Bombardier has offered a first look at its in-development Global 8000 aircraft, which it touts as “the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet.”
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The Global 8000 will have a capacity of up to 19 passengers, a top speed of Mach 0.94 and a range of 8,000 nautical miles.
The interior features four living spaces, Nuage seats with a “zero gravity” position for reduced back pressure and improved circulation and the privacy of a dedicated crew suite and extra-large kitchen.
The Global 8000 also has a cabin altitude of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 feet and the cockpit of the plane is equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck’s advanced fly-by-wire technology and side stick controls.
The plane, which has a price tag of $78 million, is expected to enter service in 2025. At that time, Global 7500 operators will be invited to retrofit their planes with the Global 8000’s performance enhancements.
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The unveiling comes following a demonstration flight of Bombardier’s Global 7500 in May 2021. The aircraft, which was accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015 and became the first transport category airplane to fly supersonic with sustainable fuel aviation.
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Bombardier isn’t the only company working toward supersonic flights.
United Airlines has struck a partnership with Colorado-based Boom Supersonic to offer flights aboard its Overture supersonic jets as early as 2029. The Overture will eventually carry up to 88 passengers at a cruising altitude of 60,000 feet, traveling at a speed of Mach 1.7 and a range of 4,250 nautical miles.