More of Everything You Buy a Global Express For...
At NBAA yesterday,
Bombardier Aerospace introduced the new Bombardier Global Express
XRS, an improved version of their flagship business jet
The Bombardier Global Express XRS does everything the brilliant
Global Express does, even better, offering greater levels of cabin
comfort and technology to both passengers and crew, while
connecting more cities faster than any other business jet.
"The Bombardier Global Express XRS, like the Bombardier Global
Express, will continue to set the standard in the ultra long-range
business aircraft market, combining the most versatile, stately and
advanced business jet cabin with incomparable performance and
technology," said Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business
Aircraft. "There is no compromise with this jet and it reflects,
once again, Bombardier's commitment to provide our customers with
the best business jet aircraft in the world."
Chief among the aircraft's performance improvements are
increased range at high speed, improved takeoff capabilities and a
new, fast refuelling technology. The addition of a forward fuel
tank in the wing/body fairing, which adds 1,486 pounds of useable
fuel, will help carry the Bombardier Global Express XRS longer
distances at higher speeds than any other business aircraft in its
class -- 6,150 nautical miles at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85, and
5,450 nautical miles at Mach 0.87.
A new zero flaps takeoff capability will allow Bombardier Global
Express XRS operators to depart from "hot and high" airports at
higher temperatures and with a greater fuel load, reaching more
cities from more airports around the world.
The XRS also features a new, fast refuelling technology that
cuts refueling time by a third. Even with the added fuel, the XRS
can go from "gasping" to "burping" in 33 minutes. Made possible by
software upgrades to the fuel computer along with some structural
adjustments, Bombardier expects that refuelling the Bombardier
Global Express XRS will save 15 minutes.
Enhanced Vision is standard.
Bombardier's newest Global Express will include the Bombardier
Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) as standard equipment. Announced at
last year's NBAA, the BEVS will reduce the risk of Controlled
Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) and runway incursions at night or during
low visibility conditions; and it will increase overall depth
perception in difficult operating conditions and/or at unfamiliar
airports. The heart of the BEVS is the second-generation SureSight
I-series EVS sensor from CMC Electronics Inc., integrated with the
Thales Avionics Heads-Up Display which offers the widest
field-of-vision in corporate aviation. Comprehensive flight testing
will continue this fall and winter. Expected to be operational in
the first quarter of 2005, the BEVS system will allow Bombardier
Global Express XRS operators to take advantage of new U.S. FAA
regulations that increase airport accessibility.
More comfort, from many enhancements:
The new cabin of the Bombardier Global Express XRS features
several ergonomic improvements including increased cabin
pressurization, the addition of two windows, an enhanced floor
plan, and a larger storage volume. Bombardier Global Express XRS
passengers will enjoy superior comfort thanks to an improved cabin
pressurization that allows for a 4,500-foot cabin altitude at
flight level 450 (FL450) and a 5,700-foot cabin altitude at FL510.
(The company says this is the lowest cabin in business aviation.)
An upgraded optional humidification system is also available.
Windows added, too: superior cabin ambiance is also achieved
through the addition of two cabin windows, one located fore and the
other aft, each providing up to 40 per cent more natural light in
the vestibule area of the forward cabin, depending on a passenger's
seating position. In addition to more natural light, the cabin also
features the latest in Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting
technology. This new LED system is more reliable and versatile than
traditional lighting, and contributes to a superior cabin
The Global Express XRS floor plan offers several enhancements
including a full galley on the port side, a crew area with overhead
storage on the starboard side. For charter operators, the crew area
is newly certified for non-stop flights of up to 12 hours -- two
hours more than the current allowable maximum. To complement these
cabin enhancements, the Bombardier Global Express XRS will provide
up to 15 cubic feet of additional aft storage volume, an
easier-to-tailor overall galley volume, as well as more overhead
storage in the crew area.
The Bombardier Global Express XRS is scheduled to enter service
in early 2006. The list price is approximately $45.5 million U.S.,
for a typically-configured aircraft.