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Business aircraft built for need- for speed and for distance

Among the ranks of purpose-built business aircraft- those at the large end of the spectrum offer operators considerable capability- both in the equipment carried in their large cabins and in the distances they can fly. Most are sold with no cabin interior items and no paint- thus allowing for the customer to customize the cabin to suit the needs of the company or individual operating the aircraft.

The Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jets generally weigh upward of 18-000 kilograms and require more runway length for operation than the jets in the categories already profiled. There’s nothing small about their business-flying capabilities either - particularly not in their long-distance capabilities. Some of these candidates are capable of flying non-stop nearly 15-000 kilometers.

Following is a review of the current and in-development Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range business jets. For the purpose of this review- the performance numbers offered are approximate. For more exact figures- refer to the specifications following the article.

BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE : Challenger 605/850

Bombardier’s Large Cabin Challenger 605 serves all the latest benefits of modern technology as it has been refined and improved since its ancestor’s initial 1978 flight as the Canadair Challenger Model 600.

The Challenger initially brought stand-up cabin space to modern business jets with its expansive dimensions- which are still a trait of the Challenger 605 offering 1.85 meters in height- 2.5 meters in width and nearly 8.7 meters in length.

Today’s Challenger 605 boasts many refined touches that work in favor of the operator- delivering a combination of payload- range and speed that is timeless in its operator appeal.

The model clears the long-distance bar as well as the Large Cabin mark with a still-air range beyond 6-500 kilometers. Today’s Challenger 605 continues to offer class-leading capabilities of its predecessors- and at just under $32 million offers good value.

Although grouped in the Challenger family- the Challenger 850 is derived from the CRJ 200 regional jet manufactured by Bombardier. Strictly-speaking its heritage would usually position it as a BusinessLiner (covered next). However- with capabilities and capacity more in line with the Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jet category- we’ve grouped it here.

Sharing cabin dimensions with the Challenger 605 (width 2.49 meters- height 1.85 meters)- the Challenger 850 does offer more length - just over 14 meters- but less range at under 5-200 kilometers. You could expect to purchase a Challenger 850 for about $33 million.

Global 5000/XRS


The Global family of Bombardier’s business jets currently available for delivery share the heritage of the original Global Express- which was one of two aircraft designs that established the Ultra-Long-Range jet segment almost two decades ago.

While at the forefront of range- speed and technological sophistication- both the Global 5000 and Global XRS provide top-level capabilities in every other aspect of business flying too:

Firstly- they each boast cabins that spread to 2.5 meters wide and stand 1.9 meters tall. Secondly- the Global Express XRS’ almost 30-meter overall length encompasses a main cabin almost 15 meters long; the Global 5000 delivers a main cabin nearly 14 meters in length.

Third- these powerful aircrafts’ operating weights reflect their global capabilities- with the larger Global Express XRS above the 45-500 kilogram mark and the Global 5000 coming in just below that figure.

The different operating weights of these two aircraft reflect the differences in fuel capacity more than their physical differences. The Global 5000 is true to its name with a maximum still-air capability of more than 9-630 kilometers- while the Global Express XRS betters that number by approximately 20 percent – to more than 11-390 kilometers range.

Global 7000/8000


If the performance numbers of the Global Express XRS and 5000 seemed impressive- Bombardier is developing two further Global models to lead its product line.

The Global 8000 promises to fly further than any other business jet available today- with an incredible range of 14-631 kilometers - connecting Hong Kong and New York direct with crew and eight passengers.

Meanwhile- the Global 7000 (which is actually the larger of the two new Global models- with a cabin 20 percent larger than the Global Express XRS) can fly 11-750 kilometers at a high cruise speed.

Cabin dimensions are shared in terms of width and length - 1.91 meters and 2.11 meters respectively. The Global 7000 cabin is more than 18 meters in length- and the Global 8000 over 15 meters in length. Bombardier intends to place the Global 7000 into service in 2016- a year ahead of the smaller Global 8000.

More information from www.aero.bombardier.com

 

DASSAULT FALCON: Falcon 900LX


The Falcon 900LX falls into our Large Cabin jet line-up. Designed with a three-engine configuration- this aircraft boasts speed- comfort and efficiency. This is helped by the set of winglets the 900LX has (drag-reducing- upturned airfoils at each wingtip that increase effective wingspan while improving speed- climb and fuel efficiency).

The Falcon 900LX offers increased range capability over earlier Falcon 900 models at about 8-800 kilometers- and while that figure may not rise to the level of the Ultra-Long-Range jets in our review- the Falcon 900LX can still fly a high percentage of the missions required of it non-stop.

