Bombardier Global 8000: World’s fastest passenger jet goes supersonic in tests

(CNN) – The race to restart supersonic passenger flights nearly two decades after Concorde’s retirement sparked excitement on Monday when aircraft manufacturer Bombardier reported high-speed achievements, confirming the launch of its new business jet.

The Canadian company said it was in development Global 8000 will become “the fastest and longest-range specialized business jet in the world.”

The new aircraft, with seating for up to 19 passengers, a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km) and a top speed of Mach 0.94, will enter service in 2025, Bombardier said.

The news comes after a Global 7500 test vehicle broke the sound barrier during a demonstration flight last May, reaching speeds of over Mach 1.015.

Supersonic breakthrough

Visualization of the interior of the Global 8000 aircraft currently under development by business jet manufacturer Bombardier.

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The aircraft, escorted by a NASA F/A-18 pursuing aircraft, also became the first transport category aircraft to fly at supersonic speeds on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), according to Bombardier.

“The Global 8000 aircraft builds on the outstanding qualities of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with the flagship aircraft of a new era,” said Eric Martel, President and CEO of Bombardier, in a statement released Monday.

Flight testing of the Global 8000 has already begun on Global 7500 flight test vehicles. Bombardier says the new aircraft will also have a cockpit altitude equivalent to 2,900 feet.

new era

The future aircraft is described as "the world's fastest and longest-range business jet."

The future aircraft is described as “the world’s fastest and longest range dedicated business jet”.

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

Last year, United Airlines announced that it could offer supersonic routes as early as 2029, following a deal to buy 15 supersonic aircraft.

Meanwhile in Colorado boom supersonic is completing ground testing of the X-B1, the prototype aircraft for its 65 to 88-person Overture jet aircraft, which is designed to fly more than 500 mostly transoceanic routes that would benefit from the aircraft’s Mach 2.2 speed.

Unfortunately, Florida-based aviation startup Aerion collapsed just months after it unveiled plans for a Mach 4+ commercial airliner, the Aerion AS3, last year.

Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized the time frame for Concord’s retirement. Concorde aircraft were scrapped in 2003.

Top image credit: Bombardier Aviation

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