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Bombardier announced that its Global 7500 aircraft has demonstrated its unmatched performance capabilities with the first ever flight from London City Airport (LCY) to Los Angeles, Calif.
The flight was carried out by a flight test vehicle (FTV5) called “The Masterpiece,” in London City to complete the Global 7500 aircraft’s steep approach certification flight test campaign for Transport Canada.
The Masterpiece was configured with the equivalent weight of a fully fitted interior, including a stateroom and shower, and 2,400 pounds (1,089 kilograms) of additional payload, representing about 11 passengers and their baggage.
As part of its steep approach certification flight test campaign, the aircraft also performed several takeoffs and landings at LCY to demonstrate this operational capability. With its tremendous performance and flexibility, the Global 7500 aircraft gives passengers direct access to any location in the U.S. from the airfield deep in the heart of one of the world’s greatest financial centres.
“The Global 7500 aircraft’s combination of unrivalled performance, exquisite cabin experience and size simply cannot be matched,” said Peter Likoray, senior vice-president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This demonstration continues to cement the Global 7500 jet as the industry leader, showcasing once again to customers the real-world capabilities of this revolutionary aircraft that can deliver uncompromising value to customers under any conditions, at any time, without the need for tailwinds.”
“Welcoming the Global 7500 aircraft to London City Airport for its flight test campaign is a crucial milestone towards certification and subsequent business jet operations at London’s most central airport,” said Gary Hodgetts, director of operations at London City Airport. “The flight completed by the Global 7500 FTV on May 10 is the longest flight ever out of London City and simply demonstrates the exceptional performance of the aircraft.”
The Global 7500 aircraft is the largest business jet with short-field performance and steep approach capabilities able to operate out of LCY and to connect any city in the continental U.S., Africa or the Middle East. Its long-range performance can go even further travelling eastward, reaching most major cities in Asia.
This latest mission comes only weeks after the aircraft set back-to-back city-pair speed records for the fastest ever business jet flights between New York and London, and between Los Angeles and New York. Prior to that, the Global 7500 aircraft also completed an unprecedented long-range mission from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., departing as planned during its busy world-tour schedule–without the need to linger at the airfield for days on end.