Bombardier Aerospace has started assembling major structures for the first flight-test vehicle (FTV1) of the Global 7000 and 8000 program, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. FTV1 will be a Global 7000 prototype, a company spokeswoman told AIN.
“We are entering an exciting phase of the Global 7000 and 8000 program,” said Bassam Sabbagh, the vice president and general manager of the Global 7000/8000 program. “The program is progressing well in the detailed design phase, with the majority of the production drawings already released. The start of assembly of our first major structures represents a significant step forward.”
Structural and system suppliers, in addition to several Bombardier Aerospace manufacturing sites, are now manufacturing parts and major structures for FTV1. The rear fuselage and cockpit is being assembled at Bombardier Aerospace’s manufacturing facilities in Queretaro, Mexico, and St.-Laurent, Canada, respectively. Meanwhile, the center fuselage is being put together at Aerolia’s facility in Meaulte, France, and the wing is being assembled at Triumph’s plant in Red Oak, Texas.
The Global 7000 and 8000 are expected to enter service in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Bombardier would not disclose when FTV1 is expected to be rolled out or fly.