Just a week after certification by Transport Canada, the Bombardier Global 6500 has entered service. The first aircraft will be leased back to Bombardier to utilize as a demonstrator, and the aircraft will be featured at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas later this month.
David Coleal, Bombardier Aviation President, stated “We are celebrating a significant milestone today with the entry-into-service of this exceptional aircraft. We’re proud of the work our team and our suppliers have done to deliver a technologically advanced aircraft that exceeds our customers’ expectations in terms of unparalleled comfort, superior performance and an incomparable smooth ride. The Global 6500 business jet continues to maintain the longstanding winning DNA of our Global family of aircraft, the most successful long-range business jet platform.”
The entry into service comes after the certification of the Rolls Royce Pearl 15 engines on September 23rd and the certification of the aircraft by Transport Canada on September 24th. This has been a very busy week for this program at Bombardier. EASA and FAA approvals are anticipated shortly, with EASA flight testing completed last month and the FAA tests nearing completion. The Global 5500 is expected to enter into service early next year.
The integrated combined vision avionics for the HUD display is in the final stages of certification, and will combine enhanced vision with synthetic vision in a single view. While both capabilities are currently available, the combined view is not yet available.
Unveiled at EBACE 2018 about 17 months ago, the Global 6500 and 5500 projects have been completed on-time and on-budget. With the new engines and other design enhancements, the range for the Global 6500 is now 6,600 nautical miles.