Private aviation firm VistaJet boasts the world's largest charter fleet of Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft.
The Global 7500 offers a range of 7,700 nautical miles with seating for up to 19 passengers.
VistaJet offers the aircraft with a private entertainment suite and bedroom for passengers.
Being wealthy means being able to travel to the ends of the earth in style, luxury, and with as few stops for fuel as possible. And that's exactly what the Bombardier Global 7500 seeks to offer.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier currently holds the title for having built the largest and longest-ranged purpose-built private jet that's currently in flying service with its flagship Global 7500.
It's a travel experience that only a privileged wealthy few will be able to enjoy, especially as the majority of aircraft in service are privately owned. But rather than purchase the $75 million jet outright, private aircraft charter firm VistaJet wants the wealthy to use its aircraft.
VistaJet is the largest private airline to fly the Global 7500 and has been steadily filling its stables with more of the long-range aircraft. A maximum range of 7,700 nautical miles allows the wealthy to fly nearly anywhere in the world in one stop or less.
"We knew this aircraft would be popular, it's a game-changing aircraft," Ian Moore, VistaJet's chief commercial officer, told Insider.
Take a look inside one of VistaJet's Bombardier Global 7500 private jets.
Bombardier developed the Global 7500 to seat a maximum of 19 passengers. But VistaJet opted to only include seating for 14 as there's often no need to fill a private jet with as many seats as possible, as is often the case in the commercial airline world.
A cabin length of 54 feet and five inches gave VistaJet lots of flexibility in configuring the aircraft and the result is a cabin with four distinct living areas, including a private bedroom.
The club suite is the first living area to welcome passengers comprised of four seats in total. The configuration is standard on all large-cabin private jet aircraft like the Global 7500.
Each seat in the area is Bombardier's new "nuage" seats that aim to take a new approach to the classic private jet seat
Its features include a unique tilt system that offers a deep recline, floating base, and tilting headrest.
Each seat pair also has its own side table that's ideal for working on a laptop, enjoying a meal, or even playing a game of cards.
And to control surrounding functions including seat lighting, Bombardier crafted a unique circular touch-screen control panel. A flyer need only wave their hand above the panel for it to rise up from its base and activate.
The club suite also offers storage space that's ideal for small personal items including phones and other devices.
In-seat power is offered through 110v AC power outlets and USB charging ports.
The principal passengers will typically utilize the club suite during takeoff and landing. And once in-flight, the rest of the aircraft awaits.
Directly behind the club suite is the conference suite, comprised of six seats with three on each side of a large table that's separated by the main aisle.
The conference suite doubles as a dining area and is ideal for meals and meetings, as the situation requires.
The two halves of the table can be connected by a leaf during meal times, meetings, or other times when needed.
An oven and microwave in the forward galley of the aircraft allow flight attendants to craft and serve high-quality meals during the flights.
Once the meals and meetings have ended for the day, the entertainment suite awaits passengers with a veritable home living room experience in the sky.
A three-place divan sits opposite a massive entertainment screen capable of playing movies or displaying a moving map with the aircraft's location.
Closeable doors on each side of the cabin also allow for a truly private experience.
And even in the brightness of day, all the window shades can be closed to create the feeling of a night at the movies.
The large screen can also be used for presentations if the aircraft is being used for business.
The final living space of the aircraft is the private suite containing a private bedroom that is typically reserved for the principal flyer.
Inside the private suite is a full bed capable of sleeping two people, as well as a single club seat.
A full bed is rare on a large-cabin private jet aircraft but the sheer size of the Global 7500 allows for such extravagances.
Owners can even opt to have a shower installed on the aircraft to complete the feeling of a flying home away from home.
Business travelers, in particular, benefit from having the bedroom as it allows them to be well-rested upon landing to attend meetings and other activities.
The space is most often used as a private enclave for the principal flyer as it's tucked away from the main living areas and only features one seat.
Some business leaders will also retreat to the private suite to use it as their office.
Also included in the suite is a sizeable entertainment screen alongside a small bookshelf that VistaJet always keeps well stocked.
"It's a little bit of analog in a digital world," Moore said of the books, one of which was the American classic "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
Attached to the private suite is the en suite bathroom complete with a full sink, closet, and toilet.
All the required amenities and toiletries come pre-stocked, just as if flying first class on a commercial airliner.
VistaJet even stocks a shower robe for passengers.
And a window feeds natural light into the bathroom.
The entire aircraft has an at-home feeling which is necessary given the long flights of which the Global 7500 is capable.
Crafting a timeless interior was also required to keep repeat flyers from growing tired of the aircraft.
"We're constantly adapting cabin experience so that we're never boring," Moore said. "You never want to get to the point where you're flying and you go 'I don't really want to get in that cabin again.'"
Each section of the aircraft also has a dual purpose between business and leisure, according to Moore. The entertainment suite, for example, can be a relaxing setting in which to watch a movie or it can be used for business presentations.
The six-person dining table is primarily used for meals but it can also be used to host meetings.
Bombardier itself was also present at the Dubai Airshow trying to sell Global 7500 aircraft to prospective owners. But VistaJet only wants to sell the flights.
"If you're flying an aircraft 800 to 900 hours per year, buy an aircraft, you'll need the flexibility," Moore said of owning an aircraft. But the upside to charter, he stated, is the ease of use by not having to be concerned with crew and maintenance expenses.
VistaJet's pool of pilots also enables users to fly the aircraft to its fullest 7,700-nautical mile potential as ultra-long-haul flights require an extra set of pilots on board.
The downside is that private aircraft availability has varied as more wealthy travelers book private flights, a problem VistaJet is trying to hedge by taking on as many Global 7500 aircraft as it can.
VistaJet first placed its first Global 7500 order in 2013, long before the pandemic changed how people travel. "We believed that a global airline was what was missing in private aviation," Moore said.
"We took the risk and we're reaping the rewards now," Moore said. "We're saying no to flights at the moment."
But booking an aircraft with the size and capabilities of the Global 7500 isn't for the average private jet flyer.
Customers have to commit to paying a minimum of five hours of flight time when booking the Global 7500 as VistaJet is looking to encourage long-range bookings for the long-range aircraft.
The best pricing for the aircraft is for those flyers booking in excess of seven hours.
VistaJet's average duration for Global 7500 flights is between eight and 10 hours currently but once more countries around the world open, namely in Asia, the possibilities for the aircraft are endless.
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