Category: Bombardier Aerospace

Fleet of four modified Bombardier Global business jets reaches 100,000-flight-hour milestone in service with U.S. Air Force

Press Release from Bombardier Inc.

September 18, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft,  Press Release

  • Specially configured Global aircraft are the backbone of the U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program
  • All four aircraft were developed and modified by the Bombardier Specialized Aircraft team in Wichita, Kansas
  • Bombardier Global business jets, with their long range, wide cabins and outstanding reliability, are the ideal vehicle for elite special missions
  • Bombardier develops and delivers a range of capabilities to operators around the world for missions including surveillance, medical evacuations and VIP transport

Bombardier’s Global aircraft platform, renowned in the business aviation industry for range, spaciousness and a smooth ride, has achieved a significant in-service milestone with the U.S. Air Force in special-mission configuration.

A fleet of four modified Global aircraft has collectively flown an impressive 100,000 hours since entering service. These aircraft are an integral part of the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, an airborne communications relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems.

Over the course of their mission, BACN aircraft have regularly flown over 18 hours a day for months at a time, demonstrating the excellent dispatch reliability of the Global platform.

 “We are extremely proud of the outstanding reliability and performance of the Global aircraft platform as part of this elite assignment,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft. “This 100,000-flight-hour milestone is a testament to the aircrafts’ performance and endurance, clearly demonstrating that the Global platform excels in demanding situations.”

Starting with one Global Express aircraft in 2007, the BACN fleet today also includes two Global Express XRS variants and one Global 6000 aircraft. The four jets are known in the Air Force as the E-11A.

Bombardier’s Specialized Aircraft team, based in Wichita, Kansas, carried out the modifications of all four jets, and the team continues to provide in-service support and upgrades to the aircraft.

Bombardier has a varied portfolio of business jets that can be readily modified for special missions, and its signature smooth ride can minimize crew fatigue and extend the life of mission equipment. Global aircraft are ideal for critical government missions because of their speed, agility, endurance and low operating costs compared to other aircraft in their class.

The Global 6000 aircraft, with an outstanding range of 6,000 nautical miles*, is recognized for its ability to fly intercontinental ranges without refueling stops, and also for its excellent dispatch reliability. The aircraft also has the most available electrical power in its category for peace of mind on long missions, while the Bombardier Vision flight deck offers a head-up display with enhanced and synthetic vision. 

Bombardier Delivers First of Three Global 6000 Business Jets to Join Luftwaffe Fleet

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  • Long-range Global 6000 aircraft to fulfill German diplomatic and parliamentary transport requirements
  • Delivering best-in-class reliability, leading-edge technology and Bombardier’s signature smooth ride, Global 6000 aircraft are ideal for government missions
    and VIP transport
  • Bombardier to deliver two more Global 6000 aircraft for German government use in 2019

MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier has proudly delivered the first of three Global 6000 business jets destined for use by the Luftwaffe, Germany’s air force.

The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000 business jets to fulfill political and parliamentary transport requirements.

“Bombardier is incredibly pleased that the Luftwaffe will add the Global 6000 aircraft to its fleet,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Our Specialized Aircraft team has built longstanding relationships with governments around the world who trust in the safety and performance of our products.”

Bombardier’s Specialized Aircraft division delivers custom solutions to operators, with a diverse portfolio of aircraft that can fly the most demanding and critical missions in various configurations. Bombardier Global aircraft are especially attractive because of their excellent dispatch reliability, speed, agility, endurance and optimized operating costs.

Powered by Rolls-Royce BR710 engines, developed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Dahlewitz, Germany, the Global 6000 aircraft has enough range for non-stop flights between continents, which is ideal for political and parliamentary transport requirements. The Global 6000 aircraft also delivers a smooth ride that reduces the fatigue of frequent travel for both passengers and crew, while its advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck features a head-up display with both Enhanced and Synthetic Vision for a better pilot experience.

The delivery of the Global 6000 aircraft deepens Bombardier’s substantial ties to Germany, where it is the leading provider of business jets. Bombardier Transportation, a global rail industry leader, is headquartered in Berlin.

Bombardier Business Aircraft USA Maintenance and Operations Conference 2019 Highlights New Products, Miami Service Centre Progress

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  • Comprehensive gathering highlighted Bombardier’s enhanced global customer support presence and customer service transformation
  • Helpful how-to sessions outlined new products/services, as well as service support updates for Bombardier’s flagship Global 7500 aircraft
  • M&O USA Conference an essential part of informative customer event lineup planned for 2019

MONTREAL, Aug. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce that the 2019 Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 27-29 was a resounding success, offering Bombardier customers and operators from around the world a unique opportunity to learn about Bombardier’s latest in-service activities, world-class products and key program development updates – including the development of the new state-of-the-art Miami Service Centre in Miami-Dade County.

This year’s event brought together more than 125 customers/operators for two days of detailed educational sessions, including updates on key programs such as Global 7500 aircraft. Attendees also benefited from the platform-specific technical and operational discussions to gain and share insight with Bombardier and the operator community. M&O USA is just one of several high-profile customer events planned in 2019, aimed at enhancing customers’ knowledge of in-service activities, world-class products and program development updates.

“At Bombardier, we are always seeking ways to ensure customers receive an exceptional experience at all levels of the customer service journey,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager of Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “In-depth customer-driven events such as these offer an essential channel to share important information about our products and services. They are invaluable in helping us provide the best service experience possible.”

Bombardier has a strong customer service footprint in the U.S., including the introduction of a brand new Super Service Centre in Miami-Dade, Florida. The new 300,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport will feature expanded maintenance capabilities and be fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications, avionics installations and Aircraft On Ground Support (AOG) for all of Bombardier’s family of business jets including LearjetChallenger and Global aircraft.

Along with a major expansion of the service centre expansion at the Seletar Aerospace Centre in Singapore, the addition of new Line Maintenance Stations in Dubai and Biggin Hill, Mobile Truck Response Team (MRT) enhancements in the U.S. and Europe and the addition of a dedicated Challenger 300 MRT aircraft, such expansive initiatives underscore Bombardier’s ongoing, transformational commitment to providing the most comprehensive onsite, mobile and aircraft-on-ground resolution services in the industry.

Innotech Aviation Receives US FAA Supplemental Type Certification for Jetwave KA-Band Connectivity Installs

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MONTREAL, Aug. 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group (“IEAG”) announced today that it has received full US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Honeywell JetWaveTM connectivity solution on US FAA registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global aircraft – specifically the Bombardier Global Express, Global XRS and Global 6000 variants.

The US FAA approval provided to Innotech Aviation now supplements existing Transport Canada STC approval of both the system and radome installations on Bombardier Global aircraft and further extends to allow for radome installations on the BD-700-1A11 Global  5000 aircraft platform as well. Follow-on EASA approvals of the installations are expected in the coming months.

JetWave is Honeywell’s cabin communications system offered in partnership with Inmarsat, utilizing the Ka-band Global aircraft satellite network. The Honeywell JetWave is a next generation system offering high speed bandwidth and airborne connectivity via JetConneX. JetWave provides an aircraft solution which most closely matches the on-ground-in-the-office user experience expected by clients – together with the ability to further support the growth of connectivity demands well into the future.

As part the Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group, Innotech has long been known for being a premier provider of aircraft maintenance, inspection, installation and refurbishment services from its facilities located in Montreal. “We are excited about this important milestone which builds on  our proud tradition of supporting aircraft owners and operators looking for airborne connectivity solutions for their Global business jets,” said Frank Ercolanese, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group“We look forward to fully leveraging our 40+ year Channel partner relationship with Honeywell together with our extensive maintenance, installation and refurbishment expertise to the benefit of our clients,” he added.

L.J. Aviation Grows Fleet with Addition of Two Industry-leading Bombardier Challenger 350 Business Jets

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  • Two new Challenger 350 business jets recently added to L.J. Aviation’s existing fleet of more than 40 aircraft under management
  • The Challenger 300 aircraft series continues to outperform the competition as the fastest business jet in history to reach 300 deliveries in the medium and large categories and as the best-equipped aircraft in its class
  • With the widest and quietest cabin, smoothest ride and lowest operating costs in its category, the Challenger 350 aircraft delivers an unrivalled experience

MONTREAL, Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce that L.J. Aviation, a world-class aircraft flight management and charter aircraft company, has expanded its fleet with its latest addition of two industry-leading Challenger 350 aircraft. The high-performing Challenger 350 business jets join the company’s existing fleet of 40 aircraft and are available for charter in the Mid-Atlantic States.

