Bombardier’s New Long-Range Business Jets On Schedule For 2019 Deliveries


Bombardier announced at NBAA 2018 in Orlando, Florida, this week that it is nearly 70 percent completed with certification flight testing of two new clean-sheet-design long-range business jets—the Global 5500 and Global 6500. The new jets in Bombardier’s Global family are powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, which are purpose-built for the Global 6500 and 5500. The Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engine will deliver up to 15,125 pounds of thrust under ISA+15 conditions.

The new jets in the Global series boast significant range—up to 5700 nautical miles for the Global 5500 and 6600 nautical miles for the Global 6500—with top speeds as high as Mach 0.90. In real world ops, that’s New York to Cairo in the Global 5500 and Miami to Moscow in the Global 6500.

With newly designed interiors, the new Global series has no shortage of modern styling. At the convention, Bombardier was showing off the patented Nuage seat and Nuage chaise lounge seat for the Global cabin’s conference suite. There’s also ultra-fast cabin connectivity and a 4-K ultra-high-resolution media suite.

As for avionics, the new Globals will sport Rockwell Collins Vision flight decks, or CVS. It’s the only suite for business jets that merges enhanced and synthetic vision in a single view. There’s plenty of power to support the avionics and other cabin tech—the new Global aircraft are equipped with four variable frequency generators, in addition to an auxiliary power unit, or APU.

Bombardier is kicking up its support potential, too. At NBAA it announced a new service center at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. Expected to be operational in 2020, the service center will employ nearly 300 people and will be equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, mods, avionics installations and other support efforts for the Learjet, Challenger and Global model line. This is a $100 million investment, according to Bombardier. The Global 5500 is expected to carry a price tag of around $46 million and roughly $56 million for the Global 6500. Both jets are scheduled for delivery in 2019. For more, visit