Most-Coveted Private Jet? Bombardier Grabs for Gulfstream's Halo
December 15, 2017, 12:00 AM GMT-5 Updated on December 15, 2017, 9:18 AM GMT-5
- "We already have people asking about the 7000," said Pat Gallagher, sales chief for NetJets Inc., Warren Buffett's private jet company, which has ordered an undisclosed number of the planes. "It's bigger than anything else that's out there. It will be the new flagship for Bombardier, for NetJets and for the industry in general."
A clash of titans is shaping up in the luxury-jet set: Bombardier Inc. is seeking to use its new Global 7000 to wrestle away the Gulfstream G650's crown as the most coveted private aircraft.
Bragging rights aren't all that's at stake. Canada's largest aerospace company is banking on the Global 7000 to drive sales in the coming years after ceding control of its marquee commercial jet (CSeries) to Airbus SE. Bombardier is playing catch-up to Gulfstream, a unit of General Dynamics Corp., which set the standard for speed and comfort with the first delivery of its G650 five years ago.