Bombardier’s International 8000: World’s quickest passenger jet goes supersonic in checks


(CNN) — The race to resume supersonic passenger flights nearly two decades after the retirement of Concorde was offered a glimmer of excitement on Monday when plane manufacturer Bombardier revealed high speed achievements while confirming the launch of its new business jet.

The Canadian company said the in-development Global 8000 will be “the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet.”

With a capacity for up to 19 passengers, a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 kilometers) and a top speed of Mach 0.94, the upcoming plane is expected to enter service in 2025, according to a statement from Bombardier.

The news comes after a Global 7500 test vehicle broke the sound barrier during a demonstration flight last May, achieving speeds of more than Mach 1.015.

Supersonic breakthrough

A rendering of the interior of  Global 8000 aircraft, which is currently being developed by business jet manufacturer Bombardier.

A rendering of the interior of Global 8000 aircraft, which is currently being developed by business jet manufacturer Bombardier.

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The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA…