Bombardier Global 6500 (Photo: Bombardier)
The Global 6500, pictured here, was certified along with its Global 5500 sibling, shortly after Transport Canada signed off on the Rolls-Royce Pearl engines powering the new models. (Photo: Bombardier).

Bombardier’s Newest Globals Get Transport Canada OK

Bombardier has obtained Transport Canada certification for the newest members of its Global family, the 5500 and 6500, and anticipates EASA and FAA approvals, along with service entry, to follow shortly, the company announced recently. The initial customer will lease the first 6500 delivery back to Bombardier for use as a demonstrator. Plans call for a handful of deliveries of the ultra-long-range twinjet by the end of the year.

Bombardier Global 5500 and 6500

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These new models combine a time-tested fuselage with features that will help the airframer compete in the traditional large-cabin market.

The Transport Canada nod comes about 16 months after the Montreal-headquartered manufacturer took the wraps off the 5500 and 6500, which build on the Global 5000 and 6000 with a redefined wing, new flight deck, redesigned interior, and new 15,125-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 turbofans that were unveiled during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May 2018 alongside the new Globals. Rolls-Royce announced this week that the Pearl 15s had received Transport Canada approval.

The Global 5500 flies 500 nautical miles farther than its predecessor and is capable of connecting São Paolo and Paris. Its sibling, the Global 6500, has 600 more nautical miles of range and can connect Singapore and London. The new models also have a 13 percent fuel burn improvement and improved hot-and-high performance.