Bombardier reports steady progress on both its Global 7000 and 8000 business jets with them on target for service entry in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Wind tunnel testing has been completed and the joint definition phase for the two top-of-the-line models is beginning now. A major expansion of the Global completions and customer interface facility in Montreal should be completed later this year and the top tier suppliers have all been selected.

Backlogs for the $68.9 million Global 7000 and the $66.3 million Global 8000 are “very healthy,” according to the company, and extend out 36 months for the entire Global family, “which is beyond our target range.”

The Global 7000 is the larger of the two models under development, with a 110.6 ft. length overall, and a cabin stretching nearly 60 ft. from cockpit divider to the rear pressure bulkhead, and providing a four-zone living area. It is designed to cruise 7,300 nm at Mach 0.85 with ten passengers. By contrast, the 101.6 ft.-long 8000 has a cabin measuring 50.6 ft. long and can carry eight passengers 7,900 nm at the same cruise speed.

Both models will be powered by two GE Passport turbofan engines, now under development; the powerplant is rated at 16,500 lb. thrust. The aircraft will also feature Bombardier's new Vision Flight Deck, which will include an LCD head-up display, enhanced and synthetic vision systems, electronic flight bags, and RNP 0.1 capability, and any other advances that become available.