Although these aircraft are designed for intercontinental travel, fliers more often prefer them for their interior space rather than their long-distance capabilities. Families can take them from the mainland to Hawaii for weekend getaways, but more popular uses revolve around special events—the Super Bowl, the Indy 500—where companies can host clients or top-performing salespeople. Charter rates start at $4,750 per hour, and a one-sixteenth fractional share (50 annual hours) costs about $2 million.
The FAA certified the Challenger 604, which was preceded by four models (600, 601-1A, 601-3A, 601-3R), in 1995. By mid-1999, Bombardier had delivered 100 of the 541 mph planes, and two years later, the Canadian company upgraded the cockpit avionics to reduce the pilot’s workload. There are currently 287 Challenger 604s in service.
Typical purchase price: $26.22 million
Maximum cruising speed: 541 mph
Range: 4,691 miles
Passengers: As many as 19, typically 12
Baggage capacity: 115 cu ft
Cabin Length: 28 feet, 5 inches
Cabin Width: 8 feet, 2 inches
Cabin Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
Ceiling: 41,000 feet
Charter operators: Delta AirElite, Executive Jet Management, PrivatAir, TAG Aviation, The Air Group
Fractional provider: Bombardier Flexjet