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ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MODELS OF THE MARQUE’: THE 1910s – THE ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 H.P. ‘SILVER GHOST’

ROLLS-ROYCE ‘MODELS OF THE MARQUE’:
THE 1910s – THE ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 H.P. ‘SILVER GHOST’

Monday 3 June, Goodwood, West Sussex

  • A brief history of the Rolls-Royce 40/50 H.P. – generally known as the ‘Silver Ghost’ – launched in 1906
  • Legendary performances in the great motor trials of the early 20th Century cemented Rolls-Royce’s reputation as creators of ‘the best car in the world’
  • Second in a series celebrating a landmark model from each decade of the marque’s history, from its foundational years in the 1900s to the contemporary Goodwood era
  • The selected motor cars represent significant developments in design, construction, engineering and technology that continue to influence the marque’s products today

“Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.”

Andrew Ball, Head of Corporate Relations and Heritage, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

 

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Legalimit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available.

Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

As with all Rolls-Royce models of the time – and indeed until the 1950s – the 40/50 H.P. was a rolling chassis, upon which the client commissioned bodywork from an independent coachbuilder. At its heart was a new six-cylinder, 7036cc engine (from 1910, the capacity was increased to 7428cc). Royce’s groundbreaking design effectively divided the engine into two units of three cylinders each; combined with a harmonic vibration damper on the crankshaft – a feature still used by modern manufacturers – he effectively eliminated the vibration problems caused by resonate frequencies that had bedevilled six-cylinder engines up to that point.

This technical achievement alone would have been sufficient to make the 40/50 H.P. a historically significant motor car. But it was the marketing genius of Claude Johnson that assured its immortality.

When the 40/50 H.P. was launched, new motor cars were taxed based on their horsepower. In general, this meant higher-value motor cars attracted heavier duties than lower-priced models. Since many of the more powerful motor cars on the market were imported, the tax also helped protect domestic British producers.

To provide a universal basis for these tax calculations, the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) developed the ‘tax horsepower rating’. This was derived not from actual engine output, but by an esoteric mathematical formula based on three engine measurements, all the more arcane when expressed in the prevailing imperial units: an assumed mechanical efficiency of 75%; a mean cylinder pressure of 90lbs per square inch; and a mean piston speed of 1,000 feet per minute. Since these differed from engine to engine, in reality, the resulting figure was almost entirely arbitrary, but could be applied by manufacturers and bureaucrats alike. Using this formula, the new Rolls-Royce was tax-rated by the RAC at 40 horsepower; in fact, it developed 50. Hence it was given the prosaic ‘40/50 H.P.’ designation on launch, so clients would know both the level of duty they would have to pay and how much power they could expect.

As an engineer, Royce was probably quite comfortable with this functional naming convention, but not so Claude Johnson. To his showman’s mind, it lacked distinction, resonance, romance and glamour; and it certainly failed to properly suggest the desirable, best-in-class motor car envisioned by Charles Rolls.

Accordingly, some 50 of the early motor cars were given suitably imposing names, either by Johnson or by their proud owners. In an inspired moment, Johnson dubbed the twelfth chassis, number 60551, the ‘Silver Ghost’, in homage to its almost supernatural quietness and smooth ride. Painted silver and adorned with silver-plated fittings, it was widely exhibited by Rolls-Royce at motor shows, and Silver Ghost would go on to become the name by which the 40/50 H.P. was generally known, as it is today.

But chassis 60551 was more than just a showpiece. Out on the road, it dominated the gruelling, high-profile reliability trials that represented the pinnacle of motoring endeavour at that time and were thus central to Johnson’s relentless promotional activities. In the process, it perhaps did more than any other early Rolls-Royce model to establish the marque’s international reputation for performance and engineering excellence.

Its extraordinary run of success began with the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trial, in which it covered some 2,000 miles without a single breakdown, the only delay being for a minute to re-open a closed fuel tap. Immediately afterwards, it covered 15,000 miles non-stop, driving day and night except for Sundays, setting a new world record for continuous travel.

