First Bombardier Global 6500 nearly complete


The first production Bombardier Global 6500 aircraft has moved into the company’s Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Around 90% of the flight testing program for the long-range business jet has been completed, with the wing and engine in final stages of validation. The aircraft’s entry-into-service is planned for later this year.

All testing on the first flight test vehicle has been completed and the aircraft has been retired. The second and third test aircraft are progressing through flight testing and “performing exceptionally well”  said Bombardier.

Julien Boudreault, vice president of program management at Bombardier Aviation said, “As the Global 6500 progresses towards entry-into-service, we couldn’t be happier to welcome the first production aircraft in our  facilities in Montreal, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on the new business jet.”

The first Pearl 15 engines have also been supplied and fitted to the Global 6500.

The aircraft is using Rolls-Royce’s latest engine for business jets and also has a new wing to help make it faster and more efficient. The aircraft has a range of up to 6,600 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach .90,

The Pearl engine has the same nacelle envelope as Rolls-Royce’s well-proven BR700, but has been upgraded with technology derived from the company’s Advance2 program to deliver a maximum thrust of 15,250lb, 7% better fuel consumption and 20% less NOx emissions.

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