New Midsize, Super-Midsize And Ultra-Long-Range JetsOctober 15, 2018
A slump in the Chinese business jet market might explain the recent lack of news concerning the Caiga CBJ800 Pegasus project. Meanwhile, a slump of market confidence in the ability of Safran-Snecma to persuade the Silvercrest turbofan to function satisfactorily is most definitely behind the absence of both the Dassault Falcon 5X and Cessna Hemisphere. The French have bounced straight back with a 6X, but while Cessna has suspended the Hemisphere, its public stance is “wait and see,” with the aircraft still promoted on its website and Safran promising an eventual fix. In the ultra-long-range jet sector, three or possibly four Bombardiers are the sum total of confirmed development projects. The Canadian company is either doing something very right or very wrong—or it could be that some of the other “usual suspects” are about to spring a surprise.