EASA and the FAA inked their rubber stamps for the Dassault Falcon 8X’s benefit in June, leaving only the delayed Bombardier twins awaiting joining instructions for this circuit of the market.

Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000

Airplane spotters are not the only ones rejoicing that the first Global 7000 has, at long last, received a ‘C-registration’ as one of the final formalities before keeping its two-year-delayed appointment with the clouds. Four prototypes will speed the 7000 towards certification in the second half of 2018, the 8000 following it a vague interval thereafter.

The two are derivatives of the Global 6000 long-range twinjet, with different fuselage stretches: 11 ft. 3 in. for the 17-seat 7000, and just 2 ft. 3 in. for the 13-seat 8000. Similarities with the past end there, for they have a new, transonic wing – which was partly responsible for the program delay – of increased area and reduced thickness and a couple of 16,500-pounds-thrust GE Passport 20 turbofans. The 8000 covers 7,900 nm. under NBAA conditions with four crew and eight passengers, while the 7000 will reach 7,400 nm. with the same complement. Long-range cruise for both is at Mach 0.85, but 0.90 is attainable over shorter distances. Cost is in the region of $73 million (7000) to $71 million (8000).