Germany to buy three Bombardier Global 6000 jets instead of Northrop drones

News provided by The Globe and Mail – link to full story and updates

BERLIN REUTERS JANUARY 28, 2020

People pass a Bombardier Global 6000 jet before the start of the 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport on April 10, 2017.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Germany has scrapped a plan to buy Triton reconnaissance drones from Northrop Grumman and instead decided to buy three Global 6000 jets from Bombardier, a government document showed on Tuesday.

The defense ministry told lawmakers in a confidential letter, obtained by Reuters, that the Triton drones would not be ready for delivery until 2025 as promised and that the estimated costs of some 2.4 billion euros ($2.66 billion) could not be financed.

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

Provided by Bombardier Business Aircraft/Globe Newswire

  • 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.

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

Provided by Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group/CNW

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.

Bombardier Announces Sale of Four Global 6000 Business Jets to Undisclosed Customer

Provided by Bombardier Aerospace

December 27, 2018 – Bombardier Montréal Business Aircraft

  • The Global 6000 aircraft delivers performance, reliability and leading-edge technology
  • With its advanced wing design, the Global 6000 aircraft delivers a smooth ride for exceptional comfort, and boasts the widest cabin in its class

Bombardier is pleased to announce the sale of four Global 6000 business jets to an undisclosed customer. This transaction is valued at $310 million U.S., according to current list prices and including a contract for services.

With its advanced wing design, the Global 6000 aircraft delivers a smooth ride for exceptional comfort, and boasts the widest cabin in its class.