The new Global 5500 from Bombardier, the smallest model in the Global family, joined its larger Global 6500 and Global 7500 in service last week with the first delivery to an undisclosed customer. Initially introduced at the EBACE convention in Geneva in May 2018, the Global 5500 entered service just over two years from its initial announcement.

The aircraft, with a list price of $46 million, received its type certification from Transport Canada, EASA and the FAA in late 2019. The aircraft features three living areas and is equipped with Bombardier’s advanced Nuage seats. “This spacious and efficient aircraft is the ultimate business tool, with the range and access to safely take our customers where they need to be,” said David Coleal, Bombardier Aviation’s president.

Powered by two Rolls Royce Pearl 15 engines producing 15,125 pounds of thrust, the Global 5500 has a range of 5,900 nautical miles, about 200 more than originally planned. This compares with 6,600 nautical miles for the Global 6500 that entered service last December. With a top speed of Mach 0.9, the Global 5500 has a capacity of up to 16 passengers. The aircraft also offers the latest Bombardier Vision flight deck, an air purification system with advanced HEPA filtration, and Ka-band connectivity.

Completions of the Global 5500 interiors have been shifted from Montréal to Wichita to free up space for completions of the popular Global 7500. “The first Global 5500 aircraft delivery is of particular significance for our employees in Wichita, who recently took on the meticulous work of interior completions for the Global 5000 and Global 5500 aircraft,” said Coleal. All of the Global models are assembled at Bombardier’s Downsview facility in Toronto.

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