Bombardier asked its customers what they want and they said, “A home in the sky”. Nilesh Pattanayak, VP for Asia-Pacific, Bombardier, talks about what his company has done with the Global 6000 to fulfil those wishes and talks about the Global 7000 which is due for launch by the end of this year.
He says: “It [will be] the only true four-zone cabin with ultra-long range, 7,400 nautical miles.”
He continues: “We have had a phenomenal response from our Asia-Pacific customer base because many companies are going global in their operations – the business leaders who run these corporations need that connectivity, to Africa, to Europe and US."
According to Pattanayak, the Global 6000 with the premier cabin has already been well-received. He explains: “We’ve taken the design elements of the 7000 with the latest in cabin entertainment systems, the cockpit technology and the KA-band internet connectivity. Customers love being able to [watch] multiple movies and work while they’re on a flight so it’s the ideal business tool for the new elite of Asia.”
The company sat designers and engineers down together to meet customers' needs.
Pattanayak says: “I have customers who already have 7000s on order who are willing to upgrade from the existing global to the premier cabin in the interim because they can see the difference.”
He concluded: “The 7000 will be delivered at the end of the year. It will be a game-changer for the industry and for us here in Asia.”