Global 7500
The aircraft surpassed its promised range of 7,700 nautical miles. (Photo: Bombardier)

Bombardier Global 7500’s Landmark Flight

Bombardier’s new Global 7500 recently achieved what the manufacturer is billing as the world’s longest flight by a purpose-built business jet. The aircraft logged 8,152 nautical miles after taking off from Singapore at 7:12 a.m. local time on March 4 and landing in Tucson, Arizona, at 8:19 a.m.—setting a speed record for this sector in the process.

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It’s named after the French word for “cloud.”

The aircraft landed with 4,300 pounds of fuel, falling well within the National Business Aviation Association's requirements—with nearly 90 additional minutes of flight time possible.

The Global 7500 entered service on Dec. 20, 2018. Designed for long intercontinental flights, it boasts the industry’s largest business jet cabin and a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. This week’s flight exceeded the aircraft’s advertised range of 7,700 nautical miles.

The aircraft completed type certification with Transport Canada and the FAA in September and November 2018, respectively, and the European Aviation Safety Agency signed off on the model in early February.