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Bombardier Agrees Suppliers For New Business Jets

by Jason Gorringe,, London

24 October 2011

Bombardier has announced that it has secured seven suppliers to facilitate the creation of the next generation of aircraft in its Global range, the 7000 and 8000, due to enter into service in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The companies - Rockwell Collins, Parker Aerospace, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Liebherr-Aerospace, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Apparatebau Gauting GmbH and Arrowhead Products - will design and manufacture key systems. Bombardier said the selection of seven suppliers represents a significant milestone in the aircrafts' development.

“When developing new aircraft, Bombardier aims to bring together the industry’s top talent to design and manufacture jets that feature advanced technology with the flexibility to incorporate future innovation. We are delighted to welcome this group of high-quality suppliers to join us in developing what will be the industry’s most exciting new business jets since the original Global Express aircraft,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets have experienced tremendous market response, and we are very pleased that the program is moving forward rapidly and on schedule.”

Rockwell Collins has been selected for the avionics system and primary flight control computer; Parker Aerospace, the hydraulics system and fly-by-wire flight control technology; Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, the main and nose landing gear system; Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS), the wheels and braking system; Liebherr-Aerospace, the air management system; Apparatebau Gauting GmbH, the water and waste system; and Arrowhead Products, the ducting system.

“The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft [will be] stellar examples of the best our industry has to offer in every sense,” said Janice Davis, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “We will work closely with this group of leading global suppliers that are aligned with our vision, and [who] share the same passion for performance and flawless execution. Together we will ensure the future success of this great platform.”

Previously announced suppliers to the program include: Aerolia, for the centre fuselage; General Electric Aviation, for the integrated propulsion system; Hamilton Sundstrand, for the electrical system, auxiliary power unit and wing high-lift system; Intertechnique, for the fuel, fuel inerting and oxygen systems; and Triumph Aerostructures for the wing.

The Global 7000 aircraft will feature a spacious four-zone cabin, setting a benchmark for a new category of large business jets. With a volume of 74.7 cubic meters, passengers will benefit from 20% more living space while onboard than the cabin of the Global 6000 aircraft, the current industry leader. The aircraft will have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 and a range of 7,300 nm (13,520 km) at Mach 0.85, enabling a flight with a passenger load of 10 to fly non stop from Sydney to Dubai, London to Singapore or Beijing to Washington. Entry-into-service is scheduled for 2016.

Flying farther than any other business jet, the Global 8000 aircraft will feature a three-zone format, with a 63.3 cubic meter cabin and an impressive range of 7,900 nm (14,631 km) at Mach 0.85. It will connect Sydney-Los Angeles, Hong Kong-New York and Mumbai-New York non-stop with eight passengers. Entry-into-service is scheduled for 2017.

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