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The Bombardier Global family of aircraft is made up of 8 aircraft, with the first deliveries taking place nearly 25 years ago.

While the Global family of aircraft are all similar, there are key differences and capabilities between each model which are vital to understand when choosing between them.

Moreover, it is important to look at how the family has evolved since the first deliveries back in 1999. And, crucially, does the original Global Express remain a viable option for owners?

Bombardier Global 8000 Exterior

Bombardier Global Overview

Within the Bombardier Global family, there are currently a total of eight models, with all tracing their history back to the Bombardier Global Express.

The Bombardier Global Express was announced back in 1991, with deliveries starting in 1999.

After the Global Express, there was the Global Express XRS which primarily featured an extended range.

Following this Bombardier announced the Global 5000, Global 5500, Global 6000, Global 6500, Global 7500, and Global 8000.


All eight models are equipped with powerful engines from Rolls-Royce, with the only exceptions being the Global 7500 and Global 8000 which are powered by General Electric engines. As a result, the Global family of aircraft can fly high and fast, all while maintaining impressive fuel efficiency.

The Global 5000, Global 6000, Global Express, and Global Express XRS share the same engine make, Rolls-Royce, and model, BR710-A2-20, with a thrust output of 14,750 lbs (6,690 kg) per engine and a total thrust output of 29,500 lbs (13,380 kg).

As mentioned, the Global 7500 and Global 8000 feature General Electric Passport engines that generate 16,500 lbs (7,484 kg) and 18,920 lbs (8,585 kg) of thrust per engine, respectively. Consequently, the Global 7500 has a total thrust output of 33,000 lbs (14,968 kg) while the Global 8000 is able to output up to 37,840 lbs (17,170 kg) of thrust.

Lastly, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 utilize Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines, providing a thrust output of 15,125 lbs (6,858 kg) per engine and a total thrust output of 30,250 lbs (13,716 kg).

When it comes to the cruise speed of these aircraft it will come as no surprise that the new aircraft with more powerful engines are able to cruise at a higher speed.

The Global Express and Global Express XRS both have a high-speed cruise of 488 knots, but the former has a long-range cruise of 459 knots while the latter is able to cruise at up to 471 knots when trying to maximize the range.

Next, there are the Global 5000 and Global 6000, both of which feature the same long-range cruise speed as the Global Express XRS. However, the Global 5000 is able to reach 499 knots in its high-speed configuration. Moreover, the Global 6000 is able to cruise at up to 513 knots.

If you are seeking even more speed then there are the Global 5500, Global 6500, and 7500 which all have a high-speed cruise of 516 knots. However, the Global 5500 is limited to 488 knots when maximizing range, while the Global 6500 and 7500 both have a long-range cruise speed of 488 knots.

Finally, the absolute fastest of the Global family, the Global 8000. The Global 8000 is capable of cruising at up to 526 knots with a long-range cruise speed of 488 knots.

Higher cruise speeds offer passengers the advantage of reaching their destinations more quickly, reducing overall travel time, and increasing productivity or leisure time.

Higher maximum altitudes, such as the 51,000 feet (15,545 meters) achieved by all eight models, enable the aircraft to fly above most commercial air traffic and weather systems, providing a smoother and more comfortable flight experience.

When it comes to fuel efficiency it is important to consider the age of all the aircraft. Generally speaking, aircraft get more fuel efficient over time. Therefore, total thrust output, speed, and weight are not the only indicators of how fuel efficient an aircraft will be.

For example, the thirstiest member of the family is the original Global Express with an hourly fuel burn figure of 486 gallons (1,839 liters).

In comparison, the Global Express XRS burns 478 gallons (1,810 liters) of Jet A fuel per hour.

Interestingly, the most fuel-efficient model is the Global 5500, burning only 395 gallons (1,495 liters) per hour. This is then followed by the Global 5000 which burns 450 gallons (1,703 liters) per hour. Then there is the Global 7500 and Global 6500, both of which burn 460 gallons (1,741 liters) per hour. These aircraft are then followed by the Global 6000 which consumes 470 gallons (1,780 liters) of fuel per hour.

Unfortunately, there is currently no data on the fuel burn of the Global 8000.


The range of each aircraft in the Bombardier Global series is an essential factor to consider when selecting the right private jet for your needs.

It is crucial to note that these range figures represent the best-case scenario and can be affected by various factors, such as weather conditions, payload weight, and headwinds or tailwinds.

The Bombardier Global 5000 has a range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 kilometers). In comparison, the Global 6000 has a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers).

Up until recently the Global 7500 was the private jet with the longest range of 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 kilometers). However, this has since been surpassed by the Global 8000 which boasts a maximum range of 8,000 nautical miles.

The original Global Express has a range of 6,100 nautical miles (11,297 kilometers). This was then extended to 6,350 nautical miles (11,671 kilometers) for the Global Express XRS.

Finally, the Global 5500 has a range of 5,900 nautical miles (10,927 kilometers) while the Global 6500 boasts a range of 6,600 nautical miles (12,223 kilometers).

All of these aircraft are capable of comfortably crossing the Atlantic between North America and Europe.

Ground Performance

Ground performance is another critical factor to consider when comparing the eight Bombardier Global series aircraft.

Shorter take-off and landing distances are beneficial for accessing smaller airports with shorter runways, providing more flexibility in choosing your destinations.

The Bombardier Global 5000 has a take-off distance of 5,540 feet (1,689 meters) and a landing distance of 2,207 feet (673 meters).

In comparison, the Global 6000 requires a take-off distance of 6,476 feet (1,974 meters) and a landing distance of 2,236 feet (682 meters).

The Global 7500 has a take-off distance of 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) and a landing distance of 2,520 feet (768 meters), while the Global Express requires a take-off distance of 5,820 feet (1,774 meters) and a landing distance of 2,670 feet (814 meters).

The Bombardier Global Express XRS has a take-off distance of 6,190 feet (1,887 meters) and a landing distance of 3,667 feet (1,118 meters).

The Global 5500 needs a take-off distance of 5,490 feet (1,674 meters) and shares the same landing distance as the Global 5000 at 2,207 feet (673 meters).

The Global 6500 requires a take-off distance of 6,370 feet (1,942 meters) and a landing distance of 2,236 feet (682 meters).

The take-off and landing distances for the Bombardier Global 8000 are not available at this time.

It is essential to note that these ground performance figures represent the best-case scenario, and several factors can influence the actual take-off and landing distances of each aircraft. These factors include runway conditions, altitude, temperature, and aircraft weight.

Interior Dimensions

A longer cabin provides more space for passengers to move around and relax, a wider cabin offers more comfort and additional seating options, and a taller cabin allows for easier movement and a more spacious feel.

The Bombardier Global 5000 has an interior length of 40.72 feet (12.42 meters), a width of 7.91 feet (2.41 meters), and a height of 6.17 feet (1.88 meters). It can accommodate up to 16 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically seats 13 passengers.

The Global 6000 has a slightly longer interior length of 43.24 feet (13.18 meters), while the width and height remain the same as the Global 5000. This aircraft can hold up to 17 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically accommodates 13 passengers.

The Bombardier Global 7500 features a much longer interior length of 54.43 feet (16.59 meters), a width of 8.01 feet (2.44 meters), and a height of 6.17 feet (1.88 meters). It can accommodate up to 19 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically seats 13 passengers.

The Global Express has an interior length of 48.23 feet (14.69 meters), a width of 6.92 feet (2.11 meters), and a height of 6.27 feet (1.91 meters). It can hold up to 18 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically seats 13 passengers.

The Bombardier Global Express XRS has an interior length of 48.39 feet (14.75 meters), a width of 8.20 feet (2.50 meters), and a height of 6.30 feet (1.92 meters). This aircraft can accommodate up to 16 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically seats 13 passengers.

