Global Express / Model BD-700-1A10 / E-11A
In 1991 Bombardier Aerospace began looking into the possibility of an ultra-long-range corporate and VIP business jets and officially launched the Global Express program in 1993. Though similar at first glance to the Canadair Regional Jet, the Global Express was a very different aircraft due to the intended nature of its role. An advanced, supercritical wing, and powerful BMW Rolls Royce turbofans enabled this jet to fly higher, further, and faster than anything previously seen from Bombardier Aerospace.
The Bombardier Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes are known under the marketing designation of Global Express and Global 5000.
The Global Express was the pioneer of ultra-long-range private jets. At the time of its release, no other private jet had a cabin nearly as large, nor could any jet make such long-range direct flights like New York to Tokyo or Paris to Singapore. The Global Express offers everything an airliner does – range, comfort, and speed –- without the hassle. The cabin of the Global Express is designed to offer maximum comfort and amenities for the duration of long, transoceanic flights.
The cabin can be configured to hold between thirteen and nineteen passengers in a space that is 6.3 feet high, 8.2 feet wide, and 48.4 feet long. The cabin can be divided into three areas for increased privacy in conferences. Two fully-enclosed lavatories are located in the cabin, one of which can be equipped with a shower, if desired. Extensive cabin insulation cuts down on noise, and improved engines produce less audible vibration. There is a wide range of standard and optional cabin amenities, including a 17 channel SATCOM, fax machine, cabin entertainment system with VHS, DVD, and CD players, as well as individual video screens and a full-sized galley.
The engines themselves are BMW/Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 turbofans, which produce 14,750 pounds of thrust each on takeoff. The Global Express can climb to 37,000 feet in nineteen minutes. Its maximum certified flight ceiling is 51,000 feet, but it generally cruises around 42,000 feet –well above most commercial and private jets. For long-distance flights, the Global Express can reach speeds of 488 knots, and reach 499 knots when cruising at high speed.
Fortunately, one of the strengths of the Global Express is its ability to fly at high speeds without sacrificing range. Its maximum range is 7,000 miles (6,100 nautical miles) at a speed of .85 Mach. Despite a fairly high maximum takeoff weight of 95,000 pounds, the Global Express needs only 5,820 feet of runway to take off at sea level, and 7,880 feet to take off from a runway 5,000 feet above sea level.
The avionics and flight control systems were designed to be intuitive and easy to operate. Many systems require almost no input from the pilots. The Express’ cabin pressurization system, for example, automatically adjusts cabin pressure throughout the flight. The pilot merely has to enter the altitudes of the runways at the initial and final destinations. The cabin is rated to 10 psi, meaning it can maintain a sea level cabin while at an altitude of 26,500 feet. Engine startup is very simple, as is the fuel balance system, which automatically adjusts the fuel levels in the two wet wing tanks. Besides being easy to fly, the Global Express is very reliable. Most of its critical systems have two or three backup systems in place.
The avionics system equipped in the Global Express is the Honeywell Primus 2000XP suite. It has six 7 x 8 inch screens. Some screens display flight and environment information, while others are blank (to minimize distractions), except when notifying the pilots of an emergency. The avionics system comes standard with a triple LASEREF IV inertial reference system, a GPS receiver, avionics computers, nav/comm radios, and can be configured to include almost any piece of avionics equipment desired.
In short, the Global Express offers unlimited travel options. Its cabin size, range, and speed are more than sufficient for flights anywhere in the world. Other private jets cannot compare to the large-scale capabilities of the Global Express.
In April 2016 attendees at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California had a unique opportunity to tour the impressive full-scale mock-up of Bombardier’s innovative Global 7000 business jet. The life-size mock-up, which will be displayed adjacent to the conference headquarters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from May 1-4, 2016, showcases the aircraft’s stylish and precedent-setting four-zone interior. This is the first time an aircraft mock-up had been displayed at the conference.
The first and only business jet to offer four unique living spaces, the Global 7000 aircraft will set the standard for a new category of large business jets, providing unmatched performance, flexibility, and comfort. The state-of-the-art Global 7000 aircraft will feature a wing that optimizes both short-field and high-speed, long-range performance, coupled with highly efficient engines, the largest cabin and the most advanced cockpit.
Passengers flying on the Global 7000 business jet will experience an impressive long-range capability of 7,400 NM (13,705 km) at M 0.85 with eight passengers. This business aircraft will be able to connect Los Angeles to major economic hubs, such as Hong Kong, Sydney or Moscow non-stop, and will feature a maximum operating speed of M 0.925.
The incomparable Global 8000 business jet leads the evolution of business aviation with its consummate cabin comfort and remarkable non-stop range capability. A power lunch or a family dinner, your dining table balances work and pleasure, crafted with luxury and lifestyle in mind. A large galley ensures extraordinary culinary experiences. Take in a movie, enjoying front row comfort like never before. Introduce your family and your business world to an in-flight experience of unsurpassed excellence.
This aircraft was under development as of 2016.
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