Global Express XRS spreads wings
Bombardier successfully completed wing mating on the first Global Express XRS at the company’s de Havilland facility in Toronto on November 9. Technicians from Bombardier and wing manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reported no issues in joining the 94-foot-span wing to the fuselage of the first production airplane, S/N 9159. The wing is essentially the same as that on the Global Express, from which the XRS is derived. The first flight of the $45.5 million, 6,150-nm-range XRS is scheduled for early next year, followed by entry into service in the first quarter of 2006. Certification of the XRS is scheduled for this month, before first flight, because approval is under an STC.