Bombardier has announced that their Global 7500 aircraft, the world’s largest business jet, has flown to Los Angeles from London City Airport in the first ever non-stop flight of its kind.
A flight test vehicle (FTV5) dubbed “The Masterpiece” carried out the flight to complete the Global 7500 aircraft’s steep approach certification flight test campaign for Transport Canada.
“Welcoming the Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft to London City Airport for its flight test campaign is a crucial milestone towards certification and subsequent business jet operations at London’s most central airport,” said Gary Hodgetts, Director of Operations at London City Airport.
“The flight completed by the Global 7500 FTV on May 10th is the longest flight ever out of London City and simply demonstrates the exceptional performance of the aircraft.”
The aircraft also performed several take-offs and landings at London City Airport, one of the most notable airports requiring steep approach capabilities, to demonstrate its operational capability.
The flight comes weeks after the aircraft set back-to-back city-pair speed records for the fastest ever business jet flights between New York and London, and also between Los Angeles and New York.
The Global 7500 aircraft previously completed the first long-range journey from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, forming part of its world-tour schedule.