Bombardier’s latest business jets, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 have been awarded Transport Canada Type Certification.
The aircraft completed their flight testing program, at Bombardier’s test centre in Wichita, Kansas.
The Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine which powers the aircraft also received Transport Canada certification recently.
The Global 5500 and 6500 offer 500 and 600 nautical miles additional range compared to their predecessors – the Global 5000 and 6000 – and an up to 13% fuel burn advantage.
The Pearl 15, which has been developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, features streamlined aerodynamics, blade cooling and advanced engine health monitoring systems. The aircraft also feature a newly optimized wing, which increase the aircraft’s fuel efficiency and help provide a smoother ride for passengers
The company expects the first aircraft to enter-into service this year – the first production 6500 moved into the company’s Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre in Montreal, Canada in May.
Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are expected to follow shortly.
David Coleal, president of Bombardier Aviation said, “Following their unveiling last year, these aircraft continue to surprise and surpass expectations. Thanks to a new wing design and custom-made Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets boast farthest-in-class ranges, offering unrivalled performance and unsurpassed passenger comfort, at exceptional operating costs.”
“Not only did we deliver on our commitments but we did on schedule.”