Bombardier recently announced that it is increasing the range of its show-stopping Global 7000 business jet to 7,700 nautical miles, making it the long-distance champ of the private-aircraft industry. The 300-nm improvement has helped Bombardier’s flagship private jet beat its competitor Gulfstream G650ER, which was advertised with a maximum range of 7,500nm with eight passengers and a M0.85 cruise speed. The extended range also means that the plane will be able to fly its passengers from New York to Hong Kong, or Singapore to San Francisco, Bombardier said in a statement Sunday.
Bombardier’s flight test campaign has surpassed 1,800 hours on the Global 7000, moving the aircraft closer to certification and first delivery. The company also claimed that the aircraft reached a top speed of Mach 0.995, just short of the sound barrier. It will be one of the speediest of the Bombardier business jets as well as its largest with a 54-foot, 7-inch long cabin. The Global 7000, with a sticker price of $72.8 million, is sold out through 2021, according to the company.