NetJets revealed as customer for 12 Challenger 3500s, with options for 232 aircraft


NetJets has been revealed as the previously confidential buyer of 12 Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft. 

The transaction, valued at $326.4m, was announced back in December last year, but the deal could be worth more than US$6bn if all optional 232 Challenger 3500 jets are delivered over time. Deliveries for aircraft included in the firm order are set to begin in the second half of 2025.

“The Challenger 3500 jet continues to impress with its ultimate combination of refined cabin experience, proven reliability and top performance, perfectly aligning with the needs of NetJets’ discerning client base,” said Éric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier. “We couldn’t be prouder to see the Challenger 3500 business jet join the NetJets’ fleet as we write the next chapter of our long-term collaboration.”

The Challenger aircraft family is well known for its reliability and safety with more than 900 business jets of the Challenger 300 series in service worldwide. The 3500 builds on that track record and boasts a dispatch reliability of more than 99.8%. It also offers a range of 3,400nm and “outstanding” runway performance and steep-approach capabilities.

It is also the first business jet in the super midsize segment to have an Environmental Product Declaration published, documenting the aircraft’s environmental footprint over its lifecycle.