Vancouver, B.C.-based London Air Services placed a firm order for Bombardier’s new $65 million, 7,300-nm Global 7000, making it the Canadian launch customer. Entry into service for the Global 7000 is scheduled for 2016. Bombardier now covers the large-cabin, ultra-long-range category with four Globals: the Global 5000, Global Express XRS, Global 7000 and Global 8000. For more, see page one and the NBAA report on page 38.
Bombardier Global Express
In the weeks before last month’s NBAA Convention, industry speculation about whether and how it would compete with the G650 forced Bombardier to partially reveal its hand sooner than it had intended, when on September 30 it admitted that the Global line of ultra-long-range business jets would be expanding.
Bombardier introduced two new jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000, to the top end of its Global family of ultra-long-range business jets at NBAA yesterday. The larger Global 7000 features a four-zone cabin and will have a 7,300-nm range, and the shorter Global 8,000 has a three-zone cabin and a 7,900-nm range.
ExcelAire–a jet charter firm that also offers aircraft management, maintenance and sales–has added two Bombardier Global 5000s to its fleet. A 16-seat Global, which will be on static display here at the show, will be based in Columbus, Ohio, while a 13-seat Global will be based at Long Island MacArthur Airport, where ExcelAire is headquartered.
Bombardier Aerospace reaffirmed its influence on the large business jet category by introducing two new jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. These large cabin aircraft will feature GE’s new emission cutting TechX engine.
The buzz, as these words are written, is that Bombardier planned to unveil a “Super Global” here at the NBAA Convention, and in the end the company was not able to maintain complete radio silence. Possibly alarmed at the prospect of too much substantial chatter erupting ahead of time, the company chose to confirm the basic premise of its planned announcement on September 30.
International Communications Group (ICG, Booth No. 4649) and Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 7557) have demonstrated the compatibility of ICG’s NxtLink ICS-220A communication systems with Rockwell’s Pro Line Fusion avionics. Pro Line Fusion is the basis for the PlaneView250 flight deck on the Gulfstream G250 and is to be featured on the Bombardier Global Express and XRS.
In the U.S. the FAA bestows its Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” award on people who have spent more than 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession. Canada doesn’t seem to offer the same level of recognition for such achievements, but if it did, the name of Leslie Pingel would be high on the list. Pingel, 89, has spent 64 years in aircraft maintenance positions and is still working for Tag Aeronautics as director of technical support.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) opened a new line maintenance station at Riga International Airport in partnership with Latvian partner Baltic Business Aviation Center and its FBO Riga subsidiary. The facility, which has been approved to EASA Part 145 standards, offers support for Bombardier business jets, including the Learjet 40, 45 and 60, the Challenger 601, 604 and 605, and the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.
George Tsopeis, Zenith Jet’s vice president of aviation services and a former member of Bombardier’s business aircraft strategy and business development team, expects Bombardier to unveil a new ultra-long-range aircraft later this month at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.