Is a Bombardier Global 7500 the right choice for your travel needs?
PROS of the Bombardier Global 7500
One of the top-selling points of the Global 7500 is its spacious and versatile cabin design, which accommodates almost anything passengers might want to do during a long flight, from hosting meetings to watching entertainment, dining, sleeping, and being refreshed before landing. One of the luxuries offered by the Global 7500, more typically only found on private airliner jets, is the option of an en-suite with a stand-up shower option. We should note that water is heavy—each litre weighs a kilo—and aircraft are therefore limited in water storage capacity. Don’t expect to linger under the showerhead on any jet offering shower facilities. Even so, it’s a welcome opportunity to freshen up for those headed straight to meetings at their destination.
There are two private lavatories onboard, one at the entrance and the en-suite at the back. Other features to enhance the flight experience include a large galley with dual convection/microwave ovens for hot meal preparation, chilled storage, a sink and faucet, and a coffee/espresso machine.
The separate club and conference suites allow passengers to relax, gather and dine. They feature comfortable Nuage seats, which can extend to zero-gravity sleep-in recliners, fold-away tables and large-screen high-definition televisions. You can convert the three-seat-place divan in the entertainment to a bed, creating a second bedroom onboard.
The aircraft can accommodate up to 19 passengers in its 1.8m tall, 2.4m wide, 16.59m long cabin. Crew can relax between shifts during longer flights in the private rest area with a breathable seat.
Extra-large windows allow natural light to bathe the interior and offer better views in-flight. Bombardier’s Soleil lighting system helps regulate circadian rhythms, improving rest and reducing jetlag. Onboard entertainment equipment includes a 40-inch 4K TV home theatre with surround sound. Bombardier’s l’Opéra audio system features seat-centric sound technology. Passengers can access the 5.5 m3 baggage compartment through the aft lavatory.
The aircraft’s capabilities are as impressive as the interior. With an extra-long range of 7,700 nautical miles, you can complete non-stop missions between city pairs like New York/Hong Kong or Singapore/San Francisco.
The GE Passport engines, designed specifically for the Global 7500 business jet, enable a top speed of Mach 0.925 and operate with fuel efficiency. Its steep approach and the braking system allow the Global 7500 business jet to compete with smaller jets accessing tight airports like London City. The unique wing design also promises passengers stability in flight for a smooth ride.
CONS of the Bombardier Global 7500
The Global 7500 is an expensive jet with a $75m list price, even if its costs align with performance and comfort. It is on par with its equally impressive rival, the Gulfstream 700, but significantly more expensive than alternatives, like the G6000 (around $62m list) and the Falcon 8X (around $58m list). While these alternative aircraft have a shorter range and are not like-to-like comparisons in design, they have their advantages.
While Bombardier celebrated the 100th delivery of a Global 7500 in March of last year and expected to deliver 15-20% more aircraft in all product classes this year, the production line for Global 7500 is booked well in advance. Delivery of a new jet may take a while.
Too much jet is always too much. A larger jet can limit the city pairs you can fly between on short trips. Industry statistics show those are the most frequent missions. A smaller jet may offer greater freedom unless you travel with a group. Larger jets require a more significant fuel, storage, maintenance, and staff budget. The estimated annual operating costs for the Global 7500 are north of $3.5 million, around $8,000 per flight hour.
But for those globetrotters for whom money is no object, the Bombardier Global 7500 is a beautiful jet. Let us know your needs, and a LunaJets advisor will provide you with more information.