Global 7000 giant claimes Henderson static
Canadian OEM Bombardier Business Jets has landed its fourth flight test vehicle (FTV4) of the Global 7000 test program on the static display of Henderson Executive in Las Vegas, NV, for this week’s Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (BACE 17). It’s the first time the giant aircraft is being showcased at a public event and equipped with a cabin interior.
Dubbed “The Architect”, the aircraft will be the only one with a cabin configuration of four living spaces to feature a complete kitchen and full-sized crew suite. According to a company statement, the aircraft will be used to validate the overall passenger experience, including the cabin management system and entertainment options, newly designed seats and amenities throughout the four living spaces, the full-sized crew rest area and gourmet galley.
The Architect joined the test program late last month, when it successfully performed its maiden flight. One of the other three test aircraft was forced to land during a test flight at the end of August due to an engine flame-out.
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“FTV4 […] has a unique purpose in flight validation,” commented Bombardier Business Jets Global 7000 and Global 8000 Program Senior VP Michel Ouellette. “Upcoming flight validation prepare us for certification of the interiors. We have placed tremendous effort on making the Global 7000 aircraft a business jet like no other.”
With the test program progressing positively – with close to 900 flight test hours logged – Bombardier is upping its production rate at its Toronto, Ontario facility. Eight customer aircraft are currently making their way through final assembly. Simultaneously, the company’s center of excellence in Montreal is also increasing interior productions. According to Bombardier Business Aircraft President David Coleal, the production of the Global 7000 is already sold out until 2021. “The Global 7000 is positioned to come into service at the right time,” he further adds. “We’re poised to capture market growth.”
A fifth and final test vehicle, known as the Masterpiece, is being prepped for its entry into the test program. Final preparations are under way for FTV5’s initial flight from the company’s Toronto facility. Certification and entry-into-service of the Global 7000 is expected to occur by 1H-2018.