Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet took to the skies with its first test flight today from Downsview Airport in Toronto.  This is a positive milestone for this long-range aircraft, which along with the Global 8000 still in development, will compete with the 650 at the top end of the business aircraft market.

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The Global 7000 can carry 17 passengers, has a range of 7,400nm, and a typical cruising speed of M.90.  The aircraft is powered by the Passport engine from GE, and has surprising field performance for its size, with a take off distance of 5,950 ft. and a landing distance of 2,810 ft.   The program, initially scheduled for entry into service this year, is running about 2 years late, with EIS now expected in 2018.

 

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