Bombardier says its Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets have received their type certificate from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The certification, announced on October 15 (Canadian time), followed Transport Canada certifying the two aircraft in September.
It also comes ahead of the two aircraft’s appearance at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) being held October 22-24 in Las Vegas.
“This milestone is the latest accomplishment for our latest Global aircraft, which continue to exceed expectations on every level,” Bombardier Aviation senior vice president for program management and engineering Michel Ouellette said in a statement.
“Obtaining Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency Certification marks one of the final chapters in our very successful development program, and this achievement is a direct result of the commitment to excellence of the highly-skilled employees who worked on the program and our solid collaboration with our suppliers.”
VIDEO: A look at the flight deck of the Global 5500 and Global 6500 from the Bombardier YouTube channel.
The Global 5500 and Global 6500 were launched at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva in May 2018. The pair shares the same fuselages as the current Global 5000 and Global 6000 while offering additional range and newer technology.
The Global 5500 has been designed to fly 5,700nm with a top speed of Mach 0.90. This was 500nm more range compared with the Global 5000. Its cabin had the capacity to seat up to 16 people.
Meanwhile, the Global 6500 has a range of 6,600nm with the same Mach 0.90 top speed and a cabin capacity of up to 17 people, according to the Bombardier Business Aircraft website. This was 600nm more than the Global 6000.
Both aircraft were powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines that deliver up to 15,125lb of thrust.
In terms of the cabin layout, the Global 6500 debuted the Nuage chaise, a lounge chair that converted into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table. The product was exclusive to the new Global aircraft range.
VIDEO: A detailed overview of the Nuage chaise from the Bombardier YouTube channel.
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