By THOMAS BLACK / Pic By BLOOMBERG
Bombardier Inc’s Global 7500 private jet set a record for travelling between Los Angeles (LA) and New York City (NYC), shaving about 90 minutes off the time it takes an airliner to make the coast-to-coast trip.
The Global 7500, the world’s largest business jet, flew between Van Nuys Airport and Teterboro Airport just outside of New York City in three hours and 54 minutes, Bombardier said in a statement. The record comes after the Global 7500 flew 8,152 nautical miles on another recent trip, marking the longest flight for a private plane, the Canadian planemaker said.
The aircraft, which has a list price of about US$73 million (RM297.84 million) and began deliveries in December, has taken the crown from General Dynamics Corp’s Gulfstream G650 as the most coveted luxury jet, boasting a four-zone cabin with a dining area and bed- room. The G650 created a new class of ultra- long-range business aircraft that had been uncontested since deliveries began in December 2012.
A typical commercial flight from LA International Airport to Newark International Airport takes about 51⁄2 hours. A bedroom isn’t included. — Bloomberg