Engaging in some preshow one-upmanship, Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier on Saturday celebrated a transatlantic speed record for its long-range Global 5000 that was slightly faster and slightly longer than a similar record flown only three weeks before by bitter chief rival Gulfstream.
Bombardier Global Express
Gulfstream officials yesterday got a chuckle out of claims by rival Bombardier that the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000 business jet beat their own Savannah, Georgia-built G450 on a recent speed-record flight.
Demonstrating that Boeing and Airbus aren’t the only bitter rivals in the aerospace schoolyard, Bombardier yesterday issued a public challenge to Gulfstream by proposing the two commit to the idea of holding a race.
Dubai International Airport now has not one but two purpose-built support facilities for business aviation, both located in the duty free zone on the other side of the runway from the airshow. The new Jet Aviation FBO has been operational since May, and will be formally opened at a ceremony here this evening. The new Bombardier/ExecuJet Aviation facility was inaugurated yesterday and began operations just this month.
It’s one of those problems the industry likes to see–more demand than capacity. The completion and refurbishment industry in the U.S. is struggling to keep up with the demand as sales of new and used business aircraft continue to grow, and now Canadian shops are facing the same challenge.
The number of business jets registered in Middle Eastern countries has grown by about one-fifth over the past 10 years. By the standards of other still emerging markets like Europe (45 percent growth over the same period), the Middle East’s 18-percent fleet growth doesn’t inspire awe. It does, however, dwarf the 8-percent hike seen in Asia–a market over which most business aircraft makers salivate.
Gold Air International has ordered two new Bombardier Global 5000s in a deal valued at close to $80 million. The UK executive charter operator is to receive the long-range jets between late 2008 and early 2009, allowing it to take on full-blown intercontinental missions.
Bombardier has selected the eNfusion AMT-3800 high-gain satcom antenna from Canada’s EMS Satcom as a factory option on the Global Express XRS and Global 5000. Installed atop the fuselage, the low-profile antenna provides access to Inmarsat’s Swift64 and SwiftBroadband high-speed data services in addition to worldwide voice calling.
Midcoast Aviation and Bombardier have, in principle, agreed to slots at the former’s St. Louis, Missouri completion center for the outfitting of up to 41 business aircraft–15 Global 5000 or Global Express XRSes, 18 Challenger 605s and eight Challenger 850s–over the coming three years. Midcoast completed its first “green” Challenger in 1983.
Midcoast Aviation has delivered the first corporate Global 5000 to be completed outside Bombardier’s own factory completions center. The airplane features fore and aft lavatories, dual galleys, an electrically operated conference table and carbon-fiber trim throughout the 10-seat cabin.