A production Bombardier Global 7500 that serves as a demonstrator aircraft set a speed record from Los Angeles to New York City over the weekend, besting the previous record set on this route by a Gulfstream G650 operated by a German pilot on Nov. 29, 2014. The Global 7500—registered as C-FXAI and piloted by Bombardier pilots Kerry Swanson and Andrew Sibenaler—left Van Nuys Airport on Sunday at 7:01 a.m. local time and landed at Teterboro Airport at 1:55 p.m. local time, completing the coast-to-coast mission in 3 hours and 54 minutes.
During the flight, the aircraft reached a top speed of Mach 0.925—the 7500’s Mmo—and sustained that for more than two hours in level flight, “demonstrating exceptional speed capabilities,” according to Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal. “This latest speed record demonstrates once again that the Global 7500 jet is the undisputed leader in business aviation.”
The record, which is pending certification by the National Aeronautic Association, comes on the heels of a speed and distance record set earlier this month by a Global 7500. The aircraft logged 8,152 nm after taking off from Singapore at 7:12 a.m. local time on March 4 and landing in Tucson, Arizona, at 8:19 a.m. The aircraft landed with 4,300 pounds of fuel, falling well within NBAA requirements with nearly 90 additional minutes of flight time possible.