London Air Services named Canadian launch customer for the Global 7000 jet
Bombardier today announced that London Air Services (LAS) (www.londonair.com) has placed a firm order for a Global 7000 jet, valued at approximately $65 million U.S., based on the 2010 list price of typically equipped aircraft. LAS is the first Canadian operator to place a firm order for corporate aviation’s newest jet.
“The spectacular Global 7000 business jet captures the essence that has made Global aircraft the most renowned large business jets worldwide and combines this with an impressive range and an incredibly spacious cabin,” stated Wynne Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer, London Air Services. “The additional cabin space and non-stop reach of the Global 7000 aircraft will be a valuable addition to our charter aircraft fleet and will ensure we continue to offer our customers a business jet travel experience that is unmatched in the industry. It’s great to “Be Global”.”
Bombardier officially introduced its flagship Global aircraft family on October 18 at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention. The Global aircraft family now uniquely covers the large, ultra long-range category with four aircraft models, the Global 5000, Global Express XRS, Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.
Another first for Canada-based London Air Services
In July 2008, London Air Services became the first Canadian operator to purchase the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft, with firm orders for five jets, and was also the first Canadian operator to take delivery of a Challenger 605 jet. In September 2007, LAS became the launch customer for Bombardier’s new Global Vision Flight Deck and in late 2004, it was the first Canadian operator to take delivery of a Learjet 45 XR aircraft.
The leading charter service provider, based in Vancouver, currently has a fleet of Bombardier business aircraft, including one Challenger 604, two Challenger 605 and six Learjet 45 XR aircraft, as well as three AW 139 helicopters.
“We are absolutely delighted to extend our longstanding relationship with London Air Services,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our business is built on the loyalty of our customers and how together we envision the future. I am thrilled that our partnership with London Air Services continues to grow and prosper, and that we both agree that the new Global aircraft family is the way forward.”
Featuring a spacious four-zone cabin, Bombardier’s Global 7000 jet sets the benchmark for a new category of large ultra long-range business jets. With a volume of 2,637 cu. ft. (74.67 cu. m.), passengers will enjoy 20 per cent more living space than the cabin of the current industry leader. The aircraft will have a high-speed cruise of M 0.90 and a range of 7,300 nm (13,520 km) at M 0.85*. It will fly London-Singapore, New York-Dubai or Beijing-Washington non-stop with 10 passengers*. Entry into service is scheduled for 2016.
Bombardier’s new Global aircraft will feature an all-new high-speed transonic wing, designed to significantly optimize aerodynamic efficiency, combined with next-generation GE TechX 16,500 lb- thrust-engines to deliver significant efficiency and emissions advantages, including reduced NOx emissions – 50 per cent below the International Civil Aviation Organization’s upcoming Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP-6) regulations – and an eight per cent better fuel-efficiency target when compared to the industry-leading Global Express XRS aircraft. Featuring a high-speed cruise of M 0.90, these aircraft are designed to outperform all others, connecting more key city pairs non-stop worldwide through a combination of outstanding range, fuel efficiency and balanced field length.
Ultimate comfort and flexibility
Cabin features common to both new aircraft include: maximum natural light through new enlarged windows, that provide approximately 80 per cent more surface per window than on current Global aircraft; a generous baggage suite that is accessible during flight; a crew rest area equipped with berthable seating; a spacious galley with optimized meal preparation and storage possibilities; an innovative approach to cabin zones, giving customers more flexibility and choice when defining their floorplan; and innovative design options that bring the comforts of home to the aircraft environment.
Innovative technology and design
The aircraft will also feature the most up-to-date version of the Global Vision flight deck and the advanced connectivity capability of a leading-edge cabin management system to ensure the highest levels of convenience, comfort and control ever presented in a business jet.
About London Air Services
London Air Services offers executives private, customized travel worldwide, on state-of-the-art luxury aircraft. The LAS fleet consists of one Challenger 604, two Challenger 605, six Learjet 45 XR aircraft and three AW139 helicopters. With 27 pilots on staff, the LAS crew ensures each business passenger's needs are taken care of during the company's 24-hour a day, 7-days a week, executive travel service. London Air Service's safety and service record is impeccable.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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Disclaimer: the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program is currently in the development phase and as such is subject to changes in family strategy, branding, capacity, performance, design and/or systems. All specifications and data are approximate, may change without notice and are subject to certain operating rules, assumptions and other conditions. This document does not constitute an offer, commitment, representation, guarantee or warranty of any kind. The configuration and performance of the aircraft may differ from the descriptions provided and, together with any related commitment, representations, guarantee or warranty, shall be determined in a final purchase agreement.
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