The Global 5500 shares the same interior dimensions as the Global 5000, with a maximum capacity of 16 passengers and a typical seating arrangement for 12 passengers.

The Bombardier Global 6500 has an interior length of 43.24 feet (13.18 meters), a width of 7.91 feet (2.41 meters), and a height of 6.17 feet (1.88 meters). It can hold up to 17 passengers in its maximum configuration and typically accommodates 13 passengers

Information regarding the interior dimensions and passenger capacity of the Bombardier Global 8000 is not available at this time.

All Bombardier Global series aircraft feature a flat floor, providing benefits such as easier movement throughout the cabin, more consistent headroom, and a more comfortable experience for passengers.


Cabin altitude is an essential factor to consider when comparing the interiors of the eight Bombardier Global series aircraft. A lower cabin altitude provides passengers with a more comfortable and enjoyable flight experience, as it reduces the effects of altitude-related fatigue, dehydration, and discomfort.

The Bombardier Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7500, Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5500, and Global 6500 all share the same maximum cabin altitude of 5,680 feet (1,731 meters).

These aircraft can maintain a sea level cabin up to 30,125 feet (9,178 meters), except for the Global Express, which maintains it up to 26,500 feet (8,077 meters).

The benefit of maintaining a sea-level cabin at higher altitudes is that passengers can enjoy better air quality and humidity levels, resulting in less fatigue and a more pleasant flight experience.

Bombardier Global Express Interior

Inside the Global Express, 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.

The galley of the Global Express 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.

Bombardier Global Express XRS Interior

Before being surpassed by the Gulfstream G650, this business jet held the title for the largest cabin, offering a spacious haven for 12 to 16 passengers. The cabin is designed to cater to your every need, featuring three distinct sections: a forward four-chair club section, a central conference area with seating for four, and an inviting aft lounge with a three-place divan facing two chairs.

Bombardier has thoughtfully redesigned the cabin, increasing the width at shoulder level by lowering the floor by 51 mm (2.0 in) and repositioning and enlarging the windows by 25% for a brighter, airier feel. The impressive 14.73m-long cabin is climate-controlled for your comfort, and an Ultra Electronics active noise and vibration-cancellation system guarantees a peaceful flight.

Tailor the Global Express interior to suit your needs, whether you require an office, stateroom, or conference-style setup. Conveniently access your belongings mid-flight in the rear baggage compartment, and enjoy the ease of boarding with integrated airstairs at the port side door.

The upgraded Global Express XRS offers even more enhancements, such as improved cabin pressurization, two additional windows for increased natural light, and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system for a truly ambient atmosphere. Experience the epitome of luxury travel with the Bombardier Global Express series.

Bombardier Global 5000 Interior

The Bombardier Global 5000 is designed in the classic Global aircraft style. That is to say, quiet, tasteful, and comfortable. Firstly, the advanced wing design of the aircraft provides passengers with a restful and smooth flight. Additionally, the aircraft features the widest cabin in its class, resulting in more room than its closest competitor. Therefore, passengers can expect maximum comfort and an exceptional cabin experience.

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).

The Bombardier Global 5000 has a maximum cabin altitude of just 5,680 feet and a cabin noise level of 52 decibels. This makes the Global 5000 the perfect environment to forget you are flying. The layout of the aircraft provides space for a private stateroom at the rear of the cabin. This adds a sense of tranquility, featuring large windows and a full-berthing divan, a spacious wardrobe, independent temperature control, and a lavatory. Consequently, you can be sure you will arrive at your destination feeling well-rested and ready to seize the day.

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.

Finally, Bombardier has made the luggage compartment accessible during the flight. This means that you are always able to access your belongings whenever you require them.

Bombardier Global 5500 Interior

The Global 5500 interior takes inspiration from the flagship Global 7500 aircraft. Therefore, the 5500 boasts a number of advanced interior options.

