Bombardier President and CEO Alain Bellemare reports that flight testing of the new Bombardier Global 7500 business jet is complete, and Bombardier is on track to get the plane certified and entered into service by the end of the year. The aircraft has logged more than 2,400 hours of flight.

It’s unclear how many of the 7500s will be delivered in 2018, but about 15-20 planes will be delivered in 2019. Bombardier is increasing final assembly of the aircraft, and 20 planes are in various stages on the production line. The first production aircraft arrived in Bombardier’s Montreal facilities last June for completion.

Bombardier says that it is working with its supply base “to ensure every supplier is equipped to support the program’s success.”

“We are having ongoing commercial discussions with our wing supplier, Triumph. As part of these discussions, we aim to support Triumph’s needs, while also sustaining the long-term success of the Global 7500,” said Bombardier.

Full-scale structural testing of the Global 7500 was completed earlier this year, and full-scale fatigue testing is reportedly “executing to plan.”

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