Bombardier’s sustainable supersonic test to introduce new Global superstar

Bombardier unveiled the newest member of its business jet portfolio at the European Business Aviation Association’s annual event EBACE today, with the introduction of the Global 8000 aircraft claiming it as the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet.

The Global 8000 will take world's fastest business jet title when it enters service in three years after supersonic test flight (Image Bombardier)

With an industry-leading range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.94, the Global 8000 aircraft was described at the Geneva event as the ultimate all-in-one business aircraft, “offering customers a unique blend of outstanding performance married with the smoothest ride and an uncompromising passenger experience”  

“Today, Bombardier solidifies once more its position as the leader in business aviation with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s president and chief executive officer. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”

Some of the impressive performance capabilities of the new Global 8000 aircraft were witnessed as early as May 2021, following a demonstration flight with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 and becoming the fastest business jet in the world and the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde. During the demonstration flight, the aircraft also became the first Transport Category airplane to fly supersonic with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The Global 8000 business jet also features the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier’s Pũr Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the cleanest cabin air and the fastest fresh air replacement.

The cabin design is impressive with four spacious personalized suites ergonomically designed to maximize space and freedom of movement, the Global 8000 aircraft and includes the revolutionary features introduced on the Global 7500 aircraft such as the Soleil circadian lighting system to help combat jet lag. Coupled with the innovative Nuage seat with the first-ever zero gravity position, Bombardier said passengers will arrive at their destinations revitalized and refreshed.

In the cockpit, the Global 8000 aircraft features the renowned Bombardier Vision flight deck with its next generation fly-by-wire technology and blend of cutting-edge avionics with exceptional ergonomics and aesthetics for remarkable comfort and control.

Performance-wise, the new Global 8000 aircraft can efficiently transport customers to a wide variety of destinations both faster and farther than ever before. allowing exclusive city pairs such as Dubai-Houston.

The new flagship is expected to enter service in 2025.