Developed under a veil of secrecy for Bombardier’s Global 5500/6500 ultra-long-range business jets, Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 15 turbofan has passed the 10,000-cycle milestone in the run-up to entry into service in late 2019. The engine, which achieved EASA certification in February 2018, was unveiled at the EBACE Conference in Geneva in May when it emerged as the powerplant for the reinvigorated Bombardier Global series, the 5500 and Global 6500. The cycles have been accumulated over ...

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