For example, the classic Bombardier Nuage seats provide revelationary seating for passengers, a feature that is especially crucial when frequently cruising for long distances. The Nuage seat is a patented Bombardier design with a deep recline feature, unique to the seat.

According to Bombardier, the Nuage seat provides “the first meaningful change in the operation and design of a business aircraft seat in 30 years”. The floating base of the seat helps to allow for fluid movement, additionally, the tilting headrest assists with improving overall comfort.

The interior of the Global 5500 is ideal for both working and relaxing. The versatility of the cabin provides space for conferences, along with dining above the clouds. The Conference Suite is capable of providing seating for up to 6 people.

In addition to this, the aircraft has three distinct living spaces in order to maximize comfort and efficiency. This results in plenty of space to work, eat, and rest in total luxury and privacy.

The typical configuration for the aircraft features a Private Suite at the rear of the aircraft, resulting in a space to relax in public. Furthermore, the Private Suite is located at the quietest point of the cabin. In addition to having a space for a good night’s sleep, there is an adjoining En Suite with a large wardrobe. The result of this is feeling more refreshed and better rested when you arrive at your destination.

A useful feature that can often be overlooked, however, results in extreme convenience is inflight access to the baggage compartment. The Global 5500 is within the group of aircraft that is able to boast this feature.

Bombardier Global 6000 Interior

Unsurprisingly the Global 6000 has a well-appointed interior. The interior has been designed to bring you the smoothest, most refreshing, and productive experience possible from a business jet.

Thanks to the widest cabin in its class, more room is on offer than its nearest competitor. In Bombardier’s own words; “with outstanding width, higher armrests, and an impeccably shaped backrest, the new seats allow passengers to enjoy a delightful and inviting experience, ideally suited to long-distance travel. Whether you wish to work, rest or play, time will simply fly by as you sit back in this exceptional interior.”

The galley features hardwood flooring, seats sculpted to the human body, and elegantly designed lines. Featuring Bombardier’s cabin management system you can control the whole cabin from your fingertips. The ultra-fast and intuitive media bay allows you to watch films, live stream, and display documents on the TV monitors.

Bombardier has even developed the cabin management system to be controllable from your mobile device (iOS and Android). The media bay onboard allows you to connect a host of devices, such as game consoles, Blu-ray players, and digital media players.

The 6000 has the fastest available in-flight internet connectivity worldwide based on Ka-band technology. Join video conferences, stream films, and even online game. Bombardier offers a variety of data packages. These packages allow you to find the right speed for your needs. Ka-band technology is the fastest in the air (up to 15 Mbps). Additionally, Ka-band provides the best coverage and reliability.

At the rear of the aircraft, you will find the stateroom. This adds “a sense of tranquility” with large windows providing ample natural light. The stateroom features a full-berth divan, spacious wardrobe, independent temperature control, and lavatory area.

When you are flying above the clouds on a long flight it is imperative that you eat well. The large fully-equipped galley guarantees this. Substantial storage capacity and extensive work surfaces allow for greater meal capabilities.

Finally, ensure that your crew are always performing at their best. A dedicated crew rest area will take care of this.

Bombardier Global 6500 Interior

Bombardier has equipped the Global 6500 with a luxurious interior that will transport you to your destination in ultimate luxury, comfort, and tranquility. Whether you are planning on working or relaxing, Bombardier has developed a space that will ensure you arrive refreshed at your destination.

The Global 6500 has wide-open living spaces, and the latest technology to keep you connected and entertained. Additionally, Bombardier has equipped the aircraft with their innovative Nuage seat.

The Nuage seat is, what Bombardier says, “the first meaningful change in the operation and design of a business aircraft seat in 30 years”. One of the key components of the seat is the ability for a “deep” recline.

This system provides exceptional comfort and support. Perfect for dining, working, relaxing, or sleeping. The floating base also allows for completely fluid movements. According to Bombardier, this is the first-ever seat with a fully trackless footprint. As a result, passengers can effortlessly and intuitively position their seats.

