The ultra long-range category of aircraft comprises the largest models among private jets, and the capabilities of these jets are impressive. Ultra long-range applies to aircraft with a range of between 6,000 and 6,500 nautical miles, and some can travel even farther. In addition, ultra long-range aircraft are some of the fastest in civil aviation, and are equipped with ever-advancing state-of-the-art navigation, safety and avionics technology. At 50,00 feet or higher, these aircraft are able to operate at a service ceiling that allows them to fly at altitudes well above the busy flight zone that many other aircraft use, and also allows them to avoid turbulence for a smoother in-flight experience. Because passengers spend ample amounts of time on these jets, they are typically equipped with the most comfortable interiors and advanced on-board technologies available. Multi-media and business facilities are standard on these large aircraft, as well as ample space for customized seating configurations, making them optimal jet options for business travelers. The Boeing Business Jet, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X, and the popular Gulfstream G550 are comparable Ultra Long-Range aircraft.
The Boeing Business Jet is the largest of the ultra long-range business jets, with the following cabin dimensions: the length is 107.3 feet, the width is 11.7 feet, and the height is 7.1 feet. The interior seats eight passengers in ultimate comfort and luxury, although the cabin can be organized to seat up to 60 in a high-density configuration. Options include conference and lounge areas, full lavatory with shower, sleeping accommodations and enhanced multi-media and business capabilities. The BBJ utilizes eight auxiliary fuel tanks, which means it can easily complete ultra long-range and overseas trips non-stop.
The Bombardier Global Express was an early leader in ultra long-range technology. At the time of its conception, the Global Express had the largest cabin of any private jet and could travel the farthest without making a fuel stop. The cabin layout carries between 13 and 19 passengers, and includes two fully enclosed lavatories and a selection of multi-media preferences. Noise is mitigated by considerable cabin insulation and advanced engines that produce less audible vibration. The engines are BMW/Rolls Royce BR710A2-20 turbofans that execute a rapid ascension to the jet’s optimal cruise level – around 42,000 feet – and can climb to 37,000 feet in just 19 minutes. What sets the Global Express apart from other comparable aircraft is its ability to cruise at a high speed for long hauls; it can travel at .85 Mach for its maximum range of 6,100 nautical miles.
The Dassault Falcon 7X is a luxurious business jet arranged with three separate lounge areas conducive to productivity, meetings and optimized comfort. Standard features include a stand-up lavatory, ergonomically adjustable seats, full-size galley, full-length wardrobe, and advanced temperature controls and pressurization system. Exclusive interiors designed by BMW DesignWorksUSA Group are available on the Falcon 7X. The jet’s cutting edge environmental system regulates altitude levels so that at 50,000 feet, the altitude inside the cabin is approximately 5,000 feet. An air humidifier, advanced noise control, and variety of seating configurations all contribute to the Falcon 7X’s comfort and versatility.
Gulfstream is the leader in large cabin jets and one of the most highly recognized and well-known manufacturers in civil aviation. Perhaps that’s why the Gulfstream G550 is such an exceptional ultra long-range plane. The G550 is the revamped edition of the GV, with advanced aviation technologies that enable it to travel farther, faster, and with more cabin space than its predecessor. Although the cabin can carry up to 19 travelers, it is usually configured for 14 to 16 passengers for maximum comfort. Standard amenities include a full lavatory with shower, and separate rooms for conferences, dining, lounging, and a crew rest area. The G550 is propelled by two BMW/Rolls Royce BF 700-710-C4-11 turbofan engines which produce an enormous amount of power enabling the jet to travel fast and for extremely long distances. Enhanced avionics technology including I-NAV increase flight safety and accuracy.
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