In 1911, impelled by his own pursuit of perfection and Johnson’s insatiable appetite for publicity, Royce unveiled a new version of the Silver Ghost. Known as the ‘London to Edinburgh’ type, it was designed for the RAC’s flagship reliability trial, a return run of almost 800 miles between the two capitals. In an age long before motorways, the route consisted almost entirely of poorly surfaced A- and B-roads; to add to the challenge, cars were locked in top gear from start to finish.

Chassis number 1701 won the event at an average speed of 19.59mph, returning a then-unheard-of fuel efficiency of over 24 mpg. To prove it had not been modified in any way, it achieved 78.2mph on a half-mile speed test conducted soon after the Trial; later that year, fitted with a lightweight streamlined body, it attained 101.8mph at the fabled Brooklands circuit in Surrey, becoming the first Rolls-Royce in history to exceed 100mph.

But arguably the 40/50 H.P.’s greatest sporting triumphs came in 1913. A ‘works team’ of three Silver Ghosts, plus one privately entered car, all specially prepared to the same specification for the rigours of high-speed endurance motoring, gained first and third places in that year’s Alpine Trial, which started and finished in Austria. Customers immediately demanded a Silver Ghost offering similar performance, so Rolls-Royce released a production model of the competition cars; formally named the Continental, these were generally known as ‘Alpine Eagles’. The Continental itself then scored a landmark win in the inaugural Spanish Grand Prix, driven by the newly appointed Rolls-Royce agent for Spain, Don Carlos de Salamanca. His victory by three minutes helped Rolls-Royce break into a Spanish market that had long been dominated by French marques.

These faultless performances, together with the quietness and smoothness of operation implicit in its name, secured the Silver Ghost’s reputation as ‘the best car in the world’. It proved an enormous commercial success for Rolls-Royce, with 6,173 examples built in Britain, and a further 1,703 at the marque’s American factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, between 1907 and 1925.

Thanks to these relatively large volumes over a long production run, the Silver Ghost has one of the largest surviving populations of early Rolls-Royce models. This longevity is a testament to Royce’s engineering and the marque’s build quality. Even more impressive, however, is that some are still capable of the performances they achieved when new. In 2013, 47 Silver Ghosts, including one of the original team, retraced the 1,800-mile route of the 1913 Alpenfahrt, while in 2021, chassis 1701 repeated its record-breaking London-Edinburgh run; locked in top gear, just as it had been 110 years earlier.

Lilium: advanced discussions with the French government

Lilium is in advanced discussions with the French government to expand its industrial footprint with high-volume facilities in France

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet and global pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (“RAM”), today confirmed that it is in advanced discussions with the French government on plans to expand its high- volume production capacity with an industrial footprint in France and on potential government subsidies and loan guarantees. This follows a French government announcement of the talks at the Choose France Summit in Versailles on May 13.
  • Lilium is keen to leverage France’s unique aerospace heritage and vast supplier base in aerospace and electrification to expand its high-volume production capacity of the Lilium Jet
  • Discussion of industrial footprint expansion into France, potential government subsidies and loan guarantees expected to be concluded in the coming weeks
  • Lilium expansion could create up to 850 new direct jobs in France
  • Lilium Jet production expected to boost French export volumes as vast majority of produced Jets would serve other countries

Lilium is currently evaluating several possible sites in France, including in the aerospace and battery production hotbeds of Nouvelle Aquitaine, to expand its industrial footprint, with discussions expected to conclude in the coming weeks. Among the many reasons to choose France, Lilium is attracted by France’s well-established aerospace industry, expertise in electric mobility, highly skilled workforce, and supportive government environment. With an estimated total future investment of up to €400 million over several years, Lilium would have the potential to create up to 850 new direct jobs with this expansion of its industrial footprint.

Founded in 2015, Lilium is a world-leading pioneer in the field of eVTOL technology and electric regional air mobility; and the only manufacturer worldwide with a certification basis for eVTOL aircraft in both Europe and the United States.

Initial production of the Lilium Jet began in 2023 at Lilium’s headquarters site close to Munich, Germany. With entry into service of the Lilium Jet planned for 2026, Lilium is preparing for larger-scale production to meet expected global market demand.

