Bombardier Adds Canadian Global 5000 Type Certificate...

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If all goes well, first deliveries of Bombardier Aerospace's Global 5000 will take place in the second quarter of 2004, now that the company has a type certificate from Transport Canada for the new model in hand. The milestone, achieved March 12 and announced by Bombardier on March 22, means that the first Global 5000 -- currently being completed -- will enter service by the end of the year. Billed by Bombardier as "the world’s fastest intercontinental super-large business jet," the Global 5000 is certificated to Transport Canada's Chapter 525, Change 6 standards. Certification to U.S. FAR Part 25, Amendments 1 to 97, and by the European Joint Aviation Authorities to JAR Part 25, up to Change 14, is expected in the near future.

"This changes everything -- the Bombardier Global 5000 is far and away the new standard in the super-large business jet category," stated Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The Bombardier Global 5000 is a state-of-the-art machine that will dramatically improve travel for business and government leaders who, to date, have had no choice but to compromise on most key attributes such as cabin width, functionality, travel time between important cities, and airfield accessibility." At a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.85 (562 mph; 904 km/h) -- the fastest cruise speed in its category, according to the company -- the Bombardier Global 5000 will fly eight passengers and three crew 4,800 nm (8,889 km).