“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Bombardier Sees a Shifting Business Jet Market
The robust market for business jets will continue despite economic fears in the U.S., according to a recent speech in Montreal by Bombardier Aerospace president Pierre Beaudoin. Beaudoin--who will take the reins of parent company Bombardier from his father and current CEO, Laurent, on June 4--said the Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer's backlog for business jets is strong, with many models sold out for three years or more. However, demand is becoming much less U.S.-centric, he said. "The market has been growing by 20 percent annually since 2004 and it's changing rapidly," Beaudoin said. "This year, only 22 percent of our orders have come from the U.S., down from 70 percent in 2000 and 50 percent in 2006. Europe, Russia and Asia are buying more." In the nine months that ended October 31, Bombardier delivered 156 business jets, 13 more than in the same period in the previous year.