The Bombardier Global 7000 Warming Status
Competition will feel the Heat!
09:00 - July 27, 2017 - Quebec, Canada
The Global 7000 is an amazing piece of flying comfort, luxury and technologies! My first encounter with the full-scale 112 feet long Global 7000 mock-up was at Farnborough during the 2014 airshow, thanks to Bombardier for having me.
Global 7000 fill-scale mock-up - Farnborough International Airshow 2014Photo: Sylvain Faust
Status – Steady As She Goes!
FTV5 is the last of the five Global 7000 aircraft Bombardier is producing to get the aircraft fully ready.
The Lighter wing…. Bombardier managed to make the wing further more efficient than they originally thought! They made it lighter! FTV5 is the first aircraft to feature that final production wing!
Is there a need to certify again, redo the tests done with FTV1, 2 and 3 with that lighter wing on FTV5?
Nope! That lighter version of the Global 7000 wing (final version currently being installed on the production aircraft) is totally reflective of the original. Most of the certification program and flight hours are based on FTV1, 2 and 3.
That said, FTV4 will feature a full interior and their utilization will be flexible. FTV4 would probably be used to show off this new jewel flying around the world, worldwide, I mean… GLOBAL! But before that, FTV5 will be used for final certifications tests and Entry Into Service validation completing all the work done with FTV1, 2 and 3.
Global 7000 Cabin Interior
Global 7000 new interior tests and certifications! This is the task of FTV4!
The Global 7000 interior has been design from scratch, from a clean sheet! FTV4 is the aircraft responsible for its certification. Its interior features many new elements.
I'm hearing that more features have not been announced yet! The interior for FTV4 has already been built and is currently being tested at Bombardier Centre of Excellence located on Boulevard Des Sources, Montreal-Trudeau Airport YUL.
There is some ongoing renovation at the "Bombardier Global Completion Centre" at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, why? Doors needed to be changed to accommodate the Global 7000. Yes, Bigger Doors! Larger Wingspan! The Global 7000 has a wingspan of 39 meters compare to 32 meters for the Global 6000. The Global 7000 length is 34 meters versus 30 meters for the Global 6000.
Only for FTV4, the first interior should be installed at the Bombardier Global facility in Toronto instead of the Montreal Global Completion Centre.
See the cover on the engine on the following picture? That's in preparation for paint. FTV4 is being painted at the moment I'm writing this line.
FTV4 and FTV5, the last two Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle being completed. FTV1, 2 and 3 are already flying and located in Wichita at Bombardier Flight Test Centre facility.
The new Global 7000 production line only features "Production" aircraft! On this picture you can see MSN 70006, 70007 and 70008 where 70006 is the first official "Production" aircraft (P1). 70001 to 70005 are FTV1 to FTV5.
First three Global 7000 from the new production assembly line, Bombardier Dowsview/Toronto facility
According to sources, Bombardier will be officially revealing more about the Global 7000 during the October NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. FTV1, 2 and 3 has over 500 flight test hours completed. I'm having difficulty to get anything bad going around the program, the schedule is good so far for the 2018 entry-into-service.
Currently it is believed that the Global 7000 has in excess of 200 orders.
Who will be the First Customer to take delivery of its brand new Global 7000? Anyone?
The Global 7000 is being certified at the Bombardier Flight Test Centre (BFTC) in Wichita where Bombardier also tests of new developments and modifications to the CSeries and where the Bombardier LearJet factory is located.
Apropos, I'm really looking for the release of a new winglet for the CSeries, some 2% more fuel saving I've heard, a package in excess of 5% fuel saving improvement on the existing CSeries currently being delivered it seems.
CSeries winglet currently in use
Remember what Rob Dewar vice-president CSeries at Bombardier said here? It's coming!
That upgrade package is still being planned, says Dewar , "and Bombardier needs to complete a 'mini-conceptual design phase' with suppliers before committing to the exact gains it will deliver. The improvements will come "roughly half/half between the engine and the airframe – a little bit more on the aircraft side", he says.
"It's kinda normal things – aero clean-up, bigger winglets and some other performance improvements that we don't want to share. The 'objective' is for most or all the package to be retrofitable," adds Dewar. "It will be a big percentage."