May 20, 2013
By Jim Moore
Bombardier Aerospace has expanded its business jet line with the launch of the super mid-size Challenger 350, announced May 20 in conjunction with the new aircraft’s first customer, NetJets. Priced just under $26 million, the Challenger 350 is powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF7350 engines producing 7,323 pounds of thrust each. The flat-floor cabin is designed for comfort, and is the widest in its class, Bombardier said. NetJets Signature Series models include a custom-designed entertainment and cabin climate management system, contemporary seats and interior, and a modular galley with single-service beverage machine also designed by NetJets.
"Designed to meet the ever growing needs of our customers, this new aircraft reflects the feedback received from our existing Challenger customers,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft President Steve Ridolfi, in a news release.
The “paperless” cockpit is designed to reduce pilot workload, built on a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced avionics suite including synthetic vision, dual inertial reference systems, and weather radar among the features and systems. With canted winglets and fuel-efficient engines, the jet can carry eight passengers 3,200 nautical miles.
The Challenger 350 remains in the development stage, with performance specifications still being tested and certified. The company plans to begin deliveries in 2014. Bombardier and NetJets jointly announced the new offering at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.
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