Comparing the Bombardier Global 5000 and the Bombardier Global Express is a curious endeavor.
The Bombardier Global 5000 represents the smallest Global aircraft that Bombardier currently make.
On the other hand, the Global Express is an aircraft that no longer fits in the Bombardier’s lineup. Moreover, deliveries started over twenty years ago.
However, despite being older than the Global 5000, the Global Express is easily able to keep up.
First up in this comparison is performance.
Much like when comparing the Global 5000 with the Global 6000, the Global 5000 and Global Express share the same powerplant.
Both aircraft are powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710-A2-20 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 14,750 lbs of thrust. Consequently, the total thrust output of both the Global 5000 and Global Express comes to 29,500 lbs.
However, while both aircraft have the same power output figures, they do not share the same cruise speed.
The Global 5000 is the faster aircraft with a maximum cruise speed of 499 knots. In comparison, the Global Express is unable to cruise faster than 488 knots.
Moreover, the Global 5000 burns less fuel per hour. On average, the Global 5000 will burn 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH). In comparison, the Global Express burns around 486 Gallons of fuel per Hour.
Given that the Global Express is no longer part of the Bombardier in-production lineup of aircraft, it doesn’t quite fit in the family range wise.
For example, the Global 5000 is capable of flying up to 5,200 nautical miles (5,984 miles / 9,630 kms) without needing to refuel.
In comparison, the Global Express is capable of flying up to 6,100 nautical miles (7,020 miles / 11,297 kms) without needing to refuel.
The reason that the Global Express no longer fits in the lineup is because of the Global 6000 aircraft, which has a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
This, therefore, starts to complicate options if you add the Global Express (and Global Express XRS for that matter), into Bombardier’s current Global aircraft lineup.
Of course, as with every manufacturer stated range figures, these numbers are somewhat optimistic.
You can visualize these range figures using our private jet range tool here.
When it comes to ground performance, the Global 5000 is able to slightly beat the Global Express in all measures.
However, this minor difference in take off and landing distance is unlikely to be realized in real world operations.
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take off distance of 5,540 feet.
In comparison the Bombardier Global Express has a minimum take off distance of 5,820 feet.
The same story continues when it comes to landing distance. The Global 5000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet.
Whereas the minimum landing distance of the Global Express is 2,670 feet.
Again, as previously stated, a difference in minimum take off distance of just under 300 feet is likely to go unnoticed. In fact, given that the Global Express shares the same engines as the Global 5000 but has greater range makes it all the more impressive.
When it comes to the internal dimensions of these aircraft, each one excels in difference areas.
Firstly, interior length. When it comes to interior length, the Global 5000’s cabin measures 12.41 meters long.
In comparison, the Global Express’s measures 14.7 meters in length.
However, interior length is not the only dimension to consider when comparing aircraft. Interior width is just as important.
For reference, the Global 5000’s cabin measures 2.41 meters in width. In comparison, the Global Express’s cabin measures 2.11 meters wide.
The benefit of having a wider cabin is that seats can be wider – resulting in more comfort – and the aisle can be wider. A wider aisle makes the cabin easier to navigate during flight.
Cabin width is a dimension that will always be appreciated when sitting or standing. Almost more so than length.
And finally, cabin height. The Global 5000 is not quite as tall on the inside as the Global Express. The Global 5000 measures 1.88 meters in height, compared with 1.91 meters height for the Global Express.
Of course, 3 centimeters is unlikely to be noticed by most passengers. However, additional height will always be appreciated and result in more passengers being to stand up fully. Additionally, a height cabin ceiling will result in a more spacious feeling environment.
Unsurprisingly, given the additional length of the Global Express, it is able to carry more passengers according to Bombardier.
Officially the Global Express is claimed to have capacity for up to 18 passengers. In comparison the Global 5000 is said to be able to accommodate up to 16 passengers.
However, it is unlikely that either of these aircraft are ever flying at maximum occupancy, let alone being configured with every possible seat.
And finally, an area where the Global 5000 just beats out the Global Express. Baggage capacity.
The Global 5000 is able to accommodate up to 195 cubic feet of luggage compared with the Global Express which can hold up to 185 cubic feet of cargo.
