One of the most talked-about aircraft at NBAA was actually in Canada, waiting to make its maiden flight. The day after NBAA ended, Bombardier’s first Global 7000 flew in Toronto, to the sound of popping champagne corks. The $72.8 million ultralong-range jet is the longest and largest built by Bombardier, featuring a 54-foot, 7-inch cabin divided into four zones. It had been delayed for several years, but is now on track for delivery in 2018. The Global 7000 has a range of 7,400 nm and speed of Mach 0.925 or, in other words, it flies at 92.5 percent of the speed of sound.
While the 7000’s performance is impressive, its four living spaces, along with a separate crew rest area, are what set it apart. “It’s a segment-defining aircraft,” said Michel Ouelette, senior vice president of the Global 7000/8000 program. “We designed it from the inside out to provide a cabin experience like no other jet.”
The 7000’s four zones can be customized by clients for either business or personal use. Choices include a clubroom for privacy, dining room, conference room, cinema room, and even a bedroom. The 7000 will feature Ka-band, aviation’s fastest connectivity, so passengers can stream anything from business conferences to football games. The Bombardier Vision flight deck features advanced fly-by-wire technology. When deliveries start in 2018, the Global 7000 promises to set interior standards in the ultralong-range class. (businessaircraft.bombardier.com)