In our June/July issue, we celebrate bizav with a visit to Sunwest Aviation in Calgary. We also profile Flightdeck Solutions, discuss northern aviation priorities, and remember the Dash 7. Plus: RCAF retention challenges.
Bombardier has announced that the first Global 6500 aircraft was inducted in its state-of-the-art completion centre in Montreal, moving the new addition to the Global family closer to entry-into-service later this year.
“As the Global 6500 jet progresses towards entry-into-service, we couldn’t be happier to welcome the first production aircraft in our state-of-the-art facilities in Montreal, where high-precision completion work is being carried out on the new business jet,” said Julien Boudreault, vice-president, Program Management, Bombardier Aviation. “With the longest range, largest cabin in its class and smoothest ride, the Global 6500 boasts an innovative interior design and enhanced performance, offering the convenience and state-of-the-art technology our customers have come to expect from the Global family.”
Flight testing is progressing well, with 90 per-cent of flight testing completed at Bombardier’s test centre in Wichita, Kan. The first flight test vehicle (FTV) has successfully completed all mission testing and is now retired. The Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine is delivering on the unmatched total performance expected and FTV2 and FTV3 are performing exceptionally well throughout the rigorous flight testing program.
The purpose-built Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines and a new wing make the Global 6500 aircraft faster and more efficient. The Global 6500 aircraft boasts optimal operating costs that outmatch all other aircraft in its class, along with the built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned.
Taking total performance to new heights, the Global 6500 aircraft delivers a range increase of up to 1,300 nautical miles when operating out of hot weather and high-altitude conditions, thanks to increased engine thrust and improved overall fuel efficiency. With a top speed of Mach .90, the Global 6500 aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore to London and Toluca to Madrid non-stop. The re-imagined wing brings flexibility and redefined aerodynamics to ensure a smooth ride from takeoff to landing.
The Global 6500 aircraft offers a stunning redesigned cabin with exclusive features, including the Nuage chaise, a unique seating innovation which adds new dimensions to the conference suite as a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table. Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, meticulously designed for maximum comfort, is also exclusive to the new Global aircraft family. With its distinctive technologies engineered for maximum comfort and effortless movement, the Nuage seating is ideally suited for long-range flights.
“In designing the Nuage chaise, we wanted to bring flexibility to the cabin experience, maximizing comfort and relaxation on long-haul flights. The Nuage chaise introduces an all-new, ergonomically-perfected lounge position-not offered on any other business aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, senior vice-president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our customers will benefit from the most comfortable cabin experience with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious, all the while enjoying the unrivalled performance and smooth ride, signature to Bombardier’s industry-leading Global aircraft.”
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