Bombardier Delivers Global 7500 to Niki Lauda
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the ultra-long-range Global 7500 business jet to its first European customer – Formula One driver and F1 World Champion Niki Lauda.
The company Global 7500 entered service in December with a delivery to Jetcraft and Stonebriar Commercial Finance. Bombardier then leased back the aircraft for demonstration purposes.
Bombardier says it is on track to deliver 15 to 20 Global 7500s this year.
“We are thrilled to deliver our flagship Global 7500 business jet to Niki Lauda, our esteemed customer for many years,” Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal said. “The Global 7500 aircraft is the crown jewel of the industry.”
Lauda previously has owned and operated a Global 6000, Global 5000 and Challenger 300 as his private aircraft.
The company has recently set three city-pair speed records– the latest a transatlantic flight from White Plains, New York, to London Luton, Bombardier says. The aircraft completed the trip in 5 hr., 26 min. During the mission, the aircraft reached a top speed of Mach 0.925, with an average speed of Mach 0.92.
The flight was set days after a demonstrator Global 7500 set a speed record from Los Angeles to New York City. The aircraft completed the coast-to-coast mission in 3 hr., 54 min., the manufacturer says. During the flight, the Global 7500 reached a top speed of Mach 0.925 and sustained that for more than two hr. in flight.
On Mar. 4, a Global 7500 set a speed and distance record, logging 8,152 nm on a mission from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona. It landed with 4,300 lb. of fuel, representing nearly 1.5 hr. of additional flight time.