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Bombardier Global 5500 and 6500 Business Jet Program on Schedule for 2019 Delivery

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.

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. Click to enlarge.

Flight testing on the two new aircraft is taking place 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.

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