Bombardier Global 5000
The super-large business jet range from Bombardier has previously been a catalogue scarcely browsed by individual private jet travel, despite the Canadian manufacturer’s obvious pride in nearly three decades of continuous growth in supply. History used to show that only military and commercial flight departments would provide Bombardier with enough orders to continue its Global range of jets, perhaps a reason why Toronto Exchange traders have seen the company trade at $3 a share since before they can remember.
At times when Bombardier has enjoyed windfall from their $45 million dollar range models to order, they have shown a willingness to burn the cash reserves on significant re-investment into R & D. Perhaps, now, we are seeing the logic behind that continued trend to push the envelope on their flight decks and interiors pay off for the private jet-set individuals and corporate executives. The last couple of years have shown that you don’t necessarily need to be a South African astronaut or a legendary Formula One driver to consider dabbling in the use of the extra-large 17-passenger jets.
Bombardier’s Global 5000, in 2012, is now being used as a pioneer for the company’s push to market of the Vision Flight Deck, integrating the Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics suite into the combined flight deck system. The Global 5000 has enough space to provide the flight crew with four LCD screens in a T-shape setup, working alongside the HUD display to map out a large landscape picture for pilots in all-weather and night time climates. Among all the virtual display systems to aid navigation, Bombardier champions the Synthetic Vision System for 3D terrain mapping as one of their most ground-breaking pieces of software.
The Global 5000 powertrain enables it to cruise at Mach 0.85 to a maximum range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km), which means you can make intercontinental flights interrupted, especially with only 8 passengers on board at full fuel. The jet comes equipped with a full galley at the front section for crew and passengers alike, and a lavatory nearby. As you can imagine with super-large business jets, the cabin is long enough to be customised. Bombardier has already put a little inventiveness into catering for diverse need by installing three separate temperature-control zones, including one that operates in the independent entertainment suite that can be used for recreation while others in the wider main seating area are working or sleeping in peace. For the full hierarchy of corporate setups, customers can go as far as setting up the aft for a further optional stateroom with private amenities. With or without the stateroom, the back comes with its own separate lavatory encased in the luxurious comfort that outfits the entire leather-seated interior.
Bombardier claims a 50% market share in the extra-large jet segment and only plans increase further, unveiling the 5000 at events like June’s Canadian Business Aviation Association trade show. Traditionally, this market share was established on government and civil bureau contracts in the early 2000s, but the last couple of years have shown a willingness for celebrities like Niki Lauda’s holding company and jet lessors to order their own Global 5000 jewel in their fleet.