Is EBACE 2015 the Laud-est show on earth?
EBACE (the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) starts officially on Tuesday, but there are already headlines pouring out from Europe’s number one business aviation show. This morning Formula 1 Champion Niki Lauda kicked off proceedings by announcing he’d bought a new Bombardier Global 7000 aircraft. This comes hot on the heels that his Global 6000 had won a prestigious design prize at the 2015 International Yacht & Aviation Awards for best interior in the Private Jet Design Category.
“The Global 7000 aircraft is an incredible business jet in so many ways,” he said. “The cabin is large and spacious and the four separate zones provide greater comfort, especially for longer trips. With its impressive range and speed, I can easily fly from Vienna to São Paolo, and almost all other stops along the Formula 1 circuit, quickly and efficiently.”
The three-time Formula 1 World Champion has also owned and flown a Global 6000, a Global 5000 and a Challenger 300, which he frequently used to travel to Formula 1 races around the world from his home base in Austria. Not content with announcing a new brand ambassador, the Canadians are also bringing the 650 to the show for the first time.
Bombardier’s Brazilian rival Embraer launched as a concept called the MLJ (Mid-Light Jet) at the NBAA Convention in 2007. Now known as the Legacy 450 the aircraft makes its debut at the show, and flew in today.
designed to carry 7 to 8 passengers over 2,300 nautical miles (4,300 km). The aircraft has full fly-by-wire flight controls, a Collins ProLine Fusion flight deck, Honeywell HF7500 series engines, and a full stand up flat floor cabin. The aircraft’s first flight occurred on 28 December 2013.
Not to be outdone, we’re seeing Dassault Falcon’s new baby the Falcon 8X on the static, too. The stretched derivative of the 7x, the 8X represents an important addition to the Falcon product line, expanding its offering in the ultra long range segment. The new aircraft has a range of 6,450 nautical miles (11,945 km) with 8 passengers at Mach .80.
Gulstream, too, has a debutante in the form of its stretched variant of an already long-legged lovely, the G650 ER. The aircraft has a huge range and has already flown and documented key city-pair connections including Hong Kong to New York; and Los Angeles, California, to Melbourne, Australia.
Last, but by no means least is the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Hondajet on its world tour. This is the first time an in production variant of the type has been on display to the public in Europe.
If you’re at the show get down to the static. If you’re not – follow the Twitter feed on #EBACE15 for all the latest goss.