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“We are thrilled to receive our Challenger 350 aircraft,” said Ed Kilkeary Jr., President, L.J. Aviation. “It delivers everything we want in a business jet: outstanding performance, a comfortable and productive environment, and advantageous operating costs. The Challenger 350 aircraft is a sound investment that will make the most of our passengers’ time.”

Extending its offering with two new industry-leading Challenger 350 business jets, L.J. Aviation currently manages and operates five Challenger 300 series business jets, one Challenger 604 aircraft and a Global 5000 aircraft.  

In the last decade, the Challenger 300 aircraft series has accounted for more deliveries than any other business jet platform in the industry. The Challenger 350 aircraft builds upon this remarkable legacy of leadership and continues to take centre stage in the super mid-size segment.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with L.J. Aviation, and we are extremely pleased that they have added two Challenger 350 aircraft to their fleet,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This business jet is world-renowned as the leader in the super mid-size segment, and with good reason. A stunning cabin, smooth ride and exceptional value proposition all make the Challenger 350 aircraft an ideal choice for customers.”

With a true full seats, full fuel, 3,200 nautical mile range, the Challenger 350 aircraft is an efficient and reliable business tool with proven performance. Delivering comfort without compromise, the Challenger 350 jet was recently recognized by Robb Report Magazine as the Best of the Best super mid-size aircraft for the second consecutive year.

Airbus opens second A220 line as assemblies start at Mobile

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05 August, 2019 by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston, FlightGlobal.com

Airbus has started assembling A220s at its Alabama facility, a milestone coming nearly two years after the European airframer announced its intention to open a US A220 manufacturing site.

The company has “officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the US”, with work commencing on an A220-300 that Airbus intends to deliver to Delta Air Lines in the third quarter of next year.

Airbus describes the start of US A220 production as evidence of its position as a top US manufacturer and of its increasingly global manufacturing footprint.

“With Mobile, and our production network in Asia, Canada and Europe, we have strategically created a worldwide industrial base to better serve our customers,” says Airbus Americas chief executive Jeffrey Knittel.

A220 workers in Mobile recently completed training in Mirabel, Canada – home of the original A220 production line, Airbus says.

Earlier this year Airbus began constructing the A220 assembly hangar and other related facilities in Mobile, though the company is using some existing A320 buildings to assemble “the first few” A220s, it says.

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Airbus’s production facility in Mobile, where the company makes A320s and A220s
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The first large A220 components, including the cockpit and a fuselage section, arrived at the Mobile site in June.

The start of US A220 production comes despite initial scepticism that Airbus would make good on its US A220 plans.

Airbus announced its intention to open the Mobile A220 site as part of its October 2017 proposed acquisition of the programme, then called CSeries, from Bombardier.

The acquisition came amid threats the USA would impose significant tariffs on CSeries imports – retaliation for Bombardier receiving billions of dollars in government financial support.

Those tariffs threatened Bombardier’s already-announced sale of at least 75 A220s to Delta.

Airbus’s plan to assemble A220s at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it already assembles A320 family aircraft, appeared a means to bypass tariffs.

But Bombardier won the trade dispute, eliminating the threat of tariffs. And Airbus, after closing the acquisition last year, still moved forward with its Mobile plan.

Bombardier reiterates Global 7500 delivery target

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05 August, 2019, FlightGlobal.com, by Dominic Perry, London

Bombardier says it still plans to deliver 15-20 Global 7500s this year, despite having so far handed over only three of the GE Aviation Passport-powered business jets.

Three more examples of the ultra-long-range twin will be shipped in the third quarter, said Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare, speaking on a 1 August half-year results call, with the remainder to follow in the final three months of 2019.

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“We have 16 aircraft right now that are in our completion centre here in Montreal, and it’s really progressing well. Actually completion is progressing little bit better than planned, so our level of confidence is good,” he says.

