Private Preview 2014: A New Challenