The Bombardier Global 5000 and Dassault Falcon 7X are two aircraft that are similarly matched.
Both aircraft boast similar range performance and range figures, along with comfortable interiors.
Therefore, many folk are left wondering, which aircraft is better? Which aircraft is best to charter? And even which aircraft is best to buy?
Everything from performance and range, to interior comfort and value retention will be compared.
Firstly, let’s compare the performance of both aircraft.
To start with, the Bombardier Global 5000 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710-A2-20 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 14,750 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Global 5000 is 29,500 lbs.
On the other hand, the Dassault Falcon 7X is powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 6,405 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Falcon 7X is 19,215 lbs.
This, therefore, results in a significant decrease in thrust compared with the Global 5000.
Consequently, the Falcon 7X is unable to cruise as fast as the Global 5000. The maximum cruise speed of the 7X is 488 knots, compared with a maximum cruise speed of 499 knots for the Global 5000.
However, an area that the 7X does excel over the Global 5000 is fuel consumption.
While the average hourly fuel burn of the Global 5000 is 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH), the 7X burns just 318 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
The range of these aircraft is relatively similar, however, the 7X can fly slightly further.
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 Falcon 7X is capable of flying up to 5,950 nautical miles (6,847 miles / 11,019 kms) without needing to refuel.
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.
Again, the similarities continue when looking at the ground performance of these aircraft. However, the extra thrust of the Global 5000 Rolls-Royce engines really helps.
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take off distance of 5,540 feet.
In comparison the Dassault Falcon 7X has a minimum take off distance of 5,710 feet.
While a difference in minimum take off distance of under 200 feet is unlikely to affect the operational capabilities of these aircraft, it is still worth noting.
However, things swing in favor of the 7X when it comes to minimum landing distance.
While, the Global 5000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet, the Falcon 7X is able to land in just 2,070 feet.
When it comes to interior dimensions, the Global 5000 excels in every dimension. The only exception is height – an area where both aircraft are evenly matched.
When it comes to interior length, the Global 5000 measures 12.41 meters. In comparison, the Falcon 7X measures just 11.91 meters in length.
Next, interior width. As previously mentioned, the Global 5000 has a wider cabin, measuring 2.41 meters in width. This is slightly wider than the 2.34 meter width of the Falcon 7X.
And finally, cabin height. This is the only dimension in which the aircraft are equal. Both aircraft measure 1.88 meters in interior height.
However, despite the Global 5000 having a larger cabin, both aircraft are capable of carrying up to 16 passengers.
Of course, it is unlikely that either of these aircraft are every flying at full capacity. Moreover, it is unlikely that either of these aircraft are even configured with all 16 seats.
And finally, baggage capacity. Once again, the Global 5000 comes out on top with a baggage capacity of 195 cubic feet. In comparison, the Falcon 7X is able to accommodate just 140 cubic feet.
As a result, there is less baggage capacity per passenger when flying the 7X.
In terms of age, these aircraft are relatively close. Deliveries of the Global 5000 began in 2005, compared with deliveries of the Falcon 7X starting in 2007.
Therefore, one should expect the interiors of these aircraft to be on a similar level. Prior to any refurbishments that is.
However, an area where these aircraft are not equal is cabin altitude. A lower cabin altitude will result in a more pleasant cabin environment and reduce the impact of jet lag.
When cruising at 51,000 feet, the Global 5000 has a maximum cabin altitude of just 5,680 feet. At the same altitude, the Falcon 7X will have a maximum cabin altitude of 6,000 feet.
Bombardier Global 5000
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. Therefore making 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
Dassault Falcon 7X
Dassault Falcon 7X
An area that Dassault has always excelled is on the inside. Dassault have built the 7X with a high & wide cabin, allowing for three spacious lounge areas. Dassault have applied their high standards of comfort, quality & style to the aircraft.
When flying at 45,000 feet the cabin altitude is just 4,800 feet, rising to 6,000 feet when cruising at 51,000 feet. Cruising at 41,000 feet results in a cabin altitude of 3,950 feet! The cabin noise level comes in at a low 52 decibels. Therefore, customers are treated to a quiet, relaxing environment. These elements ensure that you will arrive at your destination with minimal jet lag.
Climate control onboard the 7X is capable of keeping the temperature to within one degree throughout the cabin. Air is humidified and refreshed.
The 7X features Dassault’s advanced cabin management system. This system provides you with entertainment and connectivity tools in a user-friendly way. FalconCabin HD+ allows you to control the cabin from your own mobile device.
Customization of the 7X can be extensive. For example, you can optionally equip a second lavatory or an onboard shower to keep you refreshed. Depending on your requirements, the 7X can carry 12 to 16 passengers.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the Dassault Falcon 7X is less expensive than the Global 5000.
However, 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 Falcon 7X is $6,850.
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 Dassault Falcon 7X has a new list price of $54 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. Therefore, the Global 5000 will see a 50% retention of value over the same time period.
In comparison, a five year old Falcon 7X is estimated to cost $32 million. This, therefore, results in the Falcon 7X will see a 59% retention of value over the same time period.
So, which aircraft is best?
The Bombardier Global 5000 is a larger aircraft with better performance figures.
However, it is unable to fly as far as the Falcon 7X. Moreover, the 7X is kinder to the wallet. Fuel burn is lower, along with lower charter costs and better value retention.
Therefore, if the choice is purely financial then the 7X is the aircraft to go for.
However, if interior space and a faster cruise speed are your top priority then the Global 5000 would make a better choice.