Bombardier has unveiled two additions to its Global business jet family: the Global 5500 and Global 6500, with ranges of 5,700 and 6,600 nautical miles, respectively. The Global 7000 has been renamed Global 7500.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has unveiled two additions to its business jet fleet: the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, with ranges of 5,700 and 6,600 nautical miles, respectively, and top speeds of Mach 0.90.
The new aircraft — featuring Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and an optimised wing — extend the ranges of the existing BR710-powered Global 5000 and Global 6000 by 500 and 600 nautical miles, respectively, coupled with an up to 13% fuel burn advantage.
These aircraft also deliver a range increase of up to 1,300 nautical miles when operating out of hot-weather and high-altitude conditions, thanks to increased thrust and improved fuel efficiency. They are also claimed to offer superior agility compared to their closest competitors. Entry into service is targeted for the end of 2019.
The Global 5500 and 6500, like all members of the Global bizjet family, will offer the Nuage seat, described by Bombardier as the first new seating architecture in business aviation in more than 30 years. The Nuage seat is a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table.
Separately, Bombardier also announced that the Global 7000 is being renamed the Global 7500, reflecting performance achieved during flight testing. Bombardier recently revealed that the aircraft's range is now set at 7,700 nautical miles, 300 nautical miles further than initial commitments.
The Global 7500 has also exceeded takeoff and landing performance commitments, leading to a new published takeoff distance of 5,800 feet at full fuel in standard operating conditions. Landing performance is described as rivalling the stopping distance of aircraft in the light jet category, allowing the aircraft to fly into steep approach air fields, such as London City.
The Global 7500 is on track to enter service in the second half of 2018.