Lilium has an order pipeline consisting of over 780 Lilium Jets including binding orders and MoU agreements from operators in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. According to estimates by Morgan Stanley as of 2021, the global eVTOL market could be worth $1 trillion in global revenues by 2040. The planned new high-volume production facilities in France will serve the global market.

Lilium is currently working with multiple Tier 1 suppliers, including established French players such as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Expliseat, and Ratier-Figeac. By expanding its manufacturing operations in France, Lilium expects to further leverage France’s unique heritage and vast supplier base in aerospace and electrification.

Lilium (NASDAQ: LILM) is creating a sustainable and accessible mode of high-speed, regional transportation for people and goods. Using the Lilium Jet, an all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet, designed to offer leading capacity, low noise, and high performance with zero operating emissions, Lilium is accelerating the decarbonization of air travel. Working with aerospace, technology, and infrastructure leaders, and with announced sales and indications of interest in Europe, the United States, China, Brazil, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lilium’s 1000+ strong team includes approximately 500 aerospace engineers and a leadership team responsible for delivering some of the most successful aircraft in aviation history. Founded in 2015, Lilium’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Munich, Germany, with teams based across Europe and the U.S. To learn more, visit www.lilium.com.

Private Jets Europe featured in the Prestigious Winners Guides 2023

After winning, last year, the award “Best Luxury Private Jet Charter Broker in Romania, Private Jets Europe is listed now among the best in its industry.

Embark on a captivating journey through unparalleled luxury experiences with the Luxury Lifestyle Awards Hospitality & Lifestyle Guide 2023, where the dedicated profile page for Private Jets Europe appears on page 180.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards, the global authority on luxury and excellence, proudly announces the release of its highly anticipated Winners Guides 2023. These guides showcase the best of the best in the realms of Real Estate, Hospitality & Lifestyle, and Sustainability.

As you peruse this refined guide, you will discover the leaders who have redefined the very essence of luxury in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors. From exquisite resorts and hotels to world-class dining establishments, from avant-garde fashion and beauty brands to innovative wellness and eco-conscious offerings, each page unveils the transformative power of unparalleled excellence.

Prestigious Winners Guides 2023: A Celebration of Excellence in Real Estate, Hospitality, and Sustainability.

PJE Travel Cards 2024

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Beyond innovation: Connecting the dots

Beyond innovation: Connecting the dots

Automobili Lamborghini is always looking to the future, and lightweight engineering technologies and innovations around sustainability are two disciplines at the heart of the company’s long-term strategy.  It initiated its industry-leading carbon fiber competencies during the 1980s, and the company’s headquarters facilities have been carbon neutral since 2015, but the drive to push beyond the status quo never stops.

The video, ‘Beyond innovation: Connecting the dots’ explores these two intrinsically-linked Lamborghini pillars through two employees who help envision the future.

“For us, innovation is to be curious, to open new roads that enhance performance and sustainability,” says Elena Del Monte, Head of Body in White, Trims and Composites. “In Lamborghini, we embrace new challenges: it’s part of the company DNA that translates into every team member too.”

“Together, we drive change while joining the dots between projects, departments, technologies and products, but most of all the people who deliver our innovation,” says Silvia Pecorari, Corporate Strategy and Sustainability Project Manager, who oversees sustainability across the entire Lamborghini value chain. “We explore, find a new way, create a unique vision derived from the union of elements that seem independent from each other.

Both agree that their and other departments’ activities are fundamentally linked, in the same way, they share the Lamborghini passion for exploration, applying new thinking to what has gone before to be future-ready.

“I’m a passionate traveler,” says Elena. “I love to look at things from a different perspective. For me, that is realized in the development of the Revuelto’s [1]fuselage. We used new carbon fiber technologies to create a masterpiece that delivers a 10% weight reduction and 25% increased torsional stiffness over the Aventador’s monocoque. The right technology is in the right place, but no boundaries. Pioneering a full carbon fiber front structure in forged composite, developed entirely by Lamborghini means our monocoque integrates components seamlessly, prioritizing sustainability by reducing energy consumption and waste.  We are joining the dots!”

