First Bombardier Global 5000 Enters Service

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Bombardier Aerospace last month announced the entry into service of the first completed Bombardier Global 5000 business jet. The aircraft departed Montreal on Monday, April 18, 2005, and is now in service with a corporate operator based in the Middle East. Launched in February 2002, the Bombardier Global 5000 can, under certain conditions, feature a top cruise speed of Mach 0.89 and a 4,800-nautical-mile (8,889-km) range at Mach 0.85. "The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet has arrived - and it will elevate intercontinental, high-speed travel to a new level," stated Duncan Koerbel, vice-president and general manager, Global Product Line. As of March 2005, Bombardier had delivered a total of nine green, or unfinished, Global 5000 aircraft into completion.