Bombardier’s first three Global 7000 flight test vehicles (FTVs) have amassed more than 500 flight test hours between them. The manufacturer says the aircraft is on track to enter service in the second half of 2018. Four customer aircraft are now in final assembly at the company’s facility in Toronto, Canada.
“The three FTVs have been meeting all performance and reliability expectations for this stage in the flight test program, and the pace of testing will continue to accelerate with the two remaining FTVs progressing well toward their respective first flights,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice president, Global 7000 and Global 8000 program.
The first Global 7000 FTV flew for the first time in November 2016, and was joined by FTV2 and FTV3 in March and May 2017 respectively. FTV1 reached Mach 0.995 in March 2017.
The Global 7000 features four zones, as well as a crew rest area. The aircraft will offer Ka-band connectivity, enabling HD content streaming.
July 19, 2017