NBAA: Bombardier Shows Global 7000

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With eight aircraft already in final assembly, Bombardier showed off a cabin mock-up and test article for its new long-range business jet, the Global 7000, at the NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas on Monday. The test article is the fourth aircraft in the test fleet and is dubbed "The Architect" for its intended purpose of proving interior systems. The 7000 is unique for having four individual living spaces, including a kitchen and full-sized crew suite. "There's basically no aircraft like this on the market today," said Michel Quellette, Bombardier's senior VP for the Global 7000 and 8000 program.

The new aircraft continues to undergo final testing and recently completed cold and heat soak testing. The 7000 has a 7400-NM range and a top cruise speed of 0.92 Mach. According to Quellette, that gives the aircraft sufficient range to fly from New York to Dubai or Los Angeles to Shanghai. The eight airframes currently in final assembly are expected to enter during the second half of 2018, the company said. 

In addition to the Global 7000 announcement, Bombardier said it has also sold Learjet 75 aircraft to London-based Zenith Aviation. That adds to two Learjet 75s already in the Zenith fleet. The new aircraft will be based in the UK.

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