Bombardier Global 7500 makes longest flight out of London City Airport
Global 7500 Jet completes first non-stop mission from London City Airport to Los Angeles, CA.
Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft, the world’s largest long-range business jet, made the first ever non-stop flight from London City Airport to Los Angeles, CA.
The aircraft flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY) to Van Nuys, CA, one of the most popular business aviation airports serving the Los Angeles area. The flight was carried out by a flight test vehicle (FTV5) named The Masterpiece, in London City to complete the Global 7500 aircraft’s steep approach certification flight test campaign for Transport Canada.
The Masterpiece was configured with the equivalent weight of a fully fitted interior, including a stateroom and shower, and 2,400 lbs of additional payload, representing about 11 passengers and their baggage. As part of its steep approach certification flight test campaign, the aircraft also performed several takeoffs and landings at London City Airport to demonstrate this operational capability.
Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “The Global 7500 aircraft’s combination of unrivalled performance, exquisite cabin experience and size simply cannot be matched. This demonstration continues to cement the Global 7500 jet as the industry leader, showcasing once again to customers the real-world capabilities of this revolutionary aircraft that can deliver uncompromising value to customers under any conditions, at any time, without the need for tailwinds.”
Gary Hodgetts, Director of Operations at London City Airport added: “Welcoming the Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft to London City Airport for its flight test campaign is a crucial milestone towards certification and subsequent business jet operations at London’s most central airport."
The Global 7500 aircraft is the largest business jet with short-field performance and steep approach capabilities able to operate out of London City Airport and to connect any city in the continental US, Africa or the Middle East. Its long-range performance can go even further travelling eastward, reaching most major cities in Asia.
The latest mission comes just weeks after the aircraft set back-to-back city-pair speed records for the fastest ever business jet flights between New York and London, and between Los Angeles and New York.
Prior to that, the Global 7500 aircraft also completed an unprecedented long-range mission from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, departing as planned during its busy world-tour schedule — without the need to wait at the airfield for days for stronger tailwinds.
The Global 7500 is the winner of the 2019 Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award and a Red Dot award for design and features a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces.
The aircraft offers the recently unveiled Soleil lighting system, designed and developed specifically for the aircraft as aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology, which is fully integrated with the Flight Management System. It also introduces the Dynamic Daylight Simulation feature, which can help combat jet lag. The Global 7500 business jet also offers the patented ‘Nuage’ seat which introduces an all-new, ergonomically-perfected deep recline position – unavailable on any other business aircraft.