NetJets has placed a firm order for four ultra-long-range Global 8000s, making the fractional operator the fleet launch customer for Bombardier’s flagship aircraft. The order is valued at $312 million at 2022 list prices.
Additionally, NetJets will convert eight existing orders for Bombardier aircraft to Global 8000s and upgrade the Global 7500s it has on hand to the 8000. Eventually, NetJets will have a fleet of 24 Global 8000 business jets.
“With inventory sold out through 2023 in the U.S., we are continuing to invest in further expansion for prospective owners in North America and across the globe,” said NetJets president of sales, marketing, and service Patrick Gallagher. “In fact, by the end of 2023, we are proud to share that our worldwide fleet will be approximately 30 percent larger than it was at the beginning of 2022.”
The upgrading of NetJets’s Global 7500s to 8000s will occur once the 8000 is certified and Bombardier issues a service bulletin for the conversion, a spokesman told AIN. The Global 8000 was unveiled at EBACE 2022 and features a range of 8,000 nm. “NetJets’ experience and expertise make them the ideal partner to unlock the full potential of this revolutionary Mach 0.94 business jet in a large fleet context,” said Bombardier president and CEO Eric Martel.