Bombardier’s Centre of Excellence in Dorval, Montreal, Quebec, has welcomed the first production Global 7500 aircraft for completion. The aircraft began arriving in May 2018, although the center began building interior sets upon the center’s inauguration in 2017.
“As the Global 7500 jet continues to progress toward its entry-into-service, we couldn’t be happier to welcome the first production aircraft in our Montreal facilities,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“The Global 7500 interior completion work requires fine craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Bombardier Business Aircraft is taking its world-class expertise a step further through a new modular completion process leveraging advanced test rigs that ensure all customer aircraft surpass expectations at every level.”
Bombardier has designed a test rig comprising a production fuselage mounted on a pneumatic bed, to replicate the conditions of flight – including airframe motions and flight loads. This tool enables the company to validate its interiors on the ground. It was used to validate the fit and finish of the interior for the program’s fourth flight test vehicle, the Architect, and will now be used for the interiors of production aircraft.
“The Global 7500 aircraft’s production process, specifically the interior completion work, results from years of thoughtful planning to maximize efficiency while ensuring the utmost quality for customers,” said Paul Sislian, chief operating officer, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“Our cutting-edge interior test rig allows our teams to conduct all major fit and finish adjustments at our Centre of Excellence, in advance of installation in the aircraft. This process significantly reduces our completions cycle time and will ensure a smooth entry-into-service and an exceptional product right from the start.”
The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2018. It will offer four living spaces, a galley and includes a new seat, Nuage.
Around 1,000 new positions were created to support the aircraft’s interior completions. Bombardier says more than 80% of these positions have been filled, but it continues to recruit.
June 22, 2018