Bombardier recently announced that its two latest additions to the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
These new aircraft build on the success of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 700 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage. The new aircraft have purpose-built Rolls Royce Pearl engines and a redesigned wing. The Pearl 15s burn 7% less fuel per pound of thrust than the R-R BR710s, which power the older Global 5000 and 6000. The 16-passenger Global 5500 has a 5,700nm (10,600km) range, allowing it to fly routes such as Sao Paulo-Paris, while the 17-passenger Global 6500’s 6,600nm range allows that model to connect cities like Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai to destinations such as London, Milan or San Francisco. By comparison, the Global 5000 has a 5,200nm range and the 6000 has a 6,000nm range.