First Global 6500 enters completion facility
“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.”
Bombardier announced that the first Global 6500 aircraft has been inducted into its Laurent Beaudoin 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.”
Bombardier continues to explain 90 per cent of flight testing for the Global 6500 has been completed at its centre in Wichita, Kansas. The first flight-test vehicle (FTV) has completed all mission testing and is now retired. The aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine, according to Bombardier, is delivering as expected; and FTV2 and FTV3 are performing well throughout the flight-testing program.
The Global 6500 is rated for a range increase of up to 1,300 nautical miles when operating out of hot weather and high-altitude conditions, explains Bombardier, based on increased engine thrust and improved overall fuel efficiency. With a top speed of Mach 0.90, the Global 6500 can connect Hong Kong or Singapore to London and Toluca to Madrid non-stop.
The Global 6500 offers a redesigned cabin that includes the debut of the Nuage chaise, described by the company as 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 is also exclusive to the new Global aircraft family.