General Aviation Bombardier delivers 350th Challenger 350

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has announced it has delivered the 350th Challenger 350 business jet.

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After six years in service, Bombardier has announced it has delivered the 350th Bombardier Challenger 350 business jet. This landmark of Bombardier´s best-selling Challenger aircraft underlines its presence and importance in the market.

Since its introduction to the market, the Challenger 350 has steadily upgraded year after year with new upgrades and enhancements to better performance and cabin experience. The Challenger 350 is known for being agile, reliable and a pleasure to fly.

Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft commented: “The 350th delivery of a Challenger 350 aircraft, reached after only six years in service, speaks volumes [...] This achievement shows the great confidence customers place in this aircraft and demonstrates Bombardier’s production proficiency and strong supplier base.”

Bombardier delivered its first Challenger 350 back in June 2014 and since then, the global fleet as accumulated performed nearly 650,000 flight hours and more than 383,000 landings. In the super mid-size business jet category, the aircraft holds 43 percent of market share as of last year.

With the Challenger 350, customers can fly from New York to London or from Paris to Dubai without the need to stop for fuel. The range is 3,200 nautical miles and an optional performance package allows the aircraft to fly up to 1,500 nautical miles farther than before. This could be of special interest for operators that fly from airports with short runways, as the take-off and landing performance is enhanced as well with a steep-approach capability.

On board the Challenger 350, up to eight passengers can be accommodated. On the flight deck, a compact head-up display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS) are available. Over the years, the cockpit aesthetics have been improved as well.

The delivery of the 350th aircraft represents an average product rate of yearly 58 aircraft. In the past years, Bombardier has sold more and more of its commercial aircraft divisions, for example with the sale of its CSeries, the CRJ family or the De Havilland Dash 8 series. The company said that it needed to focus on the business jet market as the operational costs for all divisions would be too high.

Bombardier is one of the largest companies in the transportation industry with nearly 60,000 employees across two business segments. The company is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

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