The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 Technical Standard Orders (TSO) for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system last week. The next step for Fusion is the STC for installation in Rockwell Collins’s Challenger 601 test airplane followed by certification on a Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Bombardier Global Express
More than a month before release of the FY2010/11 financial results by parent company Bombardier, Inc., Bombardier Aerospace released business jet delivery numbers for FY2010/11, and despite an “especially strong” fourth quarter, deliveries for the fiscal year were down, to 143 from 176 in FY2009/10.
Innotech Aviation, the Montreal-based cabin environmental safety specialist, has received EASA approval for its I-Cair cabin air quality system for the Bombardier Global Express and Global Express XRS.
Already approved by the FAA in June this year, I-Cair was developed jointly by Innotech and Montreal-based Air Data using Air Data’s JetAir Bio-Protection technology.
Bombardier achieved a breakthrough sale for its new Global 7000 when Comlux The Aviation Group signed a contract for two of the ultra-long-range jets at last month's Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai. It was the first of two deals signed at the show by Bombardier, which left Dubai with at least $285 million in new business.
Bombardier yesterday achieved a breakthrough sale for its new Global 7000 aircraft when Comlux The Aviation Group signed a contract for two of the ultra-long-range jets. It was the first of two deals signed here yesterday by the Canadian manufacturer, which is set to go home from Dubai with at least $285 million in new business.
Three more, undisclosed, aircraft owners have signed up to have their jets managed by Comlux The Aviation Group, with deliveries due to take place over the next 12 months. In the first quarter of next year, a new Bombardier Global 5000 will join the Switzerland-based company's fleet, followed by a Dassault Falcon 900LX in the second quarter and an Airbus ACJ in the fourth quarter.
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.
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.