“Sustainability, as described within our Direzione Cor Tauri 2.0 strategy, is our pact with future generations,“ confirms Silvia. “It’s a commitment that connects all of us, evidenced by our target of reducing COemissions per car across the whole value chain by 40% in 2030 (vs 2021), while within this year all drivetrains will transition to hybrid to reduce the fleet emissions by 50% by 2025.”

“That involves every one of us,” the two agree. “As one company, we are setting the trends, with innovation in our very DNA.”

 

[1] Consumption and emission values of Revuelto; Fuel consumption combined: 10,3 l/100km (WLTP); Power consumption combined: 78,1 kWh/100 Km (WLTP); CO2-emissions combined: 276 g/km (WLTP)

Private Business Jets sales increased in 2023

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported global sales of 730 new private business jets in 2023. An increase from the 712 new jets sold in 2022. Sales of piston and turboprop airplanes also increased by an even larger percentage, as did sales of new helicopters. Overall new aircraft deliveries were valued at $27.8 billion, an increase of 3.6%.

Across the other sectors, new piston airplane deliveries increased by 11.8%, to 1,682 units; turboprop airplane deliveries increased by 9.6%, to 638 units and total helicopter deliveries increased by 9.8% to 962 units.  “For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered. In addition to this strong showing, there are robust and growing order backlogs for all segments of aircraft.” said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO, and added, “While the deliveries from 2023 are very encouraging, our industry faces headwinds from ongoing supply chain issues, workforce shortages, uncertainty and unpredictability from global regulators, and short-sighted efforts aimed at curbing business and general aviation, particularly in Europe.”.

Textron Aviation (Cessna) led the market in terms of the number of new jets sold in 2023, and the best-selling turboprop was again the Pilatus PC-12.

Read the full article HERE

 

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FOUR SEASONS CELEBRATES CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE FIVE-STAR AWARDS

FOUR SEASONS CELEBRATES CONTINUED LEADERSHIP IN FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE FIVE-STAR AWARDS

Luxury hospitality brand dominates for ninth consecutive year with the most Five Stars of any company globally

Building on its steadfast position leading the luxury hospitality industry, Four Seasons continues to hold the most Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars of any company worldwide. With a total of 66 Five-Star designations awarded to 45 Four Seasons hotels, 15 spas, and 6 restaurants across its global portfolio, the company is building on its legacy of strength while embarking on its next chapter of growth and continued service excellence.

“I’m incredibly proud to celebrate Four Seasons achievements in this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Awards, a recognition that reaffirms our industry leadership and motivates us on our ambitious path forward as we build from strength to strength,” says Alejandro Reynal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Four Seasons. “This achievement would not be possible without the dedication of our teams around the globe and their commitment to delivering genuine care and personalized service, which is at the heart of the Four Seasons experience and the key to our success.”

For nine consecutive years, Four Seasons has maintained its undisputed leadership in the Forbes Travel Guide Awards, this year welcoming the urban beachfront retreat Four Seasons Hotel Doha as the latest property to achieve the coveted Five-Star status. This year also marks exceptional milestones for Four Seasons Resort Palm BeachFour Seasons Hotel Boston, and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, which each celebrate more than 20 impressive years of maintaining their Five-Stars.

Four Seasons renowned legacy of unscripted care, spectacular craftsmanship and personalized service is brought to life each day by more than 50,000 employees worldwide. The fourth annual Employee of the Year Awards by Forbes Travel Guide honours the remarkable staff who displayed standout performance towards not only guests but to their fellow coworkers as well. This year, Kerson Francois, Engineer at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, was recognized as a finalist for Forbes Travel Guide’s Employee of the Year.

“Our longstanding leadership in the Forbes Travel Guide Awards is a direct reflection of Four Seasons unwavering commitment to raising the bar, elevating our product, and providing outstanding service to consistently meet the evolving needs of today’s luxury traveller,” says Rainer Stampfer, President, Global Operations, Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons. “A heartfelt congratulations to Kerson Francois, and all Four Seasons teams around the globe who are celebrating their achievements and this exceptional industry recognition. We look forward to many more years of success as we continue to grow, with an exciting future ahead.”

