A full-size mockup of Bombardier’s ultra-long-range Global 7000 is on a world tour as the aircraft nears certification. Following three weeks in Dubai, the Global 7000 mockup made its first Asia stop in Singapore, from March 1 until this Friday. From there it will travel to Shanghai for ABACE 2018. After that show, the mockup will be shipped to Olbia, Italy, which is known for its yachting and business jet culture.
During the Singapore visit, the mockup has been parked strategically at the Marina at Keppel Bay, home to Singapore’s leisure yachts and luxury waterfront homes. Singapore is one of the most important markets for Bombardier, said representatives at the display, and the Marina is a "natural habitat’’ for the Global 7000, where potential aircraft customers usually share a similar passion for yachts.
Thus far, the mockup has attracted more than 150 visitors in Singapore, including potential and current operators, pilots, and industry leaders. Bombardier also said it signed some customers as a result of the tour.
The Canadian aircraft manufacturer plans to certify and deliver the first Global 7000 in the second half of this year, with racing legend and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda as the launch customer. The Global 7000 backlog currently stands at more than 100 aircraft, and the next avialable position is in 2021.