The Bombardier Global 7000, equipped with GE engines, successfully completed its first test-flight on 4th November. The maiden flight took off from a runway near the Canadian air manufacturer’s facility in Toronto, gradually climbing to an altitude of 20,000 feet (6,000m) and a planned test speed of 240 knots (445km/h).
The two and a half hour flight kicked off a rigorous flight-testing programme, to check the twin-engined jet’s handling and flying qualities, as well as basic system functionality.
The Global 7000 is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018, two years behind its original schedule. Bombardier claims its new business jet is the only aircraft on the market to offer such a flexibly designed cabin interior.
“It is the industry’s most innovative and uniquely designed business jet and the only aircraft on the market to offer four living spaces for unparalleled comfort and flexibility,” claims David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers” he adds.
Capable of landing on short runways, the Canadian business jet can carry 17 passengers in its standard configuration. It can fly distances up to 7,400 NM (13,700 km). The air manufacturer estimates its maximum speed at 0.925 M (980 km/h).