Bombardier Launches Global 6500 Into Service

Bombardier launched its Global 6500 into service last week at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas and updated several other programs. The 6500 is the slightly smaller sibling of the Global 7500 that has been in service for about a year. The $56 million USD Global 6500 seats up to 16 passengers and has new Rolls-Royce BR710 Pearl engines that burn about 13 percent less fuel and offer better high and hot performance than engines of comparable size. It also has a new wing and the interior features patented Nuage seats and a premium sound system called l’Opera.

At the other end of the spectrum is the update of the Learjet 75. The new model is named the Liberty and it features a new interior with the Nuage seats and a door between the six-place cabin to cut noise. The Liberty revamp eliminated the APU and lavatory sink to bring the cost below $10 million to compete with the Embraer Phenom 300 and the Textron Citation CJ4.