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The Bombardier BD-700 Global Express

Country of origin  
Canada

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Powerplants  
Two 66.1kN (14,750lb) BMW RollsRoyce BR-710A-220 turbofans.

Performance  
High speed cruise 935km/h (505kt) or Mach 0.88, normal cruising speed 904km/h (488kt) or Mach 0.85, long range cruising speed 850km/h (459kt) or Mach 0.80. Range with eight passengers, four crew and reserves at long range cruising speed 12,400km (6700nm), at normal cruising speed 12,040km (6500nm). Range with max payload at normal cruising speed 9860km (5325nm), at long range cruise speed 10,160km (5485km).

Weights  
Operating empty 22,135kg (48,800lb), max takeoff 43,091kg (95,000lb), optional 43,544kg (96,000lb).

Dimensions  
Span over winglets 28.50m (93ft 6in), length 30.30m (99ft 5in), height 7.57m (24ft 10in). Wing area 94.9m2 (1022sq ft).

Capacity  
Flightcrew of two plus one or two flight attendants. Typical arrangements seat from eight to 18 passengers. Can be fitted with a galley, crew rest station, work stations, a conference/lounge/dining area, a stateroom with a fold out bed, toilet, shower and wardrobe. High density 30 seat corporate shuttle configuration offered.

Production  
Over 80 firm orders held at late '98. By May 2002, 64 had been delivered to customers.

Type  
Ultra long range, high speed, high capacity corporate jet

History  

The Global Express is one of a new class of ultra long range corporate jets, and competes against the Gulfstream V, Boeing 737 BBJ and Airbus A319CJ (all described separately).

Designed to fly long distances at high speed, the Global Express' range is such that it can fly between any two points on the globe and need only one refuelling stop, while it can fly nonstop between intercontinental destinations such as Sydney/Los Angeles, New York/Tokyo and Taipei/Chicago.

Bombardier's Canadair division announced development of the Global Express in October 1991 at the annual NBAA conference in the USA. Officially launched on December 20 1993, it flew for the first time on October 13 1996, with Canadian certification awarded on July 31 1998 and US certification following in November that year. First customer deliveries are planned for first quarter of 1999.

The Global Express shares the Canadair Regional Jet's fuselage cross section and is similar in length, but despite the size similarities the two aircraft are very different due to the nature of their roles. The Global Express features an advanced all new supercritical wing with a 35° sweep and winglets, plus a new Ttail. The engines are BMW RollsRoyce BR-710s with FADEC. The advanced flightdeck features a six screen Honeywell Primus 2000 XP EFIS suite and is offered with optional heads-up displays.

Three Bombardier divisions are involved with the Global Express - Canadair is the Global Express' design leader and manufactures the nose; Shorts is responsible for the design and manufacture of the engine nacelles, horizontal stabiliser and forward fuselage; and de Havilland at Downsview is responsible for final assembly and builds the rear fuselage and vertical tail. In addition, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries builds the wing and centre fuselage sections in Nagoya.

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