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21 February 2024

Stay ahead of the competition

By Reena Amos Dyes




A busy tycoon looking to buy a long-range business aircraft to keep an eye on the company’s financial interests from wherever he happens to be in the world need look no further than the Bombardier Global Express XRS.


This luxury private jet can accommodate an entire posse of personal assistants and executives that any self-respecting tycoon just cannot do without. In fact, it operates like a luxury office in the sky.


Haley Dunne, co-ordinator, media relations, Bombardier Business Aircraft, told Emirates Business: “The Bombardier Global Express XRS is an important business tool. The Global Express XRS acts as an office in the sky, complete with all the amenities and technology needed to keep work going during a long commute, so that you don’t miss out on any big business deals.


“A passenger can hold boardroom-style meetings with other executives in the forward area of the aircraft as it can accommodate eight to 18 passengers and two to four crew, depending on what the customer wants from their jet.”


Travelling at a speed of 950kph, this jet can easily fly at an altitude of 51,000 feet and travel to a distance of 11,390km, before it needs refuelling. Dunne said: “With the addition of a forward fuel tank the Global Express XRS ultra long-range intercontinental business jet now has the capacity to carry 20,400kg of fuel so it can fly longer distances at higher speeds than any other business aircraft in its class.


“It can cover 11,390km at the speed of Mach 0.85, and 10,093km at the speed of Mach 0.87.”


The Global Express XRS jet also features a new, fast-refuelling technology that shortens the time needed for refuelling to less than 30 minutes from 45 minutes it took earlier. 


The Global Express XRS jet has the largest cabin of any corporate aircraft, measuring 14.73 metres long and 2.49 metres wide. The cabin also provides 1.91 metres of stand-up height for greater ease of movement.


“The bigger cabin size allows for a comfortable three-compartment configuration. For example, the baseline configuration includes an enclosed large aft stateroom with adjacent lavatory for rest and privacy. “It also includes a forward club grouping, a mid-cabin conference grouping, and a dedicated forward section comprising a lavatory, a large galley area and a crew area,” said Dunne.


Two new cabin windows, one fore and the other aft, along with larger windows, provide an increase of 183 per cent in the unrestricted view area and there is ambient lighting along the cross-section. The cabin also features the latest light-emitting diode coloured lighting.

To keep passengers connected, the jet comes with an ethernet-based airborne local area network, complemented by an in-cabin telephone system capable of interfacing with a multi-channel satellite communications system comprising the Inmarsat Aero H+ and Swift 64 communication services, as well as with Iridium communication services; a multi-function printer and fax and a host of entertainment options.


Dunne said: “Passengers can either connect to internet and conduct regular business while they travel or close off the aft cabin and catch forty-winks on the divan so they can be ready for work the moment they reach their destination.”


However, all, this comfort and luxury does not come cheap and this luxurious office in the sky will set you back by Dh180 million.


“The Global Express XRS is actually very competitively priced in its segment. The price also varies depending on the options a customer goes for and the level of customisation. The Global Express XRS allows the customer the freedom to choose most elements of their interior, which ultimately impacts the end price,” said Dunne.