The typical cabin layout for the Global 6500 has 3 distinct living areas. At the front, just behind the crew rest area, there is the club suite. Here, there are 4 of the patented Nuage seats. Additionally, the club suite features a 4K bulkhead monitor with immersive surround sound.

Walking further back, passengers will find the conference suite. There are multiple floorplans available, including the optional Nuage chaise for maximum comfort. This is the perfect area to work or dine, focused around a heigh-adjustable single pedestal table.

Finally, at the rear of the aircraft, there is the private suite. Again, there are multiple floorplans available for customers. However, a typical layout includes 2 of the patented Nuage seats, a 3-place breathable divan, and a 4K bulkhead monitor.

Attached to the private suite passengers will find the en suite lavatory. Here, there is a lavatory with large windows for natural light. There is a large mirror, vanity, sink, faucet, and the option for a standup shower. There is also unrestricted access to the baggage compartment during flight.

Bombardier Global 7500 Interior

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 “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.

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.

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 8000 Interior

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 backwards 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 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.

Charter Cost

In the realm of private aviation, chartering a jet is a significant decision that involves a comparative analysis of multiple factors. Understanding the cost per hour for different aircraft is a cornerstone of this process.

To start, let’s delve into the hourly charter costs of eight aircraft from the renowned Bombardier Global series.

The Bombardier Global 5000 offers an hourly rate of $11,500. A step up from this is the Global 6000, which comes at $12,500 per hour.

The Global 7500, known for its long-range capabilities and luxurious interiors, is priced at $16,000 per hour.

On the more economical side, the Global Express is available at $7,500 per hour, while its advanced version, the Global Express XRS, costs $8,000 per hour. Meanwhile, the Global 5500 and 6500 are priced at $8,500 and $9,000 per hour respectively.

Lastly, the top-tier Global 8000, revered for its unparalleled range and comfort, stands at $17,000 per hour.

The aforementioned costs, however, are influenced by several key factors.

First, the size and capacity of the aircraft significantly impact the price. Larger jets with more seating capacity generally have higher operational costs, hence higher charter rates.

Second, the aircraft’s range and speed play a pivotal role. Aircraft capable of covering longer distances at faster speeds tend to command a premium price due to their enhanced efficiency.

Lastly, the age and condition of the aircraft also affect the cost. More recent models with state-of-the-art features and improved fuel efficiency often command higher charter rates.

These factors should be carefully considered when comparing the charter costs of these aircraft. It’s also worth noting that prices can vary based on other elements such as geographical location, aircraft availability, additional services required, and specific flight requirements.

Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a trusted charter provider to obtain the most accurate and current cost estimates for your private jet travel needs.

Purchase Cost

In the realm of private aviation, understanding the acquisition cost of aircraft is crucial. This involves a careful comparison of factors including new list prices, costs for pre-owned models, annual depreciation rates, and projected future values.

Starting with the Bombardier Global 5000, it debuted with a list price of $50,000,000. The current market value for a 2020 model, after factoring in an annual depreciation rate of 6.88%, stands at $34,000,000. Given this depreciation trend, its value is projected to fall to approximately $27,454,138 over the next three years.

Comparatively, the Bombardier Global 6000 had a higher list price of $62,000,000. With a steeper annual depreciation rate of 9.76%, a 2020 model aircraft is estimated to be worth $40,000,000 today. This trend suggests that its value will further decrease to around $29,393,903 in the next three years.

The Bombardier Global 7500, initially priced at $73,000,000, has seen a more moderate annual depreciation rate of 3.73%. Consequently, a 2020 model is estimated to cost $68,000,000. If this depreciation continues, its value will be approximately $60,671,094 in three years’ time.

The Bombardier Global Express, despite its lower list price of $46,000,000 and a minimal annual depreciation rate of 2.16%, is estimated to cost $13,300,000 for a 2005 model. Projecting forward, its value is expected to be around $12,456,642 in three years.