Offering a very respectable set of capabilities- the Falcon 900LX needs as little as 1-630 meters of runway for take-off. You could expect to pay $42.4 million to buy a Falcon 900LX new.

Falcon 7X


At the top-end of the Falcon product line is the Ultra-Long-Range Falcon 7X- which raised the bar in Business Aviation for both range and cabin space. At approximately $50.1 million- Dassault’s Falcon 7X represents exceptional value in long-range business jet travel.

As the Falcon 900 series does among the Large Cabin jets- the Falcon 7X also stands as unique within its Ultra-Long-Range jet field- in that it utilizes three engines which help give the 7X its extraordinary distance capability and airport performance.

Dassault’s engineers made the Falcon 7X significantly larger and longer than the other triple-engine aircraft in the Falcon family- though. The Falcon 7X can fly more than 11-000 kilometers non-stop while requiring much less runway length than many of its contemporaries (just under 1-740 meters).
More information from www.falconjet.com

 

EMBRAER: Legacy 600/650


Although it has several business jets in development- covering several different categories- Brazil-based Embraer first signaled its intention to compete for a share of the business jet market with the launch of the Legacy 600 - a re-developed EMB-135 regional jet.

Since making its Business Aviation market debut in 2000- Embraer has enjoyed enough success with the Legacy 600- which has continually evolved over the years (new seats- interior design- galley and improved sound comfort to name a few improvements)- to add the Legacy 650 to its product line.

The Legacy 600 offers a maximum range of nearly 6-300 kilometers and the Legacy 650 (the same airframe but with greater fuel capacity) can fly non-stop more than 7-200 kilometers. Each offers a cabin dimension of 1.82 meters in height- 2.10 meters width- and about 15.18 meters length- with three distinct cabin zones- along with 8.1 cubic meters walk-in baggage compartment.

Prices for the two Legacy models range from about $28 million for the 600 and about $30 million for the Legacy 650.

More information from www.embraerexecutivejets.com

 

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE: G350/G450/G500/G550


One of the biggest names in Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jet manufacture- Gulfstream Aerospace- earned its position with an extensive line of Medium- Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jet aircraft. In the Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range sections we look at four currently in service (two models in each).

The G450 shares practically every aspect of the Gulfstream G350 Large Cabin jet – except for fuel capacity- take-off weight and range. By virtue of its larger fuel capacity the G450 breaks into the Long Range segment- thanks to a still-air range of about 8-000 kilometers (about 1-000 kilometers more than the G350). It achieves this without a significant sacrifice in runway length for typical operations. The G450 requires about 1-700 meters of runway length for typical operations - which is approximately 9% more than the G350.

Considerably longer and heavier than the G350 and G450- however- are the G500 and G550 Ultra-Long-Range jets. These two models offer cabins that exceed 15 meters in length.

Fueled for its maximum range- the G500 can travel more than 10-700 kilometers non-stop; while the G550- with an identical cabin- but increased fuel capacity can achieve a remarkable 12-500 kilometer-range- fully fueled.

Known for their comfort and durability- each of the Gulfstream G350- G450- G500 and G550 fulfill their operators’ needs for high-speed- comfort- and long-distance business flying.

G650


With nearly 200 square meters of floor space- Gulfstream’s G650 comes in as large as some smaller BusinessLiners- but with a difference. The G650 was- from the start- designed and engineered for the vagaries of business travel.

Once in service- the G650 will easily cruise more than 9-200 kilometers non-stop and offer a maximum range of approximately 13-000 kilometers- which will be a best among both Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jets (for a few years- anyway).

As of this writing Gulfstream was flying five test airplanes in the G650’s certification program- and the aircraft is scheduled to enter service next year- setting a new standard for comfort- speed and reach.

More information from www.gulfstream.com

 

 

EIGHT KEY STATISTICS - LARGE CABIN/ULTRA-LONG-RANGE JETS AT A GLANCE


Following is a list of Large Cabin and Ultra-Long-Range jets currently available from the manufacturers- or that will be available in the very near future. The figures are as up to date as possible but readers are advised to use them as a guide only. Always contact the manufacturer to confirm performance and specifications.

