Bombardier's Global 7000 first flight test vehicle has completed its maiden trip. The type is set to enter service in the second half of 2018.
It flew for two hours and 27 minutes, reaching an altitude of 20,000 ft and a test speed of 240 kts.
“The first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers,” says Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal. “This is a very proud moment for Bombardier and confirms that the Global 7000 aircraft programme is on schedule. It is the industry's most innovative and uniquely designed business jet and the only aircraft on the market to offer four living spaces for unparalleled comfort and flexibility. The Global 7000 business jet's impressive capabilities promise to establish a whole new category for large business jets.”
VP of product development and chief engineer François Caza adds: “It was very exciting to see our Global 7000 aircraft take to the skies. Our world-class product development team, supported by our suppliers, followed our rigorous first flight readiness process which included systems, structures and aero-dynamics technical reviews, as well as the extensive use of test rigs and state-of-the-art simulation. The successful conclusion of this process clears the way for the start of our comprehensive flight test programme leading to certification.”
As well as offering four living spaces, the cabin also includes a dedicated crew area. With a redesigned transonic wing, the aircraft has steep approach capability and short field performance.