A versatile “Cube” encapsulates the spirit behind the Executive Cabin that Bombardier plans to include as an option in its upcoming Global 8000 ultralong-range business jet.
The company announced the new cabin on Monday at the 2022 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in Orlando, Florida. The Executive Cabin features three workspaces: the Office Suite, the Conference Suite, and the C-Suite. The areas aim to enable collaboration, productivity, and networking, and each is 12 feet in length.
Within the configuration and seating options is the modular furnishing, the Nuage Cube. Nuage—which means “cloud” in French—in its cube expression is intended to float around and change form much like a cloud, perhaps transforming from a footrest to a table when deployed in flight. For takeoff and landing, the Nuage Cube will be stowed in a dedicated compartment.
Those taking delivery of the Global 7500 and 8000 may also spec four living areas depending on their needs. The Nuage interior includes new seats as well, with independent side tables. The Conference Suite hosts a large credenza with a flip-up monitor for presentations and other gatherings in the space.
The Global 8000 is in flight testing, proving its projected 8,000-nm range and top speed of Mach 0.94—test pilots have gone supersonic in the process of performing certification profiles, according to Bombardier. The Global 8000 is projected to enter the market in 2025.
Sustainable Efforts from Bombardier
With $6.5 billion in revenue, 14,700 employees, and 5,000 aircraft in service, Bombardier has weathered the combination of the pandemic and its own corporate machinations. Éric Martel, president and CEO of Bombardier, outlined the company’s recent realignment and growth in employment. “When we relaunched the company, service [has been] a major pillar of growth,” he said in the press conference at NBAA-BACE. “This year alone we added a million square-foot service center space.”
Those service facilities have opened in Singapore and Melbourne, Australia, with the facility in Biggin Hill, London (EGKB) opening later this fall. A fourth facility, at Miami’s Opa-Locka Airport (KOPF), will open on October 31.
Martel spoke of the company’s alignment with the industry’s sustainability goals, including the use of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its aircraft, now up to a 50 percent blend. It’s also seeking aerodynamic improvements to support reduced emissions, including its EcoJet, which utilizes a blended wing concept.
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