Bombardier received Transport Canada certification for its Global 5000 on 12 March, two years after the Canadian manufacturer launched development of the super-large business jet. First deliveries and service entry are scheduled for the second and fourth quarter, respectively. Cessna, meanwhile, clinched US Federal Aviation Administration approval last week for its superlight Citation XLS business jet, less than six months after its launch.

The intercontinental Global 5000 is to receive European Aviation Safety Agency approval in May, says Bombardier, leading to FAA certification this year. The $33.5 million Rolls-Royce BR710-powered aircraft is a derivative of the ultra-long-range Global Express with a shorter fuselage and reduced fuel capacity.

Cessna is to begin customer deliveries in July of the XLS, a faster, longer-range derivative of the Excel, which it replaces. There is an order backlog of around 15 months for the $9.9 million aircraft.


Source: Flight International