Bombardier begins Global 7000 and 8000 assembly


Bombardier Global 8000

Bombardier starts major structures programmes on both the Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets.
Bombardier Global 8000

Bombardier Global 8000.

Bombardier has started the major structure programme for the first test vehicle (FTV1) on the Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jet.

Bassam Sabbagh, vice president and general manager, Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft programme, said: “We are entering an exciting phase of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft programme. The programme is progressing well in the detailed design phase (DDP) with the majority of the production drawings already released. The start of assembly of our first major structures represents a significant step forward.”

The aircraft main components are being manufactured on a number of sites. The rear fuselage and cockpit of FTV1 are currently being assembled at Querétaro, Mexico and St-Laurent, Canada, respectively. The centre fuselage is being assembled at Aerolia’s manufacturing facility in Méaulte, France, and the wing is being assembled at Triumph’s facility in Red Oak, Texas.

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The Global 7000 is set to enter service in 2016 and the Global 8000 follows a year later in 2017.

The Global 7000 will have a range of 7,300 nautical miles (13,520 km) and the Global 8000 a range of 7,900 nautical miles (14,630 km).