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Global 5500 and 6500 jets receive Transport Canada certification


The Global 5500 and Global 6500 hold a newly optimized wing and new Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier announced today that its two newest additions to the Global aircraft series, the Global 5500 and 6500 business jets, have been awarded Transport Canada Type Certification. The Montreal company states this achievement paves the way for entry-into-service by the end of this year and that certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are expected to follow shortly.

“Thanks to a new wing design and custom-made Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets boast farthest-in-class ranges, offering unrivalled performance and unsurpassed passenger comfort, at exceptional operating costs,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Aviation.

The flight-testing programs for both aircraft were completed at Bombardier’s test centre in Wichita, Kansas. The Pearl 15 engine, the newest addition to Rolls-Royce’s business-aviation-engine portfolio, also recently received Transport Canada certification. Bombardier explains the engine, developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, was custom-designed with enhanced aerodynamics, blade cooling and engine health monitoring systems.

Equipped with Bombardier’s Vision Flight Deck, the aircraft also offer an advanced avionics suite. The Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets also debut the Nuage chaise, described by Bombardier as a seating innovation that converts from a lounge chair into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining. The Nuage seat is well suited for long-range flights.

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The new 5500 and 6500 aircraft build on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage. The Global 5500 aircraft can connect Sao Paolo and Paris, and Moscow and Los Angeles. The Global 6500 aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore and London, and Toluca and Madrid.