Work is progressing rapidly at a Bombardier facility in Toronto on what is being billed as the ultimate long-range business aircraft.
The super-luxury Global 7000 boasts of many firsts, among them a four-zone cabin that includes a bedroom.
Two Global 7000 flight test vehicles are being assembled on what the company calls “the most advanced production line in business aviation.”
Two additional test vehicles are in various stages of production.
Coleal, Ouellette and GE’s Kathy MacKenzie in Toronto on Tuesay.
“With a no-compromise approach and forward-thinking technology, we are focused on bringing the game-changing Global 7000 aircraft to market,” said David Coleal, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
He noted that Bombardier is employing the highest-calibre technology throughout the entire manufacturing process for the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program.
“The final assembly line in Toronto features a state-of-the-art automated positioning system that moves the wing structure into place for joining with the fuselage.”
The program’s integrated aircraft ground tests are also making good progress across 15 facilities, the company said.
When the Global 7000 and 8000 program was first announced in 2010, many thought it was in response to Gulfstream’s G650. More than 100 G650s are in service now.
But Coleal doesn’t agree with that argument.
Design Manager Tim Fagan
“The G650 is not a competitor because of the four-zone cabin,” he said Tuesday as Bombardier showcased the test vehicles to the media.
In fact, Coleal doesn’t think there is another business aircraft currently in operation or in development to compete with the Global 7000.
Powered by the next-generation General Electric engines, the Global 7000 aircraft will have a range of 7,400 NM (13,705 km) at M 0.85 with 8 passengers, and will be able to connect London to Singapore or New York City to Dubai non-stop.
The Global 8000, which is also under development, will have a longer range and feature a three-zone cabinet. It will also be powered by GE engines.
“We’re excited by the unprecedented precision and quality we’ve observed on the assembly of the first two flight test vehicles,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice-president of the program.
“This further validates that Bombardier made the right choice in the technology it is employing to build the most advanced business jet on the market.”
The Global 7000 is expected to enter service in the second half of 2018.
As for customer interest, Ouellette said, “We’ve a healthy backlog of orders.”
A full-scale mock-up of the Global 7000
All images are by Abdul Latheef