By Thomas Shambler
Bombardier's Global 7000 is bigger, faster and flies farther than any other business jet in service
Bombardier doesn't need to do much to promote the Global 7000. Indeed, it's probably best to ditch any complicated campaigns and focus instead on just the numbers. It has a range of over 13,500 kilometres, and will cruise at a steady 900 kilometres per hour.
That's enough to go from Los Angeles to Melbourne, or Hong Kong to New York. But while Bombardier is keen to extoll the Global 7000s speed and range, it's the cabin that travellers will most appreciate. The main cabin is 16.45 metres long, giving you enough space for a broad range of customisable interiors.
The cabin is filled with natural light, thanks to its oversized windows. A first seating area fits four individual seats in club configuration, whereas a second seating zone has a table that stretches the width of the cabin. The third area is set up as a cinema room, with a couch on one side of the cabin facing a large video screen on the other.
The room is lit by ambient sources only – no overhead lighting – just red, blue and green-coloured bulbs that enable passengers to set different moods for the room. There are even pocket doors with sound-isolation, handy for long trips and loud movies.
Then there's the bedroom. It's important to note that this is exclusive to the Global 7000 – it is the only private jet in service that is large enough for a fourth zone.
The bedroom, which includes a TV at the foot of the bed, is designed to look like a boutique hotel room (Bombardier's design team spent a year touring the world's best boutiques for inspiration).
The space is furnished with a double bed, and has its own en-suite with shower stall. The Global 7000 started service this year, and for a happy few, it's become a proper home in the clouds.