Bombardier recently delivered a Global 7500 to the model’s first European customer — Formula One driver and world champion Niki Lauda, a handover that “thrilled” the Bombardier Business Aircraft President David Coleal.

Lauda has owned and operated a Global 6000, Global 5000 and Challenger 300 as his private aircraft.

The Montreal-based manufacturer says it expects this year to deliver 15-20 of the ultra-long-range aircraft, which Coleal described as “the crown jewel of the industry.”