- 10 Aug 2022
- Simon Pickering
- AvBuyer Africa Articles
The models currently in production at Bombardier Global are 5500, 6500, 7500 and 8000. Popular pre-owned models include Global 5000, Global 6000, Global Express and Global Express XRS. Bombardier developed its design to gain a firm hold of the top end of the large jet market.
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A Bombardier Global business jet costs between $50.4m for a new Global 5000 and $75.0m for a new Global 7500, according to Aircraft BlueBook’s Spring 2022 data. However, depending on the age and condition of an aircraft, buyers can purchase a used Bombardier Global business jet for less. Aircraft BlueBook’s Spring 2022 data showed that 2012 model Global 6000s retailed for approximately $20.0m; 2005 model Global 5000s sold for around $7.0m, and 2001 model Global Express jets cost $10m.
In April 2022 there were 994 Bombardier Global jets flying worldwide. The Global 5500 has the largest in-operation fleet percentage (42%). At the time of writing, there had been only 16 retirements across the Bombardier Global fleet (per JETNET data).
Bombardier Global private jets offer maximum ranges between 5,200nm (for the Global 5000) up to 7,700nm (for the Global 7500), according to Bombardier Aerospace.
Several private jets compete with Bombardier Global jet models, including various by Dassault Falcon and Gulfstream. For model-specific information, check out AvBuyer’s Jet Comparison articles.
Bombardier Global Jets Overview
By Gerrard Cowan, Editor - Aircraft Reviews
Ultra-Long-Range Jet Family
Bombardier answered the market’s appetite for ultra-long-range business jets introducing the 6,000nm Global Express in 1998 which was the start of the Bombardier Global brand. The Global Express shared its cabin cross-section dimensions with the Bombardier Challenger 600 large jet, but included a new wing and tail design.
The Global Express proved to be a hit within the market, and the company expanded the product line with the Global 5000 – a 5,200nm shorter-range variant – in 2003.
Then, a year later, further expansion was made to the Bombardier Global family when the Global Express XRS was introduced. Compared to the original Global Express, the XRS model offered more fuel capacity (which enabled a longer range of 6,305nm), and a swept wing design that helped improve the model’s climb performance.
After 2006, Bombardier stopped producing the original Global Express, and then in 2012 it upgraded the flight deck of the Global Express XRS, and the company essentially re-branded the aircraft as the Global 6000.
Bombardier Globals - Filling the gaps in the Large Jet market
Production of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 continues today, but Bombardier has continued to establish, expand and develop its Global product line in other areas, aiming to fill all of the gaps in the large jet market.
For example, as the battle for the longest-range business jet in the industry continued to rage, Bombardier chose its Global business jet line to provide an answer to Gulfstream’s G650ER, introducing a pair of new jets – the Global 7500 and Global 8000 in 2010.
The Global 7500 (originally named the Global 7000) first flew in 2016. The aircraft offers a range of 7,700nm with four distinct cabin zones for passenger comfort, and first began delivering in 2018. At the time of writing, the 7,900nm Global 8000 remained a long way off certification, and flight testing had not yet started.
As the Global 7500 neared its certification and entry into the market, in 2018 Bombardier also announced the new Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets. Each aircraft offers cabin improvements (inspired by the Global 7500), and utilize the same Rolls-Royce BR710 Pearl engines bringing greater fuel efficiency, better hot and high performance and extra range over the Global 5000 and Global 6000.
Both the Global 5500 and Global 6500 entered the market in 2019, and can fly 5,700nm and 6,600nm, respectively, helping fill market gaps between the Global 5000 and 6000 (in the case of the Global 5500), and the Global 6000 and 7500 (in the case of the Global 6500).