Bombardier Challenger 605: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet

A buyer’s guide to the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet.

The Bombardier Challenger 605 follows on from the successful Challenger 604 model and over time, its success has eclipsed that of its predecessor since it achieved certification in October 2006. The aircraft carries nine passengers comfortably but can carry 12 in a high density configuration with 3 crew members (including a flight attendant). The seating can be a combination of club, divan or luxury individual and the interior can be made a more work friendly environment with larger worktables and video monitors.

The Challenger 605’s cabin is sized at 28’4 long, 6′”1 high and 8’2″ inches wide (at its widest point).

The Challenger 605 has Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite in the cockpit with EFIS, EICAS and Bombardier EVS.

The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF34-3B turbofan engines that produce 8,729 lbs of thrust each. The Challenger 605 has the sign wings and engines as the Challenger 604. It can fly over 4,000 nautical miles with seven passengers and two crew members, making non-stop flights like New York to London; Riyadh to Geneva or Singapore to Sydney possible.

The Challenger 605 needs a runway of 5,840 feet (1,780m) to take-off and 2,775 feet (846m) to land.

The broker’s view

“The Challenger 605 offers options such as a triple Flight Management Systems (FMS) and triple Interial Reference Units (IRU). Engine programs also add value to this jet, but they are not as critical since the engines are “on-condition.”
Rene Banglesdorf, CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation

Hard facts

Range: 4,614 miles/7,427 kms/4,010 nautical miles
Typical passengers: 9 (typical) – 12 (high density)
Typical crew: 3 (1 flight attendant)
Cabin space: 1,150 ft3 / 32.56 m3
Maximum Speed: 541 mph/870 kmph/mach 0.82
Recommended cruise: 528 mph/850 kmph/mach 0.80
Competitor aircraft: Learjet 85, CL-300, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Falcon 2000DX, 2000LX EASy, Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, Gulfstream G150, G200, G280, G350, G450, Hawker 850XP, 900XP, 4000
How much does a new Challenger 605 cost? $32m
Hourly operating cost: $6,500
First delivery: 2006
World fleet: 344 (May 2011)
Fractional operators include: N/A
Aircraft manufacturer: Bombardier
Engine manufacturer: General Electric
Engine type (number): CF34-3B (2)


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