What's next from Bombardier? Will it be a revamped XRS? Some say yes, some say no

Bombardier could announce plans for a new ultra long-range business jet, maybe as soon as the NBAA convention next month. At least that is what a few people of note in the aviation world have said.

Company officials told Aviation International News this week that they will not comment on rumors or speculation, but that has not stopped some in the industry from doing just that.

Not all opinions align though on what will happen next, or exactly what aircraft will emerge from Montreal.

Differing opinions on the speculation after the jump. [more]

In an article released this week, AIN’s Chad Trautvetter spoke with George Tsopeis, VP of aviation services for Zenith Jet.

Tsopeis predicted a new offering from Bombardier to compete with the Gulfstream G650, and he “strongly believes” it will be a modified Global XRS with the same Rolls Royce engine as the G650, along with a newer, lighter interior and upgraded wings.

Under Tsopeis’ speculation, such a model could reach customers by 2013, sooner and cheaper than rolling out a new model, and in time to jockey for orders with the new Gulfstream.

Read the full article here.

Aviation Week’s Fred George posted a differing opinion today to the Super XRS theory on the Business Aviation Now blog. He cites unnamed “company insiders” who say, in his words, “that’s just not going to happen.”

Subtle ushering from company representatives to potential customers has focused on Project 170, a larger, 7,000 nm, .85 Mach cruise successor to the Global Express, according to George.

This model could be certified by as soon as 2016, he says.

Read the full article here.

Regardless, an announcement of some sort in the not-too-distant future probably will happen, as Bombardier positions itself to compete for its share of $208 billion in new jets to be delivered this decade, as Zenith Jet predicts in an AIN article written by Trautvetter earlier this month. It says more than half of those sales will consist of large, ultra-large and long-range aircraft.

Read that full article here.