Bombardier concludes first test flight of its Global 7000 aircraft programme
Bombardier Business Aircraft has completed the maiden flight of its Global 7000 aircraft programme, marking the start of a flight test programme of the aircraft family.
During the 2h 27min flight, the Global 7000 flight test vehicle took off from Bombardier’s facility in Toronto, Canada.
The flight tested the basic system functionality, as well as evaluated the handling and flying qualities of the aircraft.
All flight controls were also exercised during the test flight, which reached an altitude of 20,000ft at a planned speed of 240k.
Capable of carrying eight passengers, Bombardier’s flagship Global aircraft family is set to enter service by the second half of 2018.
Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal said: "The first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers.
“This is a very proud moment for Bombardier and confirms the Global 7000 aircraft programme development 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, creating an unforgettable experience for our customers.
“The Global 7000 business jet’s impressive capabilities promise to establish a whole new category for large business jets.”
Designed to offer an improved cabin experience, the Global 7000 business jet will provide four living spaces and a dedicated crew area.
A new transonic wing design has also been developed for the aircraft, which expects to offer non-stop flights between London and Singapore, or from New York City, US, to Dubai, UAE, under certain operating conditions.
Image: Bombardier Global 7000 aircraft takes off on first flight in Toronto, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.