- October 11, 2007, 5:13 AM
Bombardier was planning to fly the Global 5000 for the first time late last month from its Toronto Downsview facility before ferrying the new long-range jet to the airframer’s Wichita Flight Test Center. The first of the two aircraft destined for flight test is seen here in a recent photo undergoing preparations for its maiden flight; the second aircraft is scheduled to fly later this month. Launched in February last year, the Global 5000 is a truncated version of the ultra-long-range Global Express, offering 4,800 nm range (NBAA IFR with eight pax and three crew) at Mach 0.85 versus its big brother’s 6,100 nm. When range is not paramount, the $33 million (2001 dollars) Global 5000 can cruise at up to Mach 0.89. Certification is planned for early next year, followed by first delivery late next year. Bombardier is not saying how many Global 5000s are on order.