The Bombardier Global 5000 and Dassault Falcon 900LX are more similar than you might first think.
Both aircraft have similar range figures, are from a similar era, and are of similar sizes.
However, in nearly every measurable way, the Global 5000 comes out on top. Something that is especially important when considering the pre-owned value of these aircraft.
First up let’s compare the performance of both aircraft.
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 900LX is powered by three Honeywell TFE731-60 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 5,000 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Falcon 900LX is 15,000 lbs.
Given that the Falcon 900LX has around half the thrust output of the Global 5000, it is no surprise that it is unable to cruise as fast.
The maximum cruise speed of the Global 5000 is 499 knots. In comparison, the Falcon 900LX is unable to cruise faster than 459 knots.
However, the Falcon 900LX is far more fuel efficient than the Global 5000. This is best demonstrated by comparing the average hourly fuel burn of each aircraft.
You can see how this translates to carbon emissions using this simple calculator.
The Falcon 900LX has an average hourly fuel burn of 260 Gallons per Hour (GPH). Unfortunately for the Global 5000, it burns much, much more fuel.
The Bombardier Global 5000 burns, on average, 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
When it comes to overall range, the gap between these two aircraft is closer than you might think. With a difference of just 450 nautical miles – these aircraft are extremely similar.
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 900LX is capable of flying up to 4,750 nautical miles (5,466 miles / 8,797 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.
However, the range of both aircraft mean that they can comfortably fly non-stop between New York and Europe.
When on the ground, these two aircraft are, once again, boast extremely similar statistics.
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take off distance of 5,540 feet.
In comparison the Dassault Falcon 900LX has a minimum take off distance of 5,360 feet.
Given that the Global 5000 is a larger aircraft, with greater range capacity and greater maximum take off weight, this difference is highly impressive. However, of course, one must remember that the Global 5000 has twice as much thrust as the 900LX.
When it comes to minimum landing distance, the shoe is on the other foot.
The Global 5000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet. Whereas the minimum landing distance of the Falcon 900LX is 2,415 feet.
Important to note is that this difference is so minor that it is unlikely to affect the operational capabilities of each aircraft.
A key area to consider when selecting a private jet is interior space. The longer the cabin, the more flexibility there is in terms of configuration. The more space there is for distinct living areas. Additionally, a longer cabin will result in greater seating capacity.
Furthermore, a wider cabin will result in wider, more comfortable seats. Additionally, a wider cabin will result in more shoulder room and a wider aisle. A wider aisle will make the cabin easier to navigate.
And finally, interior height. A taller cabin will make it easier to stand up straight. This, therefore, makes the cabin easier to move around in. Moreover, a taller cabin results in a more pleasant cabin environment and a more spacious feeling cabin.
Consequently, the Global 5000 beats the 900LX in nearly every dimension.
The Global 5000 has a longer cabin, measuring 12.41 meters compared with the 10.11 meters of the Falcon.
Interior width also goes to the Global 5000, measuring 2.41 meters compared with the 2.34 meters of the 900LX.
And finally, interior height. Well, both aircraft are evenly matched, measuring 1.88 meters in height.
As a result, the Bombardier Global 5000 is able to accommodate up to 16 passengers. Whereas the Dassault Falcon 900LX is limited to 14 passengers.
However, it is unlikely that either of these aircraft are configured – let alone fly – at maximum occupancy.
Moreover, the Global 5000 extends its advantage over the 900LX when it comes to luggage capacity. The Global 5000 can accommodate up to 195 cubic feet of baggage compared to the 127 cubic feet capacity of the Falcon.
Given the mission profile of these two aircraft, it will hardly come as a surprise that the interior of these aircraft are relatively similar.
For reference, deliveries of the Global 5000 began in 2005, compared with deliveries of the Falcon 900LX starting in 2010.
However, one critical difference between the interior of these two aircraft is the cabin altitude.
A lower cabin altitude will result in a more pleasant cabin environment and reduce the impact of jet lag. Therefore, on smaller, light jets, a low cabin altitude is strictly necessary. However, for long haul flying, a low cabin altitude is a must.
When cruising at 51,000 feet the Global 5000 will have a cabin altitude of just 5,680 feet. In comparison, at the same altitude, the Falcon 900LX has a cabin altitude of 8,000 feet.
This is an important difference between the interior comfort of these aircraft.
Now, granted it is likely that the aircraft will spend most of their time cruising below 51,000 feet. However, all things being equal, the Global 5000 will have a lower cabin altitude than the Falcon 900LX.
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 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
Dassault Falcon 900LX
Dassault Falcon 900LX
The interiors of Falcon aircraft have always been breathtaking. Dassault are able to perfectly blend style with functionality. The 900LX is no exception.
In Dassault’s own words, the Falcon 900LX is “elegant in design and smart in function”.
Dassault have interactive design centers at Teterboro, New Jersey and Le Bourget, Paris. These facilities are equipped with Dassault’s CATIA software and staffed by world-class design professionals. These centers enable customers to make informed and confident choices about the interior design of the aircraft. Customers are able to envision their interiors and examine features in actual aircraft and mockups. Customers can then proceed to select from a range of fabrics, leathers, carpets, veneers, electronics, equipment and accessories.
Passengers are able to control the entire cabin from the FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system. This allows passengers to control the entire cabin from the comfort of their own seat. Features such as lighting and temperature can all be controlled. Additionally, passengers can select from a wide range of entertainment and connectivity tools. Voice and broadband data services provided by SATCOM can also be optioned on the 900LX.
The quality in the cabin is second to none inside the 900LX. An elegant mix of materials has led to a tastefully designed interior. Through an efficient use of space the designers have also been able to craft a spacious feeling cabin. Controls from the cabin management system are neatly hidden in the armrest. This places control within easy reach but is not obtrusive. Closely spaced windows allow for an abundance of natural light within the cabin.
Dassault have been able to keep the noise level within the cabin to just 54 decibels. This, combined its innovative “mood lighting”, makes the aircraft a relaxing place to spend a few hours.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the 900LX 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 900LX is $5,900.
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 900LX has a new list price of $44 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 900LX is estimated to cost $25 million. This, therefore, results in the Falcon 900LX will see a 57% retention of value over the same time period.
So, therefore, when shopping the pre-owned market, as 85% of all private jet buyers do, these aircraft cost the same.
As a result, this comparison is highly relevant for pre-owned aircraft buyers.
So, which aircraft is best?
From everything said in this comparison, the key benefit of the Falcon 900LX is efficiency. This, therefore, dramatically reduces the variable hourly cost of flying each aircraft.
However, especially when considering a pre-owned example, the Global 5000 is the clear victor.
With a greater range, faster cruise speed, more modern interior and larger cabin, the Global 5000 represents more for your money.
However, hourly costs will be higher – as demonstrated by the hourly charter rate.