Bellemare says that as a brand-new aircraft – having entered service in late 2018 – there was always going to be some uncertainty around the Global 7500’s delivery profile, but adds that overall “we’re making very good, solid progress”.

Bellemare says that 2019 deliveries are “backend loaded”, to allow a smooth service entry for the new jet, ensure its performance and minimise “the risk for potential retrofit”.

Bellemare praises the jet’s “tremendous capabilities”, noting that it continues to set records “in terms of range, in terms of speed”.

As production continues to ramp up, deliveries should rise to 35-40 Global 7500s in 2020, he adds.

Overall business jet deliveries stood at 35 in the quarter, a one-unit increase over the same period a year earlier, and included two light jets, 17 midsize jets and 16 large jets.

“Our [business aviation] financial performance was right on plan for the second quarter and is tracking to our full-year guidance,” Bellemare says.

Certification and delivery of the re-engiend Global 5500 and 6500 – both powered by new Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines – are still “on track” for later this year.

Bellemare points out that Bombardier is continuing to “enhance” its product portfolio, pointing to the recent launch of the Learjet 75 Liberty, a lower-price, six-passenger version of the superlight jet.

Bombardier Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results, Revises 2019 Guidance

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  • Consolidated revenues of $4.3B, representing 9% organic growth, driven mainly by higher aircraft deliveries and aftermarket growth
  • Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT of $312M and $206M respectively; reported EBIT of $371M, largely driven by gain on the sale of the Q Series program
  • Free cash flow usage of $429M during the quarter and $1.5B year-to-date, in line with target for the first half of 2019, supporting Global 7500 ramp-up and progress on Transportation legacy projects
  • Full year guidance(3) updated to reflect new Aviation reporting segment, largely in line with previous guidance for aerospace segments
  • Announcing $250-$300M of additional investments and costs in 2019 to address late-stage, legacy projects and ensure transformation at Transportation remains on track
  • Consolidated adjusted EBIT for 2019 now expected to be $700-$800M, reflecting reduction of full-year Transportation adjusted EBIT margin to ~ 5.0%
  • Consolidated free cash flow usage for 2019 now expected to be approximately $500M, reflecting the additional investments, costs and timing of project delivery milestones at Transportation

All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Amounts in tables are in millions except per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated.

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its second quarter 2019 results and provided updated guidance to reflect both the consolidation of the Company’s aerospace assets into a single reporting segment, Bombardier Aviation, and the additional investments and costs needed to complete late-stage, legacy projects and the transformation at Transportation by the end of 2020.

Organic revenue growth in the second quarter was strong at 9% year-over-year, driven mainly by increased aircraft deliveries, solid aftermarket performance fueled by past investments to expand Business Aircraft’s service network and capabilities, as well as progress across the rail portfolio. In the second quarter, Bombardier also completed the sale of the Q Series aircraft program and announced the sale of the CRJ program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The quarter also marked the one-year anniversary of Bombardier’s partnership with Airbus, which has added close to 300 new orders and commitments to the backlog during this time period.

“We are very happy with our continued momentum in aerospace, where our transformation is progressing ahead of plan,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We have successfully addressed our underperforming commercial aircraft programs and are now fully focused on business aviation, where the ramp-up of Bombardier’s largest growth program, the Global 7500, is proceeding as planned, as are our aftermarket growth strategy and our product portfolio enhancements.”

In 2019, Bombardier will make additional investments and incur additional costs at Transportation, totaling $250 million to $300 million, to both complete the late-stage, legacy projects and protect the delivery schedule for other projects. The investments include adding manufacturing and engineering capacity.

“At Transportation, we have made significant progress and remain on track to complete the transformation by 2020,” Bellemare continued. “As we simultaneously address our legacy projects, complete Transportation’s reshaping to leverage its global scale, and ramp-up to deliver on our strong backlog, we are making the necessary investments to ensure we have the right resources and capacity to deliver stronger, sustainable financial performance in the years ahead.”

