and operating economics.

This much is certain: current-generation fighters are being built to higher tolerances to ensure precision of shape, and thus optimum performance and durability in service. No less attention is being given to the assembly of the all-important wings for the 8X and the 5X, another business jet that Dassault is developing. It is the company’s way of making sure that its business aircraft match designers’ exacting specifications, just as the Rafale does. The tri-engine 8X is actually a derivative of the fast-selling, in-service Falcon 7X, with a cabin that is 3.5 ft. longer. While the wings look identical to those of the 7X, except for a new winglet, they are 1,320 lb. lighter.

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Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 605, Gulfstream Offers ADS-B Out for G150 Aircraft, Global 7000, 8000 engine flight testing

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 605

Wide body comfort at rock-bottom cost

Many of the observations and comments we receive from our clients who charter Challenger 605 jets from JetOptions agree that although it is a slower aircraft it provides excellent space and comfort -Ed.

Challenger 605 operators are pragmatic realists. They say there are other large-cabin aircraft with fine French bloodlines, plus sporty performers from Savannah and rugged heavyweights from Brazil, but no other business jet can top the Bombardier Challenger 605 for its blend of cost effectiveness, low operating costs and cabin comfort, plus dispatch reliability and everyday utility.

Bombardier Challenger 605

Bombardier Challenger 605: Widebody comfort at rock-bottom cost

“It’s not the best performer, but you can’t beat its value for price and low direct operating cost,” says Gustavo Prato, who flies a Challenger 605 based in South Florida. Operators say they can fly it for $3,100 to $3,200 per hour, including fuel, maintenance and engine reserves. Dispatch reliability exceeds 99.8%.

Some people quip that it’s a super-sized Hawker 800, built for comfort, but not for speed. Indeed, its long-range cruise speed is Mach 0.74. Nevertheless, it can dart between any two cities in the continental U.S. at Mach 0.82. It also can fly from Paris to New York against 85% probability winds at Mach 0.80.

Bombardier Challenger 605 interior photo

The Challenger 605 has been upgraded with longer and lower cabin windows

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Gulfstream Offers ADS-B Out for G150 Aircraft

Technology Provides Safety and Operational Benefits for Operators, Air Traffic

Gulfstream Aerospace announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to install avionics known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) on G150 aircraft. The new ground-based surveillance technology, which has safety and operational benefits, is required to operate aircraft in portions of airspace above Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. ADS-B Out will be required to fly in U.S. and European airspace by January and June 2020, respectively.

ADS-B out system

ADS-B Out offerred for G150 Aircraft

“We are glad to announce that this enhancement will be available to G150 operators in January,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “ADS-B Out is an important part of the solution to meet the demands of air traffic growth in the coming years. It will help ensure customers meet current and future aviation mandates and help improve the efficiency of air traffic control systems.”

Gulfstream G150

Gulfstream G150 approved for ADS-B Out Avionics

ADS-B Out will supplement and/or replace ground-based radar systems. Using ground-based transceivers, an ADS-B Out system generates aircraft position information with greater accuracy and reliability. Benefits for operators and air traffic control include:

Improved position accuracy for air traffic control for all flight segments: surface, terminal area and en-route operations

Closely spaced parallel approaches

Reduced spacing on final approach

Improved air traffic control services in non-radar airspace

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GE launches Passport engine flight testing

GE Aviation has started flight tests of the Passport engine selected to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

GE passport engine

GE launches Passport engine flight testing for Global 7000 Global 8000

Flight testing started on 30 December on a GE flying test bed – a Boeing 747-100 – based in Victorville, California, GE says.

The 16,500lb-thrust power plant remains on track to complete certification by the end of 2015 despite entering flight tests about six months late.

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Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

JetOptions is a member of NBAA -Ed.

NBAA Charities and the family and friends of Lawrence Ginocchio annually award $4,500 to each of five undergraduate students who are enrolled at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions.

The Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship was created in 2001 by NBAA Charities and the family and friends of the late Lawrence Ginocchio to honor his outstanding personal contribution to the business aviation community. Named for a remarkable man whose strength of character inspired a high standard of caring in the aviation community, this scholarship recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated honesty, integrity and selflessness in their dealings with others. These individuals should possess a passion for aviation, as Larry Ginocchio did, and have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others.

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Bombardier has Largest Single Transaction in the History of Business Aviation

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

It is a 7.8bn order for 56 Bombardier Global jets and options for an additional 86.

Bombardier’s largest ever sale of business aircraft – and indeed the largest single transaction in the history of business aviation – was announced on Tuesday. VistaJet has signed a deal for up to 142 Global business jets which includes firm orders for 56 aircraft, plus options for a further 86.

Based on the 2012 US list price, the order is valued at more than $7.8bn if all options are exercised – topping the $7.3bn agreement Bombardier reached with NetJets five months ago for as many as 275 Challenger aircraft.

The firm order, valued at $3.1bn, comprises 25 Global 5000, 25 Global 6000 and six Global 8000 jets. Deliveries of these aircraft will begin in 2014. The agreement also includes options for 40 Global 5000, 40 Global 6000 and six Global 8000 jets. JetOptions has the full line of Global Business Jets available for charter. Read the full story here.



Bombardier Reveals Its Global 7000 and 8000 Jets

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bombardier introduced two new jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000, to the top end of its Global family of ultra-long-range business jets at the NBAA Convention today. The larger Global 7000 features a four-zone cabin and will have a 7,300-nm range, and the shorter Global 8,000 has a three-zone cabin and a 7,900-nm range. Entry-into-service date for the Global 7000 is set for 2016, and 2017 for the 8000. Both of the new jets are priced at $65 million (2010 dollars) and join the in-production Global Express XRS and the Global 5000. The new Globals will fly on a new aerodynamically efficient transonic wing, powered by GE’s new high-bypass TechX 16,500-pound-thrust turbofan engine. NOx emissions are said to be 50 percent below ICAO emission goals, while fuel efficiency is projected to be 8 percent better than the Global XRS. High-speed cruise will be Mach 0.90 and long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 delivers the aircraft’s aforementioned maximum ranges with 10 passengers. In the cabin, the new models will have windows 80 percent larger than current Globals and an accessible baggage area and crew rest area. The cockpit will feature an updated version of the Global Vision flight deck, which is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system.