The original Global Express, first delivered in 1999, hung its hat on being able to fly long distances at high speeds and high altitudes. At the time of its release, the Global Express had the largest cabin and the furthest range of any private jet on the market at nearly 6,000 nautical miles.
The Global Express is powered by two Rolls Royce BR-710-48-C2 engines with FADEC, and is equipped with Honeywell’s Primus 2000XP avionics suite. The original Express remains one of the fastest private jets in the world with a cruise speed of about 475 knots.
The Global 5000, delivery of which began in 2004, is based on the Global Express. For the Global 5000, Bombardier reduced the fuselage by nearly three feet (32 in), and reduced its range by about 1,000 nautical miles.
Bombardier removed the fuel tank in the tail and reduced the amount of fuel located in the wings, thus reducing its range and its maximum takeoff weight by 5,500 lbs. Its cabin was also reduced by about six feet in length, from 48 feet and 4 inches to 42 feet and five inches.
Bombardier also began using Rolls Royce’s more efficient BR710A2-20 engines, reducing operational costs. The same engines are found on the XRS and 6000.
Global Express XRS
The Global Express XRS is nearly identical to the original Express, but has a greater range and a modified design. Compared to the original Global Express, the XRS has an increased range of about 1,000 extra nautical miles (from 5,000 to 6,000, hence the model names), as well as an improved cabin layout and more advanced cabin lighting system. The range increased comes by way of an additional 1,486-lb fuel tank at the wing root. Its cabin, unlike the 5000, remained identical to the original Express with a length of 48 feet and 4 inches.
In 2011, Bombardier replaced the Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics system found on the XRS with the Bombardier Vision flight deck, powered by Rockwell Collins’ ProLine Fusion avionics system. With the avionics change, Bombardier also began marketing the aircraft as the Global 6000. In addition to the upgraded avionics system, the Global 6000 has a quieter cabin than the XRS.
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To learn more about the Global series and other Large Jets, check out our Large Jet Buyers’ Guide.