Similarly, the Bombardier Global Express XRS, which had a list price of $59,000,000 and an annual depreciation rate of 3.21%, is estimated to cost $17,900,000 if you were to buy a 2010 model today. Its value in three years is predicted to be about $16,230,971.

The Bombardier Global 5500, listed at $46,000,000, has a lower annual depreciation rate of 1.57%. A 2020 YOM is actually worth slightly above its list price at $46,800,000, and it’s expected to depreciate to about $44,630,146 in the coming three years.

The Bombardier Global 6500, with a list price of $56,000,000 and an annual depreciation rate of 6.37%, has a 2020 value of $47,000,000. This is expected to depreciate to a future value of around $38,578,286 after three years.

When considering the actual dollar amounts lost over the ownership period, the Bombardier Global 6000 will lose more money due to its high annual depreciation rate.

The depreciation rate of a private jet is influenced by several factors.

Firstly, the age and condition of the aircraft play a significant role – older models generally depreciate faster.

Secondly, market demand can affect depreciation; higher demand leads to slower depreciation.

Lastly, maintenance and operational costs also contribute to depreciation; higher costs often lead to faster depreciation.

Market Position

The Bombardier Global series of aircraft cater to various market segments within the ultra-long-range private jet market, each offering distinct features and capabilities tailored to specific customer needs.

The Bombardier Global 5000 is positioned for customers who prioritize a balance between range, cabin size, and cost-efficiency. With its impressive 5,200 nautical mile range, it is suitable for transcontinental flights and medium to long-haul trips. This aircraft should be chosen when a spacious cabin and extended range are desired without the need for the longest possible range in the Global series.

The Global 6000 is designed for customers who require enhanced range capabilities compared to the Global 5000. It can cover distances up to 6,000 nautical miles, making it ideal for longer intercontinental flights. This aircraft should be chosen when additional range is crucial for reaching more distant destinations without compromising on comfort and luxury.

The Bombardier Global 7500 is the flagship model in the series, offering the most extended range and largest cabin among its siblings. It is positioned for customers who demand the ultimate in luxury, comfort, and performance. With a range of 7,700 nautical miles, this jet is perfect for ultra-long-haul flights. Choose the Global 7500 when the highest level of luxury, space, and range are essential. Of course, the Global 8000 has now taken its crown.

The Global Express and Global Express XRS cater to customers who seek a balance between the Global 5000’s efficiency and the Global 6000’s range capabilities. These aircraft are well-suited for long-haul flights with ranges of 6,100 and 6,305 nautical miles, respectively. Choose these models when a combination of comfort, space, and competitive range is desired.

The Bombardier Global 5500 and Global 6500 are positioned as modernized, fuel-efficient alternatives to their counterparts, the Global 5000 and Global 6000. They offer improved range and performance, with the Global 5500 covering 5,900 nautical miles and the Global 6500 reaching 6,600 nautical miles. These aircraft should be chosen when seeking a balance between enhanced performance, fuel efficiency, and up-to-date technology.

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So, where does all this information leave us?

Bombardier have created a strong lineup of long-range business jets.

The Global 7500 and Global 8000 are top-of-the-range aircraft, with impressive range figures and all the latest features.

If you want all of the technology and luxury but aren’t flying quite so far, then the Global 5500 and Global 6500 are excellent choices. The decision will ultimately come down to passenger capacity and the range that you require.

Beyond this, the Global 5000 and Global 6000 are for those who are willing to pick up a slightly older aircraft that is still modern and efficient.

And finally, the original Global Express and Global Express XRS are for those that need the range and capabilities that come with the Global family of aircraft, however, need a lower acquisition cost. Moreover, given the age of the aircraft, the depreciation rate has stabilized so that these aircraft will retain a lot of their value when it comes time to sell.


Benedict is a dedicated writer, specializing in in-depth discussions of private aviation ownership and its associated topics.