Bombardier Business Aircraft has surpassed 500 hours of flight testing with its new Global 7000 business jet, the company said Monday.
The 500 flight hours have been accumulated between three Global 7000s based at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita.
The fourth and fifth Global 7000 test aircraft are in final assembly, Bombardier said.
“With more than 500 flight test hours already logged, the program’s development and certification schedule is on track,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice president of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, said in a news release. “Our confidence level is high as we accumulate more flight hours and push towards entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”
The Montreal-based company also announced that assembly of four Global 7000s for customer deliveries is underway.
The $72.8 million jet will be Bombardier’s largest and will have the longest range. It will have maximum seating for 19 passengers and a crew of four and a maximum range of 7,400 nautical miles with eight passengers.
The Global 7000’s Passport jet engines are assembled at GE Aviation’s Arkansas City plant.