“The results from Four Seasons in the annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards is a testament to the dynamism and excellence of its hotels, resorts, restaurants, and spas around the world, and its ability to deliver the very highest standards of service across every touchpoint,” says Amanda Frasier, President, Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide. “I am pleased to congratulate the teams across the globe for a ninth year of well-deserved success and ongoing leadership in these awards.”

In addition to success in the annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards, Four Seasons is growing with intention and solidifying its steadfast commitment to excellence. With a vision to be the most aspirational luxury hospitality and residential brand through genuine and unparalleled service experiences, the company is enhancing and growing its core business of hotels and resorts, expanding its residential portfolio, harnessing the strength of immersive luxury experiences across Four Seasons JetDrive, and upcoming Yacht journeys, and showcasing decades of gastronomic excellence across more than 600 original-concept culinary experiences for all to enjoy.

The 45 Four Seasons properties that hold a Five-Star Rating are:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
  • Four Seasons Hotel Amman
  • Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
  • Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
  • Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
  • Four Seasons Hotel Doha
  • Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
  • Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
  • Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
  • Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya
  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
  • Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
  • Four Seasons Hotel Madrid
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
  • Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston
  • Four Seasons Hotel Prague
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
  • Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
  • Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
  • Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
  • Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
  • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
  • Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
  • Grand Suites at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
  • Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

The 15 Four Seasons spas that hold a Five-Star Rating are:

  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
  • The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
  • Palm Beach Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
  • Ritz Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
  • Guerlain Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
  • Spa Mont Blanc at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
  • Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
  • The Wellness Floor at One Dalton Street, Boston
  • Spa and Wellness Centre at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Burj Alshaya
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid

The 6 Four Seasons restaurants that hold a Five-Star Rating are:

  • Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
  • Caprice, Hong Kong
  • Sushi Saito, Hong Kong
  • Tempura Uchitsu, Hong Kong
  • Zi Yat Heen, Macau
  • Jean-Georges Philadelphia

To view a complete list of Four Seasons awards and accolades, click here.

Methodology

Star ratings are awarded by a team of anonymous professional inspectors who travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruise ships based on up to 900 objective standards. Star ratings ultimately emphasize quality of service. Five-star properties are defined as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruise ships. Anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travellers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through this independent inspection process.

Bombardier Global 7500 – The Smoothest-flying Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet

Bombardier’s Proven Global 7500 Makes Debut at Singapore Airshow, Smoothest-flying Ultra-Long-Range Business Jet

 

  • With more than 150 aircraft delivered to date, the Global 7500 aircraft is business aviation’s most reliable, luxurious, and productive home office in the sky
  • The Global 7500 jet boasts an unrivaled cabin, and signature smooth ride and is the largest and longest-range business aircraft certified and in service
  • In the past six months, the Global 7500 aircraft has built upon its long list of awards and has flown multiple record-breaking missions, showcasing its unmatched performance attributes

Bombardier today announced it is bringing its industry-defining Global 7500 aircraft to the Singapore Airshow Feb. 20-25, making its debut at this important industry event. Truly in a class of its own, the Global 7500 aircraft has transformed business aviation with its refined design, unsurpassed performance, and outstanding technological advancements.

The ultra-long-range Global 7500 aircraft has proven to be the highest-performing purpose-built business jet in the world. Holding the title of the longest-range flight in business aviation of over 8,225 nautical miles, Bombardier has delivered more than 150 aircraft, highlighting its high reliability and in-demand attributes. With a fleet dispatch reliability of more than 99.8% through well over 100,000 flight hours, unsurpassed performance, outstanding technological advancements, cutting-edge sustainability attributes, and luxurious, exceptional cabins for maximum productivity and comfort, the Global 7500 is in a class of its own.

“Bombardier leads the way in the development of cutting-edge, industry-defining aircraft and our Global 7500 aircraft embodies all of our outstanding craftsmanship, innovation, and performance attributes that set it apart from the competition,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Aircraft Sales, and Bombardier Defense. The Global 7500 aircraft is the perfect choice for our Asia-Pacific customers seeking the finest business jet for long-distance travel. It is also a capable option for specialized and defense clients who need a reliable workhorse for a variety of missions.”

