Bombardier confirms delivery of 15 Global 7500s this year

Bombardier says it still plans to release 15-20 Global 7500s this year, despite the fact that so far only three such business jets have been transferred to customers.

Three more examples of the ultra-long-range twin will be shipped in the third quarter, said Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare, speaking on a 1 August half-year results call, with the remainder to follow in the final three months of 2019.

“We have 16 aircraft right now that are in our completion centre here in Montreal, and it’s really progressing well. Actually completion is progressing little bit better than planned, so our level of confidence is good,” he says.

Bellemare says that as a brand-new aircraft – having entered service in late 2018 – there was always going to be some uncertainty around the Global 7500’s delivery profile, but adds that overall “we’re making very good, solid progress”.

Bellemare says that 2019 deliveries are “backend loaded”, to allow a smooth service entry for the new jet, ensure its performance and minimise “the risk for potential retrofit”.

Bellemare praises the jet’s “tremendous capabilities”, noting that it continues to set records “in terms of range, in terms of speed”.

As production continues to ramp up, deliveries should rise to 35-40 Global 7500s in 2020, he adds.

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