When it comes to private air charter for large groups of up to 16 people, few aircraft match both the economics and comfort of the Bombardier Challenger 850.
In a separate class from Bombardier's "Global" line of ultra long range business aircraft, the Challenger 850 was the largest of the "heavy" business jets offered by Bombardier Aerospace, and an extension of the highly successful Challenger 600 series. Deliveries of the Challenger 850 began in 2006.
The Challenger 850 is actually based on Bombardier's 50-seat CRJ200, the venerable "Regional Jet" that brought major change to the airline industry at the beginning of the 1990s. The aircraft can accommodate a range of cabin configurations including higher density business shuttle interiors seating between 20 and 40 passengers and the more common executive layout of between 12 and 16 passengers.
The Challenger 850's long cabin facilitates forward and aft lavatories, a large galley in the front of the aircraft, direct access to the baggage compartment at the rear, and even room to create a lounge/entertainment center or an aft stateroom.
While not the best performing of the large cabin business jets (Globals and Gulfstreams fly higher, further, and faster, and require less runway), the Challenger 850 is more economical and less costly to charter. Its worth considering if traveling between major markets, but may not be an optimal choice for some smaller airports. But where it lacks in performance it wins in durability and dependability. As a derivative of the original money-making regional airliner, the 850’s air-frame and systems were engineered to handle a high number of takeoffs and landings.
The main difference between the CRJ200, of which over 1,000 were built, and the Challenger 850, is the addition of an extra fuel tank to increase range. With four passengers the aircraft can travel over 3,400 miles, but if full expect up to 4 hours of flying before a fuel stop is required.
ELEVATE has access to a large fleet of Challenger 850 aircraft for your group’s next private charter. Whether for business or pleasure, get a quote today.