The Global 7500 jet packs a punch when it comes to performance. It boasts a top speed of Mach 0.925 and a range of 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 km), enabling it to have the capacity to set numerous speed and distance records. Recently, the Global 7500 aircraft set multiple speed records, showcasing its impressive performance attributes.* These accomplishments build on earlier speed and distance records, including the fastest flight from Los Angeles to New York and New York to London, as well as the longest-ever flight out of London City Airport.

The Global 7500 aircraft also enables several key long-distance pairs from Singapore, including Singapore to San Francisco, and Singapore to London, along with other key long-distance routes in the Asia-Pacific region such as Hong Kong to New York, Tokyo to New York, and Melbourne to Los Angeles.

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Bombardier shipments continue to grow

Bombardier shipments continue to grow

Bombardier reported that revenues climbed by 16 percent year-over-year in 2023, topping $8 billion, as it scaled deliveries to 138 Challenger and Global business jets. The aircraft manufacturer expects deliveries to take another step up to between 150 and 155 in 2024, returning to levels not seen since 2016.

This year, most of that growth is expected to come from its super-midsize Challenger 3500s, with Global deliveries remaining stable.

Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel:

“While we have everything in place to achieve our objective, I want to highlight that our delivery profile for the year is largely set by the pace at which we receive parts from our supplier. We are in an environment where we continue to play the cards we are dealt versus planning an ideal production schedule.”

Martel is optimistic about solid sales continuing this year, despite headwinds involving conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. “We do foresee quite a bit of activity right now on all of our platforms. Looking at our prospect list and people we’ve talked to, [activity] has remained strong.” Customers are not disappearing, he said, but added that they may be taking more time.

In 2023, deliveries were up by 15 units on the year, with Challenger shipments increasing by 13, to 63, and Globals by five, to 75. However, 2022 totals also included three shipments from the now-discontinued Learjet line. Bombardier handed over 32 Globals in the last quarter, compared with 29 a year earlier, and 24 Challengers, compared with 20 a year earlier.

The rise in Global deliveries in 2025 coincides with planned market entry to the Global 7500 and Global 8000. Martel said the development has remained on track for certification and initial deliveries next year. “We are flying the airplane a lot,” he said. While the aircraft has generated substantial interest from customers, Bombardier is offering a retrofit option for the 7500, which he said is keeping activity solid on that aircraft even as the new version is in the wings.

Meanwhile, thanks to the significant investments in the service center space, the company continued to expand its aftermarket revenues and market share. Aftermarket brought in $1.75 billion, up 16 percent from a year earlier and 75 percent since 2020. Bombardier anticipates this to continue to grow as it works toward its goal of $2 billion in aftermarket in 2025.

NetJets will be the launch fleet customer for the Bombardier Global 8000, and the company has placed an order for an additional four aircraft, bringing the total orders for the fractional ownership pioneer to 24 aircraft. Those 24 orders include eight Global 7500s that will be upgraded to the Global 8000 in addition to the 12 previously on order. The new aircraft is expected to enter service in early 2025, and has a list price of $78 million per aircraft. Bombardier has planned a Supplemental Type Certificate program to upgrade existing Global 7500 models to the Global 8000 specifications shortly after entry into service.

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GULFSTREAM G800 MAKES CONTINENTAL DEBUT

GULFSTREAM G800 MAKES CONTINENTAL DEBUT

Long-Range Leader Connects the US and Geneva Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 21, 2023 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the all-new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 has made its Continental debut, arriving in Geneva for the 2023 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2023).
The aircraft, the first G800 flight test article, flew from Savannah to Geneva on a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Gulfstream’s dedicated supply. To date, all G800 test flights originating from Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters have flown on an SAF blend.

Powered by high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and the Gulfstream-designed wing and winglet, the G800 features enhanced fuel-efficiency and can fly 8,000 nautical miles/14,816 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.90. The G800 also features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.

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