Bombardier Global Express

Bombardier Global Express
Global Express / Global 5000
A Global Express of Tyrolean Jet Services landing at Frankfurt Airport
Role Business jet
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace
First flight October 13, 1996
Introduction 1993
Status In Service
Number built 400 (as of November 11, 2010)[1]
Unit cost XRS: US$45 million (2008)
Global 5000: US$40 million (2008) [2]
Variants Raytheon Sentinel

The Bombardier Global Express is an ultra long range corporate and VIP high speed jet aircraft produced by Bombardier Aerospace. The Bombardier Global 5000 is a slightly shorter version. The Global Express has also been modified for military missions, such as the Raytheon Sentinel.


Design and development

Bombardier Aerospace began studies in 1991 and the aircraft was officially launched in 1993. The first flight occurred on October 13, 1996. The Global Express shares the Canadair Regional Jet's fuselage cross section and is similar in length, but despite the size similarities the two aircraft are very different due to the nature of their roles. The Global Express features an advanced all new supercritical wing with a 35° sweep and winglets, plus a new T-tail. The aircraft is powered by two BMW RollsRoyce BR-710 turbofans with FADEC. The advanced flightdeck features a six screen Honeywell Primus 2000 XP EFIS suite and is offered with optional heads-up displays.

Bombardier Global Express takes off

The Global Express was announced on October 28, 1991 at the NBAA convention. Full-scale cabin mockup was exhibited at the NBAA convention in September 1992. Conceptual design started early 1993 and the programme was officially launched on December 20, 1993. The aircraft high-speed configuration was frozen in June 1994 and the low-speed configuration was established in August 1994.

The Global Express can fly intercontinental ranges without refueling (e.g. New YorkTokyo) or between most two points in the world with only one stop. In this class the Global Express competes with the Airbus Corporate Jet, Boeing Business Jet, Dassault Falcon 7X and Gulfstream G550.

Bombardier subsidiaries have three specific roles in the project: Canadair is the design leader and manufactures the nose; Short Brothers, Belfast is responsible for the design and manufacture of the engine nacelles, horizontal stabiliser and forward fuselage; and de Havilland Canada builds the rear fuselage and vertical tail and carries out final assembly. The major external supplier is Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries which builds the wing and centre fuselage sections.

Global Express XRS

The Global Express XRS is an improved version of the original aircraft, (announced on October 6, 2003 during the NBAA Convention at Orlando (Florida)) offering higher cruise speed, increased range, improved cabin layout and lighting. It is reported that the letters have no significance, but were chosen by focus groups simply to improve the brand image. The range increase is achieved by addition of a 1,486 lb (674 kg) fuel tank at the wing root. The Global Express XRS entered service in early 2006. The unit price is estimated to be $45.5 million (US). Bombardier claims it takes 15 minutes less to fuel the XRS than the original model thanks to improved computer systems and mechanical refinements.

Global 5000

A Global 5000 takes off.
Global 5000

The Global 5000 (model designation BD-700-1A11) is a derivative based on Global Express, with 0.813 m (32 in) reduction in forward fuselage length, and 1,200 nm reduction in maximum range. Seating capacity is up to 19 passengers. The aircraft was announced on October 25, 2001 with the official launch on 5 February 2002, after a positive market assessment with letters of intent for 15 aircraft.[3]

The aircraft is manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto, Ontario, and flown "green" to Montreal, Quebec, or Savannah for final completion.

The Global 5000 is built on the same production line as the Global Express XRS, and the two types' serial numbers are intermingled.

The first Global 5000 aircraft (s/n 9127) flew on March 7, 2003.[4] The flight was dedicated to testing basic system functionality and assessing the aircraft's handling and flying qualities. The aircraft completed its preliminary testing at Bombardier's Downsview facility, before it moved to Bombardier's Wichita facility to begin the flight test program. The Global 5000 made its first appearance at the Paris Air Show in June 2003.

The Global 5000 can fly close to 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) nonstop at Mach 0.80. The average trip lengths for most operators is 2.5 hours where the aircraft will cruise between Mach 0.85 and Mach 0.89, making it one of the fastest long range jets available today.[citation needed]

Typical configuration features 18 passenger seats including fully berthable seats and an aft lounge/bedroom. The aircraft has a full galley and two lavatories. The crew rest area was removed, but is being considered on newer versions.[2]

Originally, the maximum takeoff weight was 89,700 lb (40,700 kg). With typical equipment and passenger accoutrements, the empty weight was 52,000–55,000 pounds (22,600–25,000 kg). In April 2008, Bombardier announced that the certified gross weight had been increased to 92,500 lb (41954 kg), which permitted an increased fuel load—projected maximum range increased to 5,200 nm (9637 km).[5]

The maximum certified altitude is 51,000 ft (16,000 m) The typical approach speed is 108 knots (200 km/h) requiring approximately 2,600 feet (790 m) of runway for landing.

Global 5000 changes compared to the Global Express are:

  • Fuselage shortened by 0.813 m (32 in).
  • Removal of the fuel tank in the tail and limiting fuel in the wings.
  • Reduction in MTOW by 5,500 pounds (2,500 kg).
  • Reduction in maximum range by 1,200 nm.
  • Rearrangement of some avionics to gain usable cabin length.
  • Generous allowance for interior completions (3200 kg).


  • Global Express - (model designation BD-700-1A10) is the basic model.
  • Global Express XRS -
  • Global Express 5000 -
  • Raytheon Sentinel R1 - (Surveillance aircraft using Bombardier airframe supplied to Raytheon)
  • Northrop Grumman E-11A - United States Air Force designation for four [6] Global Express being used as a platform for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node.


Military operators

  • Botswana Air Force - operates a single BD-700-1A10 for VIP transport.
 United Kingdom

Civil operators

The aircraft is operated by private individuals (such as Mark Shuttleworth), companies (such as MNG JET Aerospace) and executive charter operators, and the following government agencies:


Global Express XRS

Data from[citation needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (minimum) - four (typical)
  • Capacity: 8-19 passengers
  • Length: 99 ft 5 in (30.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 94 ft 0 in (28.65 m)
  • Height: 24 ft 10 in (7.57 m)
  • Wing area: 1,022 ft² (94.9 m²)
  • Empty weight: 49,750 lb (22,600 kg)
  • Useful load: 1,775 lb w/full fuel (805 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 99,500 lb (44,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710A2-20 turbofans, 14,750 lbf (65.5 kN) each
  • Cabin length: 48 ft 4 in (14.73 m)
  • Cabin max width (centerline): 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Cabin max width (floorline): 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • Cabin height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
  • Cabin floor area: 335 ft² (31.1 m²)


Global 5000

Data from Bombardier[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two - Three
  • Capacity: 8 in a typical configuration, up to 19 in high density arrangement
  • Length: 96.8 ft (29.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 94 ft 0 in (28.65 m)
  • Height: 25.5 ft (7.7 m)
  • Wing area: 1,882 ft² (53.29 m²)
  • Useful load: 1,775 lb (w/full fuel) (805 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 92,750 lb (42,071 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710A2-20 turbofans, 14,750 lbf (65.6 kN) each
  • Cabin length: 42.47 f (12.94 m)
  • Cabin width (centerline): 8.17 ft (2.49 m)
  • Cabin width (floorline): 6.92 ft (2.11 m)
  • Cabin height: 6.25 ft (1.91 m)
  • Cabin floor area: 317 ft² (29.4 m²)
  • Cabin Total Volume 1,884 ft³ (53.9 m³)


  • Maximum speed: Mach .89 (513 kt, 590 mph, 950 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach .85 (488 kt, 562 mph, 904 km/h)
  • Range: 5,200 nm (9,360 km)
  • Service ceiling: 51,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Basic Operating Weight: 50,840 lb (23,061 kg)
  • Maximum Ramp Weight: 92,750 lb (42,071 kg)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 92,500 lb (41,957 kg)
  • Maximum Zero Fuel Weight: 56,000 lb (25,401 kg)
  • Maximum Fuel Weight 39,250 lb (17,804 kg)
  • Balanced field length (SL, ISA, MTOW): 5,540 ft (1,689 m)
  • Landing distance (SL, ISA, MLW): 2,670 ft (814 m)


  • Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ "Bombardier Celebrates Aviation Milestones: 1,000th Dash 8/Q-Series Turboprop and 400th Global Business Jet". 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b Bombardier Global 5000 - Sitting pretty, Flight International Magazine, 7–13 October 2008, p.49
  3. ^ Bombardier Aerospace launches Global 5000 business jet
  4. ^ Simpson 2005, p. 33.
  5. ^ Global 5000 Adds Fuel and Range, Flying Magazine, Vol. 135., No. 5, May 2008, p.19.
  6. ^ Bringing Home the BACN to Front-Line Forces
  7. ^ Bombardier | Aerospace
  • Simpson, Rod. "Global 5000–Fills the Gap for Bombardier". Air International, October 2005, Vol 68 No 4. pp. 30–36. ISSN 0306-5634.

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