Bombardier recently announced the release of the Global 8000, an aircraft that takes the Global 7500 to the next level.
So how exactly do these aircraft differ? And is that difference meaningful? Additionally, how are these aircraft similar?
Deliveries of the Global 7500 started in 2018, meanwhile, deliveries of the Global 8000 are due to start in 2025.
In order to aid in this comparison we will be using our Premium service comparison feature, which you can learn more about here.
The Global 7500 is powered by two General Electric Passport engines. Each engine is capable of outputting 16,500 lbs of thrust, which results in a total thrust output of 33,000 lbs.
As a result, the Global 7500 can be powered up to 51,000 feet and has a maximum cruise speed of 0.9 Mach. However, in order to extract the maximum range out of the aircraft the cruise speed is reduced to 0.85 Mach.
Additionally, in order to propel such a large aircraft the fuel burn is quite high, with the Global 7500 consuming 460 gallons of fuel per hour.
As you would expect, the Global 8000 has very similar statistics. It is also powered by two General Electric Passport engines. However, each engine is capable of outputting up to 18,920 lbs of thrust. In total, this results in 37,840 lbs of available thrust.
As a result, the Global 8000 has a top speed of Mach 0.94. Additionally, the Global 8000 has a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.85 and a high-speed cruise figure of Mach 0.90. Perhaps most impressively, the Global 8000 also has an ultra-high-speed cruise of Mach 0.92.
The Global 8000 is in fact so fast that during testing it broke the sound barrier.
Additionally, the Global 8000 has an initial cruise altitude (at MTOW) of 43,000 feet. It is then able to continue climbing all the way to 51,000 feet.
The range is the key differentiating factor between the Global 7500 and Global 8000 aircraft. This is very similar to the difference between the Gulfstream G700 and G800.
The Bombardier Global 7500 has a maximum range of 7,700 nautical miles, meanwhile, the Bombardier Global 8000 has a maximum range of 8,000 nautical miles.
In the real world, it is unlikely that you are going to benefit too much from the additional 300 nautical miles of range.
However, if the G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles, then Bombardier needs to at least match the maximum range.
From New York, both aircraft will be able to comfortably fly non-stop to all of North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and nearly all of Asia.
However, the Global 7500 will stop just shy of Bangkok with passengers onboard. Whereas, the Global 8000 will be able to comfortably fly non-stop from New York to Bangjoj.
This is extremely impressive.
However, it is worth noting that the range figures stated for private jets is assuming minimum weight and optimum conditions. Therefore, it is important to include a margin of error when looking at the range of private jets.
Additionally, using the range map on Compare Private Planes Premium you are able to see how the range of any aircraft is impacted with passengers onboard.
On the map below, the red area is the Global 7500 and the blue is the Global 8000. The maximum range is starting in New York with 7 passengers onboard.
The ground performance of these two aircraft is also extremely similar, albeit with the Global 7500 needing slightly more tarmac to get into the sky.
The Global 7500 has a minimum take-off distance of 5,800 feet. Meanwhile, the Global 8000 requires just 5,760 feet to take off.
Additionally, the Global 8000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,237 feet, while the Global 7500 requires at least 2,520 feet to land.
The most important figures here are the minimum take-off distance figures. This is because they are greater than the minimum landing distance required.
The shorter distance needed for an aircraft to take off, the more airports the aircraft can operate in and out of. This, therefore, means that you are able to use airports that are closer to your origin and final destination. Which, ultimately, will reduce your overall travel time.
These figures are as you would expect for a large jet. Moreover, a difference in minimum take-off distance of 40 feet is not going to make a difference in the real world.
Additionally, just like the range figures, these are the best-case scenario figures. Meaning that they are assuming minimum weight and optimal conditions.
When it comes to the interior dimension of these aircraft, they are identical. This is hardly a surprise given that both aircraft are built on the same platform.
Both aircraft measure 54.4 feet in interior length, 6.2 feet in interior height, and 8 feet in interior width.
These are large cabins for a business jet.
The height means that most passengers will be able to comfortably stand up straight in the cabin, making it easier to move around. Additionally, the height means that the cabin feels more spacious and comfortable.
Additionally, the wide cabin results in a wider aisle than competitors, again making it easier to navigate the cabin.
The wide cabin also allows for wider seats and more shoulder room.
As mentioned, these aircraft are based on the same platform. Therefore, there isn’t much difference between their interiors.
Both the Global 7500 and Global 8000 are able to carry up to 19 passengers, with a typical configuration having space for 13 passengers.
Both aircraft have (of course) toilets, a flat floor, inflight baggage access, an optional shower, space to sleep, and a dedicated bedroom available.
This all spans up to 4 living areas.
Both aircraft are able to maintain a sea-level cabin up to 30,125 feet, with a pressure differential of 10 PSI.
When at their maximum altitude the cabin is kept at an altitude of 5,680 feet. This means that the impact of jet lag will be reduced and a more comfortable cabin environment is enabled.
Bombardier Global 7500
When it comes to the Bombardier Global 7500 interior, every detail has been considered to ensure that you have the most comfortable flight possible. Firstly, the Global 7500 features a wing that is “a technological marvel”, which will not only give the pilots maximum control over the aircraft but will also deliver the smoothest ride possible.
Bombardier has also been able to keep the cabin altitude never exceeding 5,680 feet when cruising at maximum altitude. This low cabin altitude (lower than you would find on an airliner), will mean that you feel more relaxed during the flight and will arrive at your destination with less jet lag.
Next, there is the sheer size of the cabin interior, measuring 16.59 meters long, 2.44 meters wide, and 1.88 meters. These dimensions mean that you can easily navigate your way through the cabin and will allow you to configure up to four separate living areas, allowing space for a master suite with a full-size bed, dedicated crew rest area, and kitchen. The Global 7500 can be configured to your exact needs and features an unprecedented number of layouts.
