NetJets, the largest private aviation company, is the fleet launch customer for Bombardier’s Global 8000 jet, with a firm order for four aircraft and conversion of eight existing orders.
The new firm order for four Global 8000 aircraft is valued at $312 million dollars based on 2022 list prices.
Bombardier Global 8000
Introduced earlier this year at EBACE in Geneva, the Global 8000 private jet is the flagship from manufacturer Bombardier. Offering a range of 8,000 nm (14,800km), seating for up to 19 and a top speed of Mach 0.94 (1,000 km/h). It is a longer-range variant of the Global 7500 and is expected to enter service in 2025.
In 2021, one of the test planes broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.015.
The Global 8000 aircraft delivers when it comes to in-flight experience. The aircraft has the lowest cabin altitude in its class, of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier Pur Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the fastest fresh air replacement. The aircraft also features the innovative Nuage seat, with the first-ever zero gravity position in a business jet, allowing NetJets Owners to arrive at their destinations revitalized and refreshed.
The cabin entertainment control and connectivity includes the intuitive nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system help ensure passengers will receive a relaxing cabin experience.
“The new Global 8000 aircraft is the ultimate solution for NetJets’ discerning Owners, offering a truly seamless private aviation experience,” said Eric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “NetJets’ experience and expertise make them the ideal partner to unlock the full potential of this revolutionary Mach 0.94 business jet in a large fleet context. Our valued relationship continues to grow stronger, and we are proud to share this historic milestone together.”
This new order will add to NetJets already massive global fleet of more than 850 aircraft (and still growing). This transaction is an addition to the Global 7500 aircraft already on order and in service. NetJets will build a 24-strong fleet of the performance leading Global 8000 aircraft, as they will also be working with Bombardier to upgrade the entire in-service Global 7500 fleet to Global 8000 jets when they begin taking delivery of its new flagship aircraft. NetJets could subsequently grow its fleet - the world’s largest, most diverse fleet in private aircraft - through a series of options that could be exercised progressively over the coming years.
“The new Global 8000 will help us to continue offering our Owners, specifically our international travelers, the pinnacle in unforgettably personalized experiences aboard the finest ultra-long-range aircraft available,” said Patrick Gallagher, NetJets’ President of Sales, Marketing, and Service. “With inventory sold out through 2023 in the U.S., we are continuing to invest in further expansion for prospective Owners in North America and across the globe. In fact, by the end of 2023, we are proud to share that our worldwide fleet will be approximately 30% larger than it was in the beginning of 2022.”
The large cabin features four distinct zones and is the only aircraft in the NetJets fleet with a permanent bed in a private stateroom. The cabin also includes a club suite, a six-person conference/dining suite, and an entertainment suite features a 40-inch 4K monitor and theater seating. Throughout the flight, passengers will be served by an experienced flight attendant from a full-service galley.
Performance-wise, the new Global 8000 aircraft can efficiently transport NetJets Owners to a wide variety of destinations both faster and farther than ever before. With its class-leading range and short-field performance, even more exclusive city pairs are now achievable, including Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, London-Perth, and many others.