Bombardier on Monday introduced its latest business jet, the midsized Challenger 350, at the 2013 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) at Palexpo and Geneva Airport in Switzerland.
(Challenger 350. Photo: Embraer.)
NetJets is the launch customer for the Challenger 350, the result of a June 2012 firm $5.4 billion order for 75 Challenger 350 aircraft, with options for an additional 125 aircraft. At $25.9 million, the 350 costs $1 million more than its predecessor.
The 350 is an enhanced version of the Challenger 300, featuring twin Honeywell HTF7350 engines producing 7.3 percent more takeoff thrust, an upgraded version of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system and a new HD cabin management system designed by Lufthansa Technik.
“We first started working with Bombardier for two years to define the aircraft, and we signed the contract a year ago. We wanted to be Bombardier’s worldwide launch partner. The aircraft leads its category,” said Jordan Hansell, CEO of NetJets. "“Challenger 350 has a totally reworked interior, a new galley, new avionics, larger windows, more thrust, more range and an eight-passenger full-tanks payload."
Also notable for the Challenger 350 is the new wing with canted winglets, stretching the wingspan nine feet longer (69 feet) than the 300, helping to increase the fuel capacity on the new jet.
First deliveries of the new Challenger to NetJets are scheduled to begin in May 2014.
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