Environmental concerns are rife in modern society. Every day, millions of consumers make purchasing decisions based not just on how they’ll directly benefit from a given transaction, but based on how the environment might be affected, too.
The world of business has, naturally, responded to these changes in attitude in various ways. Some businesses have taken steps to make their activities greener; some have merely pretended to have done so.
For certain industries, like aviation, the environmental impact is considerable. And for private planes, the impacts are even greater – since fewer passengers on a given flight mean more emissions per air mile travelled. Aeroplanes not only emit CO2 directly: but they also have other effects which collectively contribute to twice as much warming as emissions.
One of the challenges here is a lack of available alternatives. But that doesn’t mean that private aviators haven’t been trying to lower their emissions through a range of means. Take the Global 7500, which since 2021 has been steadily brought into the Vista Jet fleet of private business planes.
Almost by definition, no private jet can cram in as many passengers as the equivalent-weight commercial flight. But that doesn’t mean that larger private planes aren’t markedly more efficient than smaller ones. More space inside the cabin means that more passengers can be transported, which ultimately means greater efficiency – provided that the plane is at capacity. The Global 7500 is around the length of three Rolls-Royce phantoms.
As the International Energy Agency makes clear, energy efficiency matters enormously when it comes to reducing emissions. The further you can travel on any given gallon of jet fuel, the less jet fuel you’ll end up burning and flying at higher altitudes can be the answer to such goals.
The 7500 can fly at at 1.75x the altitude of the summit of Mount Everest (around 51,000 ft compared to just 35,000). Since the air is thinner at altitude, this means greater efficiency and greater range. Fewer refuelling stops means less taking off and less landing – which means saving on all the energy required to bring the plane to a halt!
Thinner air also means that passengers reach their destination faster. The 7500 can sustain a speed of around three times that of an F1 car boasting a speed of 838.8km per hours. For perspective – such velocity is 3x that of the average F1 car, completing 4274 laps of the Circuit de Moneco in just 17 hours.
It’s also worth considering the quality of the recirculated air you’re breathing whilst you’re in the air – especially when you’re on a long flight. The Pũr Air systems fitted to a 7500 mean that all of the air in the compartment is recirculated every two minutes and that 99.99% of airborne particulates will be caught.