Private Jet Manufacturers: Bombardier Business Aircraft
We are continuing our blog series looking at the eight major business jet manufacturers, and this week it’s the turn of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Bombardier Business Aircraft are part of Bombardier Inc., which was first established in 1942. Joseph-Armand Bombardier founded this company in his home province of Quebec, Canada; and it remains where the company’s headquarters are situated.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier founded Bombardier Inc. whist at the same time inventing the snowmobile. This meant that the company was originally named L’Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitee, which translates to Bombardier Snow Car Limited.
Since then, Bombardier Inc. has grown into a manufacturer of commercial aircraft, business jets, mass transportation equipment and a provider of financial services. They have more than 60,000 employees operating in many different countries across the globe.
Bombardier’s involvement with aircraft began in 1986 with the acquisition of Canadair. Since then, they have also acquired Short Brothers, the Learjet Company and De Havilland Canada. They produce an extensive range of jets that suit a variety of different purposes, including the Learjet, Challenger and Global models for the private jet market.
Their current range of Learjet light business aircraft include the original Learjet and then the Learjet 70, 75 and 85 models. The airframe of these models is based on the Learjet 40 and 45 models, with modifications such as new avionics, winglets and engines that consume considerably less fuel.
The Challenger series of aircraft are midsized business jets, and the current models are the Challenger 350 and Challenger 650. Both models can comfortably carry up to eight passengers and have a range of around 4,000 nautical miles.
The Global series offers the largest of the business jets produced by Bombardier. The current models are the Global 5000, 6000, 7000 and 8000. The Global model was first introduced to the market in 1993 and took its first flight in 1996.
The Global series of aircraft can carry considerably more passengers than the Learjet and Challenger series, making them very popular with those who’d like more flexibility over the design of the interior cabin.
The Global 8000 model is currently under construction and once completed it promises to be the world’s farthest-reaching business jet. It aims to transport people faster in between destinations, thanks to the state of the art technology and equipment on board.
If you missed our previous posts on Airbus Corporate Jets, Beechcraft Corporation and Boeing Business Jets simply click on the relevant links to find out more about each manufacturer.
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