A QUES­TION OF SIZE

Large-Cabin, Long-Range Busi­ness Jets

Jetgala - - CONTENT - By Jim Si­mon

TO DIS­CERN MACRO TRENDS IN BUSI­NESS AVI­A­TION, IT’S BEST TO “TAKE A 40,000-FOOT PER­SPEC­TIVE”, MEAN­ING TO EX­AM­INE THE BIG­GER PIC­TURE. Those who do re­port that the new jet mar­ket con­tin­ues to trend to­wards large-cabin, long range air­craft. Given the re­quired bud­get range, their blend of ca­pa­bil­i­ties, high-cruise speed, ex­tended range, on-board com­fort, and re­li­a­bil­ity make them the pre­ferred choice.

Large travel groups find se­cu­rity on board char­tered busi­ness jets, while air­craft own­ers en­joy greater cabin de­sign flex­i­bil­ity. In their re­cent Global Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Outlook, Honey­well es­ti­mated that 8,600 new busi­ness jets will be de­liv­ered from 2016 through to 2026, trans­lat­ing into $255 bil­lion in sales. Large jets will make up 57 per cent of these de­liv­er­ies, and of course, a ma­jor­ity of the rev­enue. Al­most a third of ex­ist­ing jet fleets are ex­pected to be re­placed or in­creased within the next five years, help­ing fuel the mar­ket. Cur­rent and re­cent launches of new air­craft mod­els are get­ting re­sults, and as our over­view shows, it’s a great time to buy an air­craft — a large one, that is.

BOE­ING BBJ 787-9

The Boe­ing 787-900 com­mer­cial jet is re­defin­ing com­mer­cial avi­a­tion for its com­bi­na­tion of range, cabin com­fort, and 20 per cent less fuel con­sump­tion ver­sus com­pa­ra­ble jets. Its busi­ness jet ver­sion, the Boe­ing Busi­ness Jet (BBJ) 787-9, builds upon these traits while in­creas­ing the de­gree of pas­sen­ger com­fort. With a range of 9,500 miles, the BBJ 787-9 can fly non-stop from Sin­ga­pore to Los Angeles while pas­sen­gers work or re­lax in any num­ber of shared and pri­vate spa­ces.

BOM­BARDIER GLOBAL 8000

Bom­bardier’s Global 8000 is an ul­tra long-range jet ca­pa­ble of mis­sions such as non-stop flights from Mum­bai to New York. Its sec­ond flight test ve­hi­cle took off in March this year. The twin-jet air­craft in­cor­po­rates the lat­est cock­pit and cabin tech­nolo­gies, such as Ka-band Internet con­nec­tiv­ity. The re­sult will be a com­fort­able in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal jet that com­petes head on with Cessna and Gulf­stream.

THE NEW JET MAR­KET CON­TIN­UES TO TREND TO­WARDS LARGE-CABIN, LONG-RANGE AIR­CRAFT

LARGE-CABIN, LONG-RANGE JETS’ BLEND OF CA­PA­BIL­I­TIES MAKES THEM THE PRE­FERRED CHOICE

CESSNA CI­TA­TION HEMI­SPHERE

Cessna has busi­ness jet of­fer­ings across the spec­trum. The Ci­ta­tion Hemi­sphere, sched­uled for ini­tial flight in 2019, ex­tends the Ci­ta­tion family legacy. With in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties and a fast cruise speed of Mach 0.90, the Ci­ta­tion Hemi­sphere has great po­ten­tial. Cur­rent Cessna Ci­ta­tion X cus­tomers are nat­u­ral prospects for up­grad­ing to Cessna’s largest and long­est-range jet ever.

DASSAULT FAL­CON 8X

The Fal­con 8X by Dassault Avi­a­tion con­tin­ues a legacy of high-per­for­mance jets. With its trade­mark tri-jet de­sign, the Fal­con 8X can shrink over­wa­ter travel time by en­abling more di­rect routes than tra­di­tional twin-jet com­peti­tors. Not only does the Fal­con 8X blend per­for­mance and range, it also utilises ‘steep and strong’ air­ports like London City Air­port, as well as ‘hot and high’ air­ports like Ea­gle County Air­port.

EMBRAER LIN­EAGE 1000E

Amongst Embraer’s famous lineup of en­try-level and mid­size busi­ness jets, the Lin­eage 1000E stands out. Shar­ing a plat­form with a com­mer­cial ver­sion used by ma­jor air­lines, the Lin­eage 1000E is more than ca­pa­ble of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal travel. For op­er­a­tors with whim­si­cal tastes, Embraer, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sot­toS­tu­dios, of­fers sev­eral in­te­rior de­signs, in­clud­ing con­cepts based on a yacht, a ranch, and early 20th cen­tury Art Deco.

GULF­STREAM G650ER

Gulf­stream is syn­ony­mous with pri­vate jets, and the G650ER builds on that legacy. De­signed to fly fast and long mis­sions, the G650ER re­ceived FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2014. The air­craft of­fers room for 19 pas­sen­gers to work or re­lax in com­fort. It’s no won­der that Qatar Air­ways has op­tions to pur­chase up to 30 Gulf­stream air­craft, in­clud­ing the G650ER, for its pri­vate jet cus­tomers.

THIS PAGE Gulf­stream G650ER OP­PO­SITE PAGE, FROM TOP Boe­ing BBJ 787-9 Bom­bardier Global 8000 cabin in­te­ri­ors

OPPPOSITE PAGE Dassault Fal­con 8X ABOVE Bom­bardier’s Global 8000 BELOW

One of sev­eral Embraer Lin­eage 1000E cabin con­cepts

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