Bombardier’s first production Global 7500 recently entered the company’s completion centre in Montreal.
Renamed the Global 7500 from the Global 7000 in May to fit in with the company’s latest aircraft naming convention, the Global 7500 is expected to gain US FAA certification later in 2018.
Bombardier’s Montreal Dorval Airport completion centre was opened during 2017 and has been building interior sets for the Global 7500 since opening.
That includes the firm’s new Nuage seats for other aircraft in the Global family series.
“As the Global 7500 jet continues to progress towards its entry-into-service, we couldn’t be happier to welcome the first production aircraft in our Montreal facilities,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Global 7500 interior completion work requires fine craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Bombardier Business Aircraft is taking its world-class expertise a step further through a new modular completion process leveraging advanced test rigs that ensure all customer aircraft surpass expectations at every level.”
Bombardier is expecting the Global 7500 to enter service during the second half of 2018. Between them, five test aircraft have accumulated over 2,000 hours of flight tests.
“The Global 7500 aircraft’s production process, specifically the interior completion work, results from years of thoughtful planning to maximize efficiency while ensuring the utmost quality for customers,” said Paul Sislian, chief operating officer, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our cutting-edge interior test rig allows our teams to conduct all major fit-and-finish adjustments at our Centre of Excellence, in advance of installation in the aircraft. This process significantly reduces our completion cycle time and will ensure a smooth entry into service and an exceptional product right from the start.”