Bombardier Global 5500 Sees Range Increase

It has been revealed that the Bombardier Aviation’s Global 5500 will have greater range than originally anticipated.

It was announced Monday at NBAA-BACE 2019 that the newest member of the Global family will fly 200 nm farther to 5,900 nm at a speed of Mach 0.85.

“We are thrilled to offer this extended range to our customers,” said Bombardier Aviation president David Coleal.

“The rigor and innovation behind our Global 5500 aircraft design and test program have allowed us to deliver enhanced performance without compromise. Not only are we standing by our commitment of certifying and bringing to market an exceptional aircraft on time, we are exceeding expectations along the way.” Coleal added

The company does not specify what factors have allowed the revision to 5,900nm, calling the new figure “a byproduct of flight testing [and] configuration”, citing the 5500s new engines and tweaked wing. The aircraft can fly from Europe to the US West Coast.

The 5500’s adjusted range gives it 700 nm more range than its closest competitor, Bombardier said, and the capability of flying nonstop from Western Europe to the U.S. West Coast. The upgraded variant of the Global 5000 includes Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 15 engines, advanced wing design, built-in systems redundancy, and the Nuage chaise, a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining.

The 5500 and its slightly larger cousin, the 6500, were both recently awarded European Union Aviation Safety Agency validation following Transport Canada certification. Bombardier is also opening new line maintenance stations at Teterboro airport near New York City and Van Nuys airport near Los Angeles.