Bombardier flagship business jet completes its first test flight

By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s BBDb.TO Global 7000 completed its first test flight over Toronto on Friday, the company said, a milestone for the long-range business jet considered critical to the growth of its corporate plane division.

The test aircraft took off from a Bombardier facility in Canada’s largest city on Friday morning and flew for about 2 hours and 27 minutes, the company said in a statement.

“The systems and aircraft performed as expected,” it said.

Because of previous delays, some investors and analysts had been skeptical that the first flight would take place in 2016, suggesting instead that it would fly in 2017. Bombardier had said the Global 7000 would fly in 2016.

Reuters reported last month that the Global 7000 was scheduled to make its first flight in November.

The new jet is scheduled to enter service during the second half of 2018 after being delayed for two years. Competitors in the …