BOMBARDIER HAS flown its flagship Global 7500 aircraft between Singapore and Tucson, Arizona, claiming a record for the longest-range business jet flight in history operated by a purpose-built aircraft. In addition, the company says it sets a record for the highest speed over the longest distance.
Bombardier announced the achievement on March 4, 2019 and it says the aircraft flew the 8,152nm (15,100km) flight non-stop.
The Global 7500 departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 7:12 local time and arrived at Tucson International Airport at 8:19 local time, which Bombardier claims is a long-range speed record for the city pair.
David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “The Global 7500 aircraft was built to break all the records. It achieved the industry’s longest mission ever in business aviation after only two months in service. We’ve demonstrated its unequalled longrange and high-speed capabilities, but also its ability to break records confidently and with healthy fuel reserves remaining.”
Bombardier said the aircraft landed at Tucson International with 4,300lb (950kg) of fuel remaining, a sufficient amount for almost 1.5 hours of additional flight time and “well above” National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) requirements. The manufacturer also said that the first aircraft to be delivered to a customer (in December 2018) has already completed 170 hours of flight operations in flights all over the world.
Bombardier brochure figures for the Global 7500 indicate a range of 7,700 nautical miles (14,260km) and a top speed of Mach 0.925.
In related news, the company announced on February 26, 2019, that it will expand its Singapore Service Centre at Seletar, quadrupling its local footprint, from the current 100,000 square feet (9,260 square metres) to 430,000 square feet (40,000 square metres).
The facility will offer training, sales, customer support and maintenance and overhaul facilities and is due to become operational in 2020.