IN A surprise announcement on May 27, 2018, Bombardier Business Aircraft unveiled not one, but two new variants of the Global family of business jets, the Global 5500 and 6500.
The announcement was timed to coincide with the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, held in Geneva between May 29 and 31.
Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft are powered by purposedeveloped Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and feature a redesigned wing, which Bombardier says will deliver ranges of 5,700 and 6,600 nautical miles (10,550 and 12,225km) respectively, and with a maximum speed of Mach 0.90.
The company says the Global 5500 will connect city pairs such as São Paulo and Paris, and Moscow and Los Angeles. Similarly, it says the Global 6500 will be capable of connecting Hong Kong or Singapore with London.