Bombardier has announced that the flight test
program for its Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft is
progressing on schedule, with 70% of flight testing now complete.
“The response to the Global 5500 and Global 6500
aircraft has been overwhelmingly positive since their unveiling at
EBACE,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business
Aircraft. “The program is proceeding to schedule and these
exceptional new long-range business jets are on track to enter
service in 2019.”
Bombardier Business Aircraft revealed at the
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May
that it was growing its Global family with two long-range business
jets, featuring a newly optimized wing and premiering exclusive
Rolls-Royce Pearl engines.
Flight testing on the two new aircraft is taking
at Bombardier’s test centre in Wichita, Kansas, where
both the Airbus A220 (Bombardier C Series) and the recently certified Global 7500
aircraft underwent flight testing.
Aerodynamic validation of the aircraft’s newly
optimized wing, which was re-profiled to further refine
Bombardier’s signature smooth ride, is now complete, and interior completions of the first customer
aircraft are set to begin this year.
“The flight test team feels privileged to
execute another program for such superior aircraft,” said Tom
Bisges, Vice President, Bombardier Flight Test Centre and Flight
Operations. “The Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft flight test program
is proceeding smoothly, and we find that our extensive experience
testing the Global 7500 aircraft, as well as the quality of these
newest aircraft, allow us to continue to execute on schedule.”
The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft have
ranges of 5,700 and 6,600 nautical miles,
respectively, with top speeds of Mach 0.90 and Bombardier’s smooth
ride technology. The Global 5500 aircraft can connect New York to
Cairo, and Miami to Moscow; the Global 6500 aircraft can connect
New York to Beijing, and Miami to Istanbul.