Given the initial delivery year of each aircraft – and the fact that the Global 5000 is still in production and therefore had some updates – there is quite a difference in cabin comfort.
For reference, deliveries of the Global 5000 began in 2005. Meanwhile deliveries of the Global Express began in 1999.
However, one area where both aircraft are identical is maximum cabin altitude. Both aircraft have a cabin altitude of 5,680 feet when cruising at their maximum altitude of 51,000 feet.
Global 5000 Interior
Entering the cabin reveals a large, reimagined cabin interior. Seats have been sculpted to welcome the human body and the elegant lines of the cabin come together to create an aesthetic masterpiece.
The all-new seats boast outstanding width, higher armrests, and an impeccably shaped backrest. Passengers, therefore, are able to enjoy a delightful and inviting experience. This makes the aircraft ideally suited to long-distance travel. Ultimately, whether you are looking to work, rest or play, the Global 5000 provides the perfect environment to sit back and relax.
The Global 5000 is able to keep you always connected. No matter where you are. Bombardier has given the Global 5000 the fastest available in-flight internet connectivity technology. Therefore you will be able to keep up with work and join video conferences. If that’s not your style the WiFi is even strong enough to online game. Depending on your requirements you are able to select from multiple data packages, allowing you to choose the right speed for you.
Bombardier claims that the cabin management system on the Global 5000 is “the most comprehensive … system”. Claimed to be ultra-fast, reliable, intuitive, and hosting a large media bay. This system enables passengers to wirelessly watch movies and display documents on the large high definition TV monitors around the cabin. Passengers are able to control the entire cabin from their personal devices (iOS and Android).
Conversely, at the front of the cabin, you will find the fully-equipped galley. Substantial storage and extensive work surfaces ensure to elevate your comfort thanks to its greater meal capabilities. The galley is set between the cockpit and main cabin area in order to increase passenger privacy.
Bombardier Global 5000
Bombardier Global Express
Inside, you will find ample space and intense comfort. The luxurious cabin is designed for up to 18 passengers. However, interior specifications will vary with some having space for up to 12 passengers. All configurations will have the ability to provide fully flat beds for some of the passengers. Typically you will find space for 5 passengers to sleep in a fully flat bed setup.
Additionally, the galley is equipped to provide hot and cold meals on long flights. From breakfast to dinner your flight attendant will be able to cater for you.
A maximum cabin altitude of 5,680 feet will ensure that the cabin environment is always pleasant. This low cabin altitude will reduce your jet lag when you arrive at your exotic destination. The Global Express features a restroom at the rear of the aircraft. Depending upon the configuration you may come across a Global Express with two restrooms. HD entertainment facilities, WiFi connectivity, and a private stateroom are common among many Global Express aircraft.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the Global Express is less expensive than the Global 5000. Although prices are very close.
Additionally, please note that there are many factors that influence the price of a private jet charter. Therefore, prices will vary depending on the mission.
The estimated hourly charter price of the Global 5000 is $7,350 .
In comparison, the estimated hourly charter price of the Global Express is $7,100.
Please do keep in mind that these prices are estimates only. There are a variety of factors that can and will influence the charter price of a private jet.
And finally, how much does each aircraft cost to buy?
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a new list price of $50 million.
In comparison, the Bombardier Global Express had a new list price of $11 million.
Important to note here is that this was the price back in 1999. Accounting for inflation, the Global Express costs closer to $20 million.
However, the purchase price of these aircraft starts to get really interesting when looking at their pre-owned value.
According to Aircraft Bluebook, a five year old Global 5000 will set you back $25 million. As a result, the Global 5000 will see a 50% retention of value over the same time period.
In comparison, a seventeen year old Global Express is estimated to cost $10 million. This, therefore, results in the Global Express will see a 91% retention of value over the same time period.
Of course, given inflation, the Global Express value retention is somewhat of a false statistic. However, even taking inflation into consideration, the Global Express retains around half of its initial value.
Moreover, this value retention is over a seventeen year period.
So, which aircraft is best?
The key takeaway from this comparison is just how impressive the Global Express is. Despite deliveries starting over twenty years ago, it is still in a position to be compared with modern Bombardier aircraft.
Additionally, it demonstrates impressive capabilities, excellent value retention and great value for money.