The 10-passenger, $26M Challenger 350 from Bombardier recently won approval to operate from a number of airports with steep approaches or short runways, which means that the airports of Aspen and London City just became a whole lot more accessible.
In May, at Europe’s foremost private aviation event, the European Business Aviation Association’s convention in Geneva, the Canadian company unveiled upcoming performance enhancements that will give the Challenger 350 an extra 1,500 nautical miles of range out of short runways, allowing it to operate from Santa Monica airport. Improvements to cabin aesthetics and soundproofing make for one of the smoothest-riding, quietest jets in its class.
Meanwhile, the first example of Bombardier’s Global 6500 long-range jet has gone into the plane-maker’s Montreal completion center, ready for entry into service later this year. The large-cabin, $56M private aircraft can carry up to 17 passengers in a 43-foot cabin that can be configured for work or sleep. Powered by efficient Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines and filled with sophisticated pilot aids, the aircraft is capable of connecting London and Hong Kong at nine-tenths the speed of sound. bombardier.com