The BizJet (Business Jet) market remains as lucrative as ever with competitors constantly seeking to outdo one another for both large company and wealthy individual dollars. The "Global 8000" by Canada-based Bombardier is the latest entry into the crowded field that looks to be set back by the COVID-19 pandemic - the Global 8000program is already delayed by some three years though still set to followed the Global 7500 series into service. The 8000-series sports a lengthened fuselage, extended by 2.2 feet, from the earlier "Global Express" design and will feature a complete three-zone cabin arrangement with exceptional operating ranges capable of reaching all notable business / financial hubs around the world.
Structurally the aircraft follows established industry norms in its design arrangement with the cockpit seated aft of a sloping, short nosecone assembly offering excellent vision for the crew of two. The fuselage is tubular in its general shape and tapers at the tail which is capped by a "T-style" tailplane arrangement involving a single vertical fin and high-mounted horizontal planes. The engines are held outboard on short wingstubs as far aft of the passenger cabin as possible to help reduce cabin noise. The cabin section is lined with rounded-rectangular windows for viewing. The mainplanes were seated low on the fuselage sides and are well-swept towards the rear, each member capped by a winglet for improved control and fuel efficiency.
Dimensions include a wingspan of 104 feet, a height of 27.1 feet, and a running length of 102.02 feet.
Selected power is through 2 x General Electric "Passport" turbofan engines, rated at 16,500lb thrust each unit, providing a maximum speed of 710 miles-per-hour (typical cruising being around 650 mph). Maximum altitude is listed at 51,000 feet. Take-off distance reaches 5,880 feet with landing being accomplished at about 2,450 feet. Range is listed at 9,100 miles giving it good "legs" in the air. Flights originating from London can reach out as far as Los Angeles, Singapore, and Sao Paulo.
Internally, the passenger section can be customized to suit customer tastes. This includes general seating, conference areas, private suites, and en suites as well as galley and lavatory. Up to seventeen passengers can be carried in certain arrangements.
The Global 8000 features the Bombardier "Vision" flightdeck complete with Fly-by-Wire (FbW) controlling through side-sticks, full-color touchscreen displays, Head-Up Displays (HUDs), and Synthetic Vision Systems (SCSs). Four large displays are provided between the two crew allowing quick access to pertinent operating systems and performance figures. A multi-scan weather radar is included as is graphical flight planning. Pilot seating is by way of a traditional side-by-side arrangement with the pair being separated by a center console.