July Aircraft HIGHLIGHT - The Bombardier Challenger

Beginning this month we'll share the stories behind some of private aviation's most venerable aircraft and what its like to fly aboard them. Learn more about the many types available for private charter. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at private-jet.ca/aircraft-guide.

Happy 151st Birthday Canada! What better way to celebrate than to talk about one of the country’s biggest exports and business aviation successes stories- The Challenger.

The Bombardier Challenger 650.  Photo credit: AINtv

The Bombardier Challenger 650. Photo credit: AINtv

The Bombardier Challenger 600 series, and cousin the 300 series, have become icons of Canadian high-tech vision and design. According to the manufacturer, The Challenger 650 aircraft is the most successful large business aircraft platform of all time (Bombardier, December 6, 2017). With over 1,100 deliveries of the Challenger 600 series this “heavy-jet” set the standard for large cabin private aircraft worldwide.

Interior of a Bombardier Challenger 600 series aircraft

Interior of a Bombardier Challenger 600 series aircraft

The original Challenger 600 aircraft, first produced by Montreal-based Canadair, was certified in 1980. In the nearly 40 years since it entered service it has undergone numerous refinements, including a stretched variant known as the Challenger 800 series, and a smaller clean-sheet design known as the Challenger 300 series.

The Challenger is one of aviation’s most versatile and popular designs. In 1992 a stretched version of the Challenger 600 series business jet entered service as a commercial passenger airliner known as the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). The CRJ program has sold over 1,800 aircraft world-wide (source: Bombardier, March 31, 2018), including subsequent variants that helped redefine the regional airline industry of the last 3 decades. No other aviation program has had this kind of cross-platform success.

Bombardier Challenger 650 interior.  All drawings           © 2018, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc.

Bombardier Challenger 650 interior. All drawings        © 2018, Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc.

The latest variant of the original Challenger 600, the 650, continues to sell well and is a testament to the strength and flexibility of the original jet’s design. It typically seats 10 passengers (it can go up to 12 and cabin configurations vary according to customer preferences). It can travel 4,000 Nautical Miles, or 7,408 kilometers. This latest model has an advanced wing design, new engines and latest technology flight deck that help provide customers with an exceptional flying experience.

The smaller Challenger 300 was first delivered to customers nearly 15 years ago. The current model is the Challenger 350. It has a range of over 3,000 Nautical Miles, or 5,500 kilometres. Considered a “super-midsize” cabin aircraft, it typically seats 8 passengers. 650 Challenger 300 series aircraft were delivered in the 10-years ended December 2017, making it the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade according to the manufacturer.

Large-cabin Bombardier Challenger 650 (top) and super-mid Challenger 350 (bottom)

Large-cabin Bombardier Challenger 650 (top) and super-mid Challenger 350 (bottom)

Both 600 and 300 series Challenger jets provide customers with an extremely comfortable flying experience, including stand-up cabins, large washrooms, fully galleys, in-flight entertainment, and depending on the operator both satellite phone and in-flight wifi.

When you demand both the best in comfort and performance, and are ready to book your private jet, contact ELEVATE Aviation Solutions about chartering a Bombardier Challenger aircraft.