Throughout the cabin, the Global 7500 features extra-large windows in order to bring in as much natural light as possible, meaning the 7500 provides more natural light in the cabin than any other private jet, and every passenger gets a window.
Every seat in the cabin of the 7500 is Bombardier’s revolutionary Nuage seat. According to Bombardier, the Nuage seat is the first meaningful change in business aircraft seating in the last 30 years. The Nuage seat gives users three features that are unavailable in any other business aircraft seat: a tilt link system for a deep recline, a floating base for fluid movement, and a tilting headrest for exceptional support.
The entire cabin of the Global 7500 is lit with Bombardier’s Soleil lighting system, which is business aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based lighting system in order to fight jet lag. By adjusting the lighting to your destination (and combined with the low cabin altitude), you will experience less jet lag than ever before. In order to help fight jet lag, the 7500 features a master suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the En Suite. The Global aircraft doesn’t stop then when trying to fight the jet lag.
The 7500 is equipped with Bombardier’s Pur Air system, an advanced air purification system that features a HEPA filter that purifies and cleans the air. Not only can the system provide 100% fresh air, but also purified air with better humidity to provide rapid heating and cooling of the cabin.
Bombardier Global 7500
Bombardier Global 8000
Bombardier Global 8000
According to Bombardier, the Global 8000 has the “healthiest cabin”. Given that this is the flagship aircraft for Bombardier and passengers will be spending hours flying between continents, the cabin needs to be comfortable, flexible, and healthy.
Bombardier has implemented three key cabin components to help increase health and ensure that you arrive at your destination refreshed. Firstly, the Global 8000 has an exceptionally low cabin altitude. When cruising at 41,000 feet, the 8000 has a cabin altitude of just 2,900 feet. This, according to Bombardier, is the “industry’s lowest cabin altitude”. A lower cabin altitude results in a more pleasant cabin experience and helps to reduce jet lag.
Secondly, in an effort to reduce jet lag, the Global 8000 features Bombardier’s Soleil lighting system. This system is, according to Bombardier, aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting system that is fully integrated into the Flight Management System. Additionally, the cabin features a revolutionary Dynamic Daylight Simulation feature in order to combat jet lag.
Thirdly, the Global 8000 is fitted with the Bombardier Pũr Air filter. This is a hospital-grade HEPA filter that captures up to 99.99% of particles. Particles such as viruses, allergens, and bacteria can be captured and extracted by the filter. Additionally, it features an activated carbon filter to remove odors and gases. Therefore, the cabin of the Global 8000 is clean and fresh.
To keep you in touch with the outside world, Bombardier has equipped the Global 8000 with Ka-band internet. This, according to Bombardier, offers the fastest global internet speeds in the industry. This allows you to download, stream, video conference, and share content throughout your missions.
Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with the “cutting-edge” nice Touch cabin management system. This, thanks to the elegant and intuitive OLED touch dial control, allows you to control a variety of cabin settings from your seat.
As you would expect with a new aircraft from Bombardier, the Global 8000 features Nuage seats. Which, according to Bombardier, is the first new seat architecture in 30 years.
In terms of cabin layout, there are four distinct living areas. The most typical configuration features a galley at the front of the cabin, along with a lavatory, wardrobe, and crew rest area. Moving backward is the club suite. Here, passengers will find 4 Nuage seats, 6 ultra-large windows, a 24-inch HD bulkhead display, and Bombardier Touch dials integrated into the side ledges. Just behind this is the conference suite. Passengers will find an elegant 6-seat meeting and dining space. The dining table features a removable leaf and a concealable side table.
Perfect for relaxing is the entertainment suite, which is located just aft of the conference suite. A 3-seat Nuage divan is placed opposite the large entertainment cabinet with media storage. There are 6 ultra-large windows and Bombardier’s l’Opéra audio system.
The final living area is perfect for resting – called the principal suit. Here there is a Nuage seat with a zero-gravity position, alongside the full-size bed with a customizable headboard. 6 ultra-large windows, a 32-inch HD display, and a large wardrobe help increase the comfort in the suite.
And finally, the principal suite is connected to its very own en-suite. Inside there is another large wardrobe, lavatory, optional stand-up shower, and unrestricted access to the baggage compartment.
These are two of the newest, most advanced private jets on the market. Therefore, the charter price reflects this.
The Global 7500 has an estimated hourly charter price of $16,000.
Of course, the Global 8000 is not available on the charter market. However, given the similarities to the 7500, you can expect the hourly charter rate to be the same, if not more.
Again, these are two of the newest, most advanced private jets in the world.
This means that they are two of the most expensive private jets in the world.
The Global 8000 has a list price of $78 million.
In comparison, the Global 7500 has a list price of $73 – $75 million.
In terms of value retention, the Global 7500 holds its value extremely well.
The annual depreciation rate of the Global 7500 is just under 4%. This is extremely impressive for such a new aircraft.
Therefore, a 5-year-old Global 7500 costs an estimated $62 million. Of course, there is no market data for the Global 8000 as it is not in active service yet. However, you can expect it to hold its value just as well.
So, which aircraft is better? And which aircraft should you buy?
Ultimately, the primary difference between these two aircraft is the range. And more range gives you more mission capabilities.
However, if you are not going to be pushing the range limits then there is very little advantage of the Global 8000 over the Global 7500.
Additionally, the Global 7500 is available now, with plenty of examples on the pre-owned market.
However, if you want the latest flagship aircraft with the most impressive specs, then the Global 8000 is the way to go.