Bombardier Global 6000: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide
The Bombardier Global 6000 has a lot of fans, including NetJets which chose the Global 6000 as its flagship aircraft. Its huge cabin offers the ability to travel long distances in ultimate comfort.
Buyers worried about residual values may want to consider either the larger Global 7000 or Global 8000 – or even a competitor aircraft – which will enter the market in 2016 and 2017 respectively and will surely hit Global 6000 values (although Bombardier says Global 6000 production will continue).
Originally known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 is a luxurious ultra-long-range business jet.
The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet was launched as a re-branded version of the Global Express XRS – which was itself an upgrade from the original Global Express – after Bombardier decided in 2011 to rename the already successful aircraft.
Like the Global 5000 which preceded it, Bombardier’s Global 6000 has been deliberately named to let you know that the aircraft is capable of some serious range – precisely over 6000 nautical miles.
This means it’s possible to fly for up to 12 hours without stopping, pairing cities such as London and Mumbai.
A total of 95 Global Express jets were built by Bombardier before 2011, and since the aircraft was re-branded as the Global 6000, more than 300 models have been delivered to customers.
With a typical cruise speed of 564 miles per hour and has a certified ceiling of 51,000 feet (15,545m), the aircraft is capable of flying high above commercial airliners.
“The Global 6000 has excellent short-field capabilities and a 12+ hour flight environment,” says Josh Mesinger, vice president of J. Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales.
“One of the biggest differences between the Global XRS and the Global 6000 is the Rockwell Collins Proline Fusion avionics suite flight deck, which helps pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation.”
The aircraft needs a runway length of 6,476 ft (1,974 m) to take-off and 2,670 ft (814 m) to land.
The cabin of the Bombardier Global 6000 is 48 ft long, 8 ft wide and 6 ft high, making it a very spacious cabin to fly eight passengers comfortably, with enough space for two crew members.
In fact, Bombardier was keen to let prospective buyers know that the Global 6000 had the largest cabin of any purpose-built business jet, although the manufacturer was trumped by Gulfstream when it delivered the first G650 at the end of 2012.
For longer flights that stretch the Global 6000’s maximum range, it is possible to carry up to four crew members and it can even fit up to 19 passengers and two crew members in a high-density configuration.
“The Global 6000 features a state-of-the art cabin management system with a truly wireless cabin environment for both high speed data systems and cabin system controls,” says Mesinger.
On board the Global 6000, there are three sections, a forward galley and a large lavatory towards the back of the cabin. A number of different cabin layouts are available to owners, including a stateroom.
A brand new Bombardier Global 6000 has a list price of $60.5 million and hourly operating costs of around $8,600.
If you’re looking at pre-owned aircraft, you should be able to get a Global 6000 for between $52-56 million.
However, there also a number of fractional programmes available for people who don’t quite want to commit to owning their own jet (as a general rule, if you fly less than 250-300 hours, whole ownership of an aircraft does not make financial sense). NetJets, NetJets Europe, VistaJet and Flexjet – which was only sold by Bombardier in 2013 – all include Global 6000s in their aircraft fleets, which are made available to their members.
Range: 7,707 mi/11,390 km/6,150 nm
Maximum speed: 590 mph/950 kmph/mach 0.89
Typical passengers: 8-19
Typical crew: 2-4
Competitor aircraft: Challenger 850ER, Global 5000, Falcon 900DX, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 7X, Gulfstream G500, G550, G600, G650
List price for a new Global 6000: $60.5 million
Price range for a pre-owned Global 6000: $50-55 million
First delivery: 2006
Next slots: Available
World fleet: Around 400