Bombardier reveals order for 20 Challenger 3500 jets
Bombardier has revealed an order for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets, valued at $534m, from an undisclosed customer.
Representing the OEM’s largest order of the year, it follows the Challenger 3500’s launch last month.
Peter Likoray, senior vice president, Sales, New Aircraft, Bombardier, said: “This significant order comes just days after the unveiling of the Challenger 3500 business jet, quickly reinforcing the supremacy of this platform in the super mid-size market. The new Challenger 3500 aircraft is ideally suited to meet a growing demand for business travel.”
The new business jet offered an unmatched combination of performance, advantageous operating costs, cabin experience, innovation and a smooth ride, he added. It was “the perfect package for fleet operators, corporate flight departments and individual customers, including those looking to enter the business jet market”.
Developed from the Challenger 350 aircraft, the new model was unveiled on September 14th. The Challenger 3500 features a new cabin, lower cabin altitude, an environmental product declaration plus cockpit upgrades including an auto throttle system.
The cabin offers the industry’s first voice-controlled cabin, wireless chargers throughout the cabin, and the only 24-inch, 4K displays in its class. The altitude in the cabin is 31% lower than that of its predecessor.
Speaking at the launch last month, Éric Martel, president and chief executive, Bombardier, said: “We are thrilled to launch a business jet that features all the best-selling elements of the Challenger platform – impressive performance, consistent reliability, exceptional smooth ride – while elevating the cabin experience for our customers.” He added: “Building on the success of the unrivalled Global 7500 business jet cabin, the Challenger 3500 aircraft prioritises what our customers value most: a truly exceptional cabin experience.”
Mathieu Noel, director, Product Strategy, Industrial Design and Sales Engineering, said at the launch: “The Challenger 350 already had the widest cabin, best wing in its class plus a flat floor and access to baggage when flying. The Challenger 3500 elevates the experience even more.”
The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2022. Read more about its launch last month here.
Bombardier has revealed its biggest order of the year for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets, valued at $534m, from an undisclosed customer.