Bombardier's flagship Global 7500 is making its Paris air show debut, with the arrival of the ultra-long-range business jet marking the climax of its six-month, eight-country demonstration tour.
The aircraft on the static display is serial number 70006, which is the first customer aircraft. It was handed over to an unnamed customer in December 2018 and Bombardier has been operating the aircraft as a demonstrator under a lease-back arrangement since then.
A second Global 7500 was delivered in March to the late airliner entrepreneur and long-time Bombardier customer Niki Lauda.
Bombardier says it has seen "some good activity" for the 7,700nm (14,260km)-range aircraft at the show and huge demand from visitors to view the $73 million aircraft’s 16.5m (54ft) cabin. Unique features include bespoke, patented Nuage seats, designed with an "ergonomically perfected deep recline position" and aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting system. Called Soleil, the technology integrates with the flight-management system, and introduces a dynamic daylight simulation feature that can help combat jet lag, says Bombardier.
"When it comes to the Global 7500 jet, there is simply no aircraft in the world like it. It has established a category of its own," says Peter Likoray, senior vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
The airframer says it is "on track" to deliver between 15 and 20 aircraft in 2019, while production for 2020 is forecast at between 35 and 40 units.