Second Quarter 2019 Results

Bombardier’s revenues for the quarter were $4.3 billion. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT for the quarter were $312 million and $206 million respectively, mainly driven by a 7.0% adjusted EBIT margin at Business Aircraft while Transportation recorded a 5.1% adjusted EBIT margin. Transportation’s lower margin reflects additional cost pressure mainly on its large, complex legacy projects. On a reported basis, EBIT of $371 million is largely driven by the gain of $219 million on the sale of the Q Series program.

Free cash flow usage was $429 million for the quarter and $1.5 billion year to date, in line with the Company’s expectations for the first half of 2019. Free cash flow performance was solid across aerospace segments, offsetting a softer performance at Transportation. Bombardier also maintained a healthy liquidity position, closing the quarter with $3 billion of cash on hand.

Guidance Update

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Starting in the third quarter of 2019, Bombardier’s three existing aerospace units will be consolidated into a single Bombardier Aviation business segment. As a result of this change, and to reflect the additional investments, costs and the timing of project delivery milestones at Transportation, the Company is updating its 2019 guidance as follows.

  • Revenues increased by 6% year-over-year to $1.4 billion on 35 deliveries, including 2 Global 7500 aircraft.
  • Aftermarket revenues grew 3.6% year-over-year or 11% on a year-to-date basis and reflect the disposal of the aircraft training services earlier in the year. Supporting the aftermarket growth strategy, a new Dubai line maintenance station was announced during the quarter to enhance service capabilities in the Middle East.
  • Backlog increased by $0.4 billion in the quarter and $1.0 billion year-to-date, reaching an industry-leading $15.3 billion and reflecting broad market interest across all regions.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was stable year-over-year at $146 million, even as production ramps up on the Global 7500. The adjusted EBIT margin of 7.0% during the quarter is lower against the same quarter last year, mainly as a result of higher amortization associated with Global 7500 deliveries. EBIT margin for the quarter was 6.1%.
  • As the Global 7500 ramp-up progresses on plan and with all 2019 deliveries now in completion stages, the aircraft continues to demonstrate unmatched short runway performance by completing the first ever non-stop flight from London City Airport to Los Angeles.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, Bombardier unveiled the Learjet 75 Liberty. With improved economics, $9.9 million list price and operating cost comparable with its competitors’, the new member of this iconic brand is a step up for Light jet operators, while delivering better performance.

Commercial Aircraft

  • On May 31, 2019, the Corporation completed the previously announced sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets, including aftermarket operations and assets, to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (formerly Longview Aircraft Company of Canada Limited), a wholly owned subsidiary of Longview Aviation Capital Corp., for gross proceeds of $298 million.
  • During the quarter, the Corporation entered into a definitive agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) for the sale of its regional jet program for a cash consideration of $550 million payable upon closing, and the assumption by MHI of liabilities related to credit and residual value guarantees and lease subsidies amounting to approximately $200 million. The CRJ production facility in Mirabel, Québec will remain with Bombardier and will continue to supply components and spare parts and will assemble the current CRJ backlog on behalf of MHI, CRJproduction is expected to conclude in the second half of 2020. The transaction is currently expected to close during the first half of 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
  • Revenues reached $516 million during the quarter on increased deliveries, including 6 Q400 deliveries prior to completion of the Q Series aircraft program sale and 11 CRJ. Year-over-year revenues decrease is due to C Series deliveries included in the comparable for the first half of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBIT of $12 million includes $21 million contribution from commercial aircraft programs, offset by $9 million share of net loss in ACLP. EBIT for the quarter of $226 million is largely driven by the $219 million gain on the sale of the Q Series aircraft program to Longview.

Aerostructures and Engineering Services

  • Revenues at Aerostructures and Engineering Services grew 24% year-over-year to $565 million as a result of the ramp up of the Global 7500and A220 programs.
  • Adjusted EBIT margin for the quarter of 6.5% reflects the ongoing ramp-up of the Global 7500 and A220. EBIT margin for the quarter was 4.4%.
  • The Corporation continues to pursue the divestiture of its Belfast and Morocco aerostructures businesses as it focuses its aerostructures activities around the core capabilities in Montréal, Mexico and the newly acquired Global 7500 wing operations in Texas.

