Introduced in 2003, the Global Express XRS is an upgraded version of its ultra-long-range, large cabin predecessor, the Global Express, which it replaced in 2005. With greater range and an improved design, the Global Express XRS can seamlessly complete international and intercontinental flights in extraordinary style and comfort. As an improvement upon an already legendary jet, the XRS won Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” award in 2011, with the magazine’s Private Aviation Advisory Board member Bill Quinn stating, “If cabin size and long-range performance are what’s needed, then the Global Express XRS is ideal.”
Global Express XRS Features
The XRS retains the excellent cabin space of the Global Express, one of the largest in the heavy business jet category. The cabin measures 6.3 feet high, 8.2 feet wide, and 48.4 feet long, with a total volume of 2,140 cubic feet. All that space can be divided into three separate living zones, which can be dedicated to business, dining, or relaxation. A full galley and two lavatories are available. A total baggage capacity of 195 cubic feet is accessible internally, giving passengers the opportunity to access their items while up in the air.
The jet’s executive style leather seats have reclining capabilities for ultimate comfort. With an Ultra Electronics active noise and vibration cancellation system, passengers aboard Bombardier’s Global Express XRS can enjoy a productive and relaxing work environment. Natural light illuminates the cabin from the jet’s 20 windows, and the XRS’s improved LED lighting can be adjusted at the flick of a switch.
The XRS is powered by dual Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR 10A2-20 turbofan engines, each producing a powerful 14,750 lbs. of thrust. Due to the immense power generated by the engines, the aircraft has a range of 6305 nautical miles (with four passengers), and can travel at a high-cruise speed of 574 mph. The aircraft is rated for a ceiling of 51,000 feet, allowing it to avoid air traffic and poor weather conditions, and can climb to 37,000 feet in just 20 minutes.
One specific upgrade that Bombardier implemented when designing the Express XRS is the wing layout. By decreasing the wing size, Bombardier was able to make the aircraft travel faster while reducing drag and turbulence during flight. A 1,486-pound fuel tank at the wing root also helps increase the aircraft’s range. Additionally, Bombardier modified the aircraft to facilitate landing and takeoff at lower speeds by implementing four sections of aluminum slats.