Best of the Best 2012: Business Aircraft: Ultralong-Range: Bombardier Global 6000
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com)—which the Canadian manufacturer rebranded last year to better reflect its place between the Global 5000 and the forthcoming 7000 and 8000 jets—took to the skies in March under its new designation. Bombardier equips the Global 6000 with an all-new Global Vision flight deck from Rockwell Collins that features an industry-first heads-up display with synthetic-vision capabilities. The jet has retained the popular design of the XRS cabin, which is 48 feet long and 8 feet 2 inches wide and has seating for eight to 19 passengers. The $57.5 million Global 6000 cruises at 564 mph and can cover distances as great as 6,900 miles nonstop. The Global 7000, scheduled to debut in 2016, will have a cabin that is 20 percent larger than the 6000’s. The Global 8000, scheduled for 2017, will have a range of more than 9,000 miles.