BOMBARDIER: Challenger 605


Crew 2+1
Typical passenger up to 12
Interior cabin height 1.85 metres (6 feet 1 inch)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (8 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin length 8.66 metres (28 feet 4 inches)
Maximum range 7-427km (4-010nm)
Max cruise speed 870km (473 ktas)
Price $31.85m

Challenger 850


Crew 2
Typical passenger up to 14
Interior cabin height 1.85 metres (6 feet 1 inch)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (7 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin length 14.76 metres (48 feet 4 inches)
Maximum range 5-206km (2-811nm)
Max cruise speed 850km (459 ktas) Price $32.85m

Global Express XRS

Crew 2-4
Typical passenger 8 to 19
Interior cabin height 1.91 metres (6 feet 3 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (6feet 9inches)
Interior cabin length 14.70 metres (48 feet 4 inches)
Maximum range 11-390km (6-150nm)
Max cruise speed 950km (513 ktas)
Price $53.25m

Global 5000


Crew 2-3
Typical passenger 8 to 17
Interior cabin height 1.91 metres (6 feet 3 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (8 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin length 13.92 metres (45 feet 6 inches)
Maximum range 9-630km (5-200nm)
Max cruise speed 950km (513 ktas) Price $44.7m

Global 7000


Crew 2 to 4
Typical passenger up to 19
Interior cabin height 1.91 metres (6 feet 3 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (6 feet 9 inches)
Interior cabin length 18.17 metres (59 feet 6 inches)
Maximum range 13-520km (7-300nm)
Max cruise speed 957km (517 ktas)
Price Not Known

Global 8000


Crew 2 to 4
Typical passenger 8 to 19
Interior cabin height 1.91 metres (6 feet 3 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.49 metres (8 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin length 15.42 metres (5 feet 7 inches)
Maximum range 14-631km (7-900nm)
Max cruise speed 957km (517 ktas)
Price Not Known

DASAULT: Falcon 900LX


Crew 2
Typical passenger 12
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.34 metres (7 feet 8 inches)
Interior cabin length 7.98 metres (26 feet 2 inches)
Maximum range 8-800km (4-750nm)
Max cruise speed 926km (500 ktas)
Price $42.4m

Falcon 7X


Crew 3
Typical passenger 12
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.34 metres (7 feet 8 inches)
Interior cabin length 11.91 metres (39 feet 1 inch)
Maximum range 11-019km (5-950nm)
Max cruise speed 955km (515ktas)
Price $50.1m

EMBRAER:LEGACY 600


Crew 2
Typical passenger 13
Interior cabin height 1.82 metres (6 feet)
Interior cabin width 2.10 metres (6 feet 11 inches)
Interior cabin length 15.18 metres (49 feet 10 inches)
Maximum range 6-297km (3-400nm)
Max cruise speed 850km (459 ktas)
Price $27.45m

Legacy 650 (In Development)


Crew 2
Typical passenger 13
Interior cabin height 1.82 metres (6 feet)
Interior cabin width 2.10 metres (6 feet 11 inches)
Interior cabin length 15.18 metres (49 feet 10 inches)
Maximum range 7-223km (3-900nm)
Max cruise speed 850km (459 ktas)
Price $29.5m

GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE: G350


Crew 2
Typical passenger 8
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.24 metres (7 feet 4 inches)
Interior cabin length 12.29 metres (45 feet 1 inch)
Maximum range 7-038km (3-800nm)
Max cruise speed 960km (518 ktas)
Price $33.25m

G450


Crew 2
Typical passenger 8
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.24 metres (7 feet 4 inches)
Interior cabin length 12.29 metres (40 feet 4 inches)
Maximum range 8-061km (4-350nm)
Max cruise speed 960km (518 ktas)
Price $39.95m

G500


Crew 2
Typical passenger 8
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.24 metres (7 feet 4 inches)
Interior cabin length 15.27 metres (50 feet 1 inch)
Maximum range 10-742km (3-400nm)
Max cruise speed 965km (521 ktas)
Price $42.5m

G550


Crew 4
Typical passenger 14 to 18
Interior cabin height 1.88 metres (6 feet 2 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.24 metres (7 feet 4 inches)
Interior cabin length 15.27 metres (50 feet 1 inch)
Maximum range 12-501km (6-750nm)
Max cruise speed 937km (506 ktas)
Price $58.8m

G650 (In Development)


Crew 2
Typical passenger 11 to 18
Interior cabin height 1.95 metres (6 feet 5 inches)
Interior cabin width 2.59 metres (8 feet6 inches)
Interior cabin length 16.33 metres (53 feet 7 inches)
Maximum range 12-964km (7-000nm)
Max cruise speed 1-009km (544 ktas)
Price $64.5m

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