Transportation

  • Revenues during the quarter totalled $2.2 billion, delivering 2% growth year-over-year, excluding the unfavourable currency impacts. Revenues year-to-date are in line with the revised production schedule announced earlier in the year and consistent with full year guidance of $8.75 billion.(3)
  • Adjusted EBIT margin for the second quarter of 5.1% was below expectations, reflecting additional cost pressure on large, late-stage projects, mainly in the U.K., Germany and Switzerland. EBIT margin for the quarter was 4.0%.
  • Full-year adjusted EBIT margin guidance is now approximately 5%, mainly as the Corporation makes additional investments and incurs additional costs, totalling $250 million to $300 million, to both complete the legacy projects and to protect the delivery schedule for other projects. These investments include adding engineering and production capacity.(3)
  • Transportation’s backlog of $33.6 billion reflects book-to-bill of 0.9 during the quarter. The positive market outlook for the rail industry remains unchanged. 

Bombardier’s Multi-Award-Winning Global 7500 Jet Reaches New Heights in the Heart of the Swiss Alps

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July 15, 2019 Montréal Business Aircraft

Global 7500 aircraft landing in Gstaad Saanen airport. Image courtesy of Matthias Geiger
  • Global 7500 aircraft is the most spacious purpose-built business jet to operate out of Gstaad’s Saanen airport in Switzerland, where it was on display earlier this month before flying to Dubai, performing another exceptional long-range mission
  • Mission highlights the Global family’s advanced wing design, which enables them to access challenging airfields with short runways in hot temperatures and/or high altitude locations, giving passengers direct access to the heart of the Swiss Alps all year round 
  • The Aviation Week Grand Laureate Global 7500aircraft, also recently recognized as Business Jet of the Year in Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2019, offers Bombardier’s signature smooth ride and a spaciousness that is unique among business jets
  • Bombardier’s Challenger 350 aircraft, also recognized as the Best of the Best Super Mid-size Aircraft by Robb Report, joined the Global 7500 jet on display in Gstaad and achieved a speed record, reaching Malaga in 2 hours and 4 minutes
Global 7500 aircraft in Gstaad. Image courtsey of Matthias Geiger

Bombardier announced that its Global 7500 aircraft is the largest, most spacious, purpose-built business jet to operate out of Gstaad’s Saanen airport in Switzerland – one of the most notable airfields located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, requiring short-field performance – showcasing its true four-zone cabin during an event earlier this month before continuing its journey to the Middle-East and reaching Dubai directly from Gstaad Saanen airport.

“This demonstration strengthens the Global 7500 jet as a jet that simply has no peer in terms of combining size and real-world capabilities,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Not only can it access demanding airfields in hot and/or high locations, it also delivers uncompromising value to customers under any conditions, at any time, without the need for tailwinds and a signature smooth ride through exceptional wing flexibility.”

The Global 7500 aircraft’s advanced wing technology generates unprecedented amounts of extra lift on takeoff and approach due to its sophisticated slats and flap system. It also maximizes aerodynamic efficiency and increases performance all the while improving safety and offering a smoother ride. The Global 7500 jet’s no compromise design makes it the largest business jet with the short-field performance and steep approach capabilities allowing it to operate out of demanding airfields such as Gstaad’s Saanen airport or London City Airport, connecting passengers to key regions in Europe and the Middle East non-stop*.

Beyond being recently recognized as Business Jet of the Year in Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2019 and Grand Laureate winner of the 62nd Annual Laureate Awards in the Business Aviation category, the Global 7500 jet offers Bombardier’s signature smooth ride and a spaciousness that is unique among business jets. The aircraft offers the most innovative features such as the recently unveiled Soleil lighting system, the industry’s most advanced cabin lighting technology. Designed and developed exclusively for the Global 7500 aircraft, the innovative Soleil lighting system is aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology, and it introduces the revolutionary Dynamic Daylight Simulation feature, which can help combat jet lag. The Global 7500 business jet also offers the patented Nuage seat, meticulously designed for maximum comfort, which introduces an all-new, ergonomically-perfected deep recline position – unavailable on any other business aircraft.

Also showcased in Gstaad, was the best-selling super-midsize market leader, Challenger 350 aircraft jet, which offers customers unrivaled cabin comfort along with Bombardier’s signature smooth ride. Continuously improving the segment-defining aircraft, Bombardier recently announced a series of enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft, further underscoring its leadership position in the super mid-size segment. These new enhancements include available compact Head-up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS), class-leading cabin-sound-proofing technology, and improved cockpit aesthetics. A performance improvement package also allows the aircraft to fly up to 1,500 NM farther out of short runways, complementing its steep approach certifications awarded by international regulatory bodies including EASA, FAA and TC. To further demonstrate its performance capabilities, the Challenger 350 set a world speed record in its class, flying from Gstaad’s Saanen airport to Malaga in Spain in 2 hours 4 minutes at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82. This achievement is another example of the impressive speed, climb and field performance capabilities of the super midsize Challenger 350 aircraft, recognized as the world’s most delivered business jet of the last decade.

Bombardier’s Award-winning Challenger 350 Aircraft Reaches 300 Deliveries Faster than Any Other Medium or Large Jet in History

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  • With its stunning and sophisticated interior cabin, smooth ride and the lowest operating costs in its category, the Challenger 350aircraft delivers an unrivalled private jet experience
  • Outpacing all other business jet competitors in 2018, Bombardier delivered 60 Challenger 350 aircraft last year, capturing 58 per cent of the super mid-size segment
  • The segment-defining Challenger 350 aircraft is also saluted as the 2019 Best of the Best super mid-size aircraft by Robb Report

MONTREAL, July 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is proud to announce that its industry-leading Challenger 350 aircraft is the fastest business jet in history to reach 300 deliveries in the medium and large categories, achieving yet another significant milestone that further reinforces its leadership status. This landmark comes as the Challenger 350 jet was recently recognized by Robb Report Magazine as the Best of the Best super mid-size aircraft for the second consecutive year. Since 1988, Robb Report’s Best of the Best awards spotlight products, services and destinations at the very pinnacle of their industries, defining the benchmark of quality. Not only have Bombardier business jets been recognized as trendsetters in the industry for over a decade, its Challenger 300 series received the honour seven times, making it one of the most distinguished business jet in its class.

“The delivery of the 300th Challenger 350 business jet in only five years after its entry-into-service represents another exciting milestone for Bombardier, and underscores the trust our customers place in this industry-leading aircraft,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are equally delighted that the Challenger 350 aircraft has been honored as Best of the Best by Robb Report. This prestigious recognition speaks to the worldwide acknowledgement that there is simply no aircraft like the Challenger 350 jet in its segment.”

The ultimate in design, performance and luxury, the Challenger 350 jet offers customers an unbeatable and outstanding value proposition with unmatched reliability and economics, unrivaled cabin comfort along with Bombardier’s signature smooth ride.

Making a great aircraft even better, Bombardier recently announced an update on a series of enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft, further underscoring its leadership position in the super mid-size segment. New enhancements to the aircraft include available compact Head-up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS), state-of-the-art cabin sound-proofing technology, and refined cockpit aesthetics. A performance improvement package also allows the aircraft to fly up to 1,500 NM farther out of short runways, complementing its steep approach certifications awarded by international regulatory bodies including EASA, FAA and TC.

Challenger aircraft are assembled at Bombardier Aviation’s multifaceted facility in Montreal, Quebec. Thanks to a highly skilled local workforce, the site comprises of end-to-end assembly, completion, pre-flight and delivery activities for the Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 programs. In the last decade, the Challenger 300 series aircraft accounted for more deliveries than any other business jet platform in the industry. The Challenger 350aircraft builds upon this remarkable legacy of leadership and continues to set the standard in the super mid-size segment.

Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft

As the only super mid-size aircraft that can fly full range at full fuel with full seat capacity, the Challenger 350 aircraft offers the luxury of having it all. With its signature smooth ride, exceptional cabin and the lowest operating costs in its class, the best-selling business aircraft of the last decade is in high demand on the charter market. The stylish and spacious cabin on the Challenger 350 business jet accommodates up to 10 passengers, features a fully-equipped galley, and unrestricted access to the baggage compartment at all flight levels, while recently enhanced sound-proofing technology further establishes the cabin as the quietest in its class.

The Challenger 350 jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats full, tanks full range capability and can connect New York City to London.*