Bombardier’s fourth Global 7000 business jet arrived at the company’s Wichita flight test center over the weekend.
Flight test vehicle, or FTV, 4 arrived at 12:37 p.m. on Saturday at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport after a three-hour-and 17-minute flight. It was a 1,574-mile-long flight, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.
The newest Global 7000 test jet is known internally as “the Architect,” according to Bombardier.
The aircraft is the first in the test fleet to feature a paint job and a finished interior. It will be used to test the aircraft’s interior furnishings and fittings as well as other systems, such as Internet connectivity.
It joins three other Global 7000s in the test fleet at the Bombardier Flight Test Center on the west side of Eisenhower Airport.
The $72.8 million jet is Bombardier’s biggest business aircraft yet, with maximum seating for 19 passengers and a range of 7,400 nautical miles.
It is one of two key airplane programs for the Canadian company, which employs 1,600 people in Wichita.
The other is its C Series passenger jet, a program currently under scrutiny by trade officials in the U.S. and at the World Trade Organization over allegations the airplane is being sold to customers at less than fair value.
Bombardier is expected to provide an update on the Global 7000 flight test program on Monday at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas.
Bombardier hopes to achieve regulatory certification of the Global 7000 in the second half of 2018.
The plane’s engines are assembled at GE Aviation’s Arkansas City plant.