Bombardier took EBACE 2013 by surprise with the launch of the Challenger 350, which it says will be ready for delivery in 2014.
Launched at EBACE 2013 in May 2013 the $25.9 million the Bombardier Challenger 350 has different engines, new winglets, a different interior and new avionics compared to the Challenger 300. Bombardier says the first one will be delivered in 2014.
Bombardier delivered the first Challenger 300 in 2004 and it is widely regarded to have won the battle for the super mid-size category – beating off the Gulfstream 200 and the Hawker 4000. The Canadian company has delivered almost 400 Challenger 300s and it has been particularly popular with US corporates and individuals – partly because it can fly coast-to-coast.
As well as Flexjet, Bombardier’s own fractional company, XOJET bought 20 Challenger 300s in 2007 and last year NetJets ordered 75 Challenger 300s with an option to buy 125 more. NetJets will be the launch partner for the Bombardier Challenger 350 converting some of its Challenger 300 aircraft to the newer model.
Bombardier says that it has launched the Challenger 350 to allow it to compete with new models like Gulfstream’s G280, Dassault’s Falcon 2000, Embraer’s Legacy 500 (due later this year) and the Cessna Citation Longtitude (to be delivered in 2017).
Bombardier will offer customers a choice between the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 but most customers are expected to choose the newer aircraft.
Range: 145 more nautical miles
Eight passengers and two crew
Challenger 350: 3,200 nm (5,926 km) +145 nautical miles
Challenger 300: 3,065 nautical miles/5,645 km
With two new Honeywell HTF7350 engines and new canted winglets the Challenger 350 can fly eight passengers 145 nautical miles further than the Challenger 300.
Although this is a small range increase it puts the new aircraft closer to the maximum flight distance of the Gulfstream G280 which can go about 150 nautical miles further than the Challenger 350.
The cabin: Same size but improved comfort
Although it will be the same size, the Challenger 350 will have a completely new cabin and larger windows that the Challenger 300.
Passengers will also be able to control the cabin lighting and temperature with a new cabin management system.
For pilots the Challenger 350 will have the latest Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced. This means that pilots will have synthetic vision (a 3D view of the landscape), dual inertial reference systems (that allow the aircraft to calculate its positon, orientation and speed on its own), a completely paperless cockpit and Multiscan Weather Radar.
Bombardier says this will help improve pilot awareness and reduce their workload.
The Challenger 350 has more powerful engines. Its two Honeywell HTF7350 engines have a maximum thrust of 7,323 lbs compared to the HTF7000 turbofans that the Challenger 300 which have a maximum thrust of 6,826lbs.
The more powerful engines means that the aircraft can carry more baggage – although the total number of seats is the same.
Maximum takeoff weight
Challenger 350: 40,600 lb/ 18,416 k
Challenger 300: 38,850 lb (17,622 kg
Payload at maximum fuel
Challenger 350: 1,800 lb / 817 kg
Challenger 300: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
However, this extra weight hardly effects the length of runway that the Challenger 350 needs.
Take-off distance at maximum weight
Challenger 300: 4,810 feet/1,400 m
Challenger 350: 4,835 feet/1,474 metres
Speed: No change
Challenger 300/350: Mach 0.82 / 541 mph / 871 kmph / 470 knots
Challenger 300/350: Mach 0.8/ 528 mph / 850 kmph/ 459 knotts
Altitude: Slightly higher cruise altitude
Both aircraft have a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet/13,716 metres. The Bombardier Challenger 350 will have an initial cruise altitude 2000 feet higher at 43,000 ft/13,106 metres than the Challenger 300.