LONDON – On November 29, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, announced that NetJets has come its launch customer for its new Global 8000 business jet, after placing another order for four more of the jets.
NetJets becoming the launch customer
This week saw yet another order of the Global 8000 aircraft for NetJets, with the operator firming up for a further four of the type. This will give them an eventual total of 24 Global 8000’s in their fleet once all deliveries have been completed.
The 24 firm orders includes the four they have just placed this week, eight conversions of Bombardier aircraft that they previously had an order as well as their previous direct orders for the type. This new order of four is valued at $312 million at current list prices.
This gives the Global 8000 a current list price of $78 million per unit, valuing their entire 24 on order with the Canadian manufacturer at nearly $1.9 billion.
NetJets currently operates the largest fleet of aircraft as a business jet operator, with a total fleet of more than 850 aircraft.
That tally is still rapidly growing and they have recently started operating the Global 8000’s sister aircraft, the Global 7500. However, NetJets have already said that they will be working with Bombardier to upgrade those Global 7500’s to the new flagship Global 8000.
The Bombardier Global 8000
The Global 8000 will become Bombardier’s new flagship business jet model and has some pretty remarkable performance, being the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet. It is capable of achieving Mach 0.94 at cruise as well as an incredible range of 8,000 nautical miles.
The type was launched back at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this year and will sit as their new flagship business jet alongside the Global 7500, Global 6500 and Global 5500.
Adding comments to their latest order and announcement of the Global 8000 launch customer, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Eric Martel, says, “The new Global 8000 aircraft is the ultimate solution for NetJets’ discerning Owners, offering a truly seamless private aviation experience.”
“NetJets’ experience and expertise make them the ideal partner to unlock the full potential of this revolutionary Mach 0.94 business jet in a large fleet context. Our valued relationship continues to grow stronger, and we are proud to share this historic milestone together.”
NetJets’ President of Sales, Marketing and Service, Patrick Gallagher, also says, “The new Global 8000 will help us to continue offering our Owners, specifically our international travellers, the pinnacle in unforgettably personalised experiences aboard the finest ultra-long-range aircraft available.”
“With inventory sold out through 2023 in the U.S., we are continuing to invest in further expansion for prospective Owners in North America and across the globe.”
“In fact, by the end of 2023, we are proud to share that our worldwide fleet will be approximately 30% larger than it was in the beginning of 2022.”
It is great to see NetJets becoming the launch customer for such a historical business jet from Bombardier.
It will be interesting to see how it rivals some of the other ultra-long-range aircraft that NetJets already operate, and also whether NetJets opt to bring more of the type into their fleet beyond the 24 already confirmed.