2022 – Bombardier Global 8000: the world’s fastest passenger aircraft to reach supersonic speeds in tests

(CNN) – The race to resume supersonic passenger flights nearly two decades after Concorde retired provided a touch of excitement on Monday as aircraft manufacturer Bombardier unveiled high-speed successes while also confirming the launch of its new commercial jet aircraft.

The Canadian company said it is developing a global 8000 aircraft that will be “the fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet in the world”.

With a capacity of 19 passengers, a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km) and a top speed of Mach 0.94, the next aircraft is expected to enter service in 2025, according to a statement from Bombardier.

The news comes after the Global 7500 test vehicle broke the sound barrier and reached speeds of over 1,015 Mach during a test flight last May.

Supersonic breakthrough

An indoor view of the Global 8000 is currently in development by business jet manufacturer Bombardier.

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Accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase aircraft, Bombardier also became the first transport-class aircraft to fly supersonic on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as a result of the flight.

‚ÄúThe Global 8000 builds on the outstanding features of the Global 7500 and provides our customers with a pioneering new era aircraft,‚ÄĚ said Eric Martel, Bombardier President and CEO, in a statement released Monday.

Flight tests for the Global 8000 have already begun with the Global 7500 flight test vehicles. Bombardier says the upcoming plane will have a cabin altitude of 2,900 feet.

new era

The highly anticipated aircraft is described as “the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet”.

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The Global 8000 is just one of many developments in the many efforts to increase the speed of passenger aircraft more than two decades after Concorde’s retirement.

Last year, United Airlines announced it could offer supersonic routes by 2029 after sealing a deal to buy 15 supersonic aircraft.

Meanwhile, Colorado-based Boom Supersonic has completed ground tests of the X-B1, the prototype of the Overture aircraft, which is designed to seat 65 to 88 people and fly more than 500 routes across the ocean propelled by the aircraft’s Mach 2.2 speeds.

Unfortunately, Florida-based aviation startup Aerion collapsed months after it revealed plans for a Mach 4+ aircraft called the Aerion AS3 last year.

revision: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the time frame for Concorde’s retirement. Concordes retired in 2003.

Photo credit above: Bombardier Airlines