On Monday, Bombardier announced more suppliers and a few additional design and production details for the new Global 7000 and 8000 long-range business jets that are scheduled to enter service beginning in 2016.
New program suppliers include Rockwell Collins for the avionics and primary flight control computer; Parker Aerospace for the hydraulics and fly-by-wire flight control technology; Messier-Bugatti-Dowty for the landing gear; Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems for the wheels and braking system; Liebherr-Aerospace for the air-management system; Apparatebau Gauting, for the water and waste system; and Arrowhead Products for the ducting system. Previously announced program suppliers include Aerolia for the center fuselage, GE for the engines/integrated propulsion system; Hamilton Sundstrand for the electrical, APU and high-lift system; Intertechnique for the fuel, fuel inerting and oxygen systems; and Triumph Aerostructures for the wing.
Bombardier vice president and general manager of the Global program Bassam Sabbagh said the decision had been made to use metal construction as opposed to composites for the 7000/8000’s transonic wing; other company executives said a decision on the new wing’s exact metallurgical content had yet to be made, but that lithium-aluminum alloy was under consideration. While the aircraft’s industrial plan remains under development, Bombardier has decided to assemble the airframe at its Toronto facility and install the interior at its Montreal completion center. Sabbagh said Bombardier is leveraging other company programs and capabilities for the new Globals.
Rockwell Collins is the current avionics supplier for the Global Vision avionics suite for the Global 5000/6000 models, and these avionics are based on Collins’s Pro Line Fusion system. The avionics in the Global 7000/8000 are also branded Global Vision. Parker Aerospace is currently working with Bombardier to develop the fly-by-wire system for the new CSeries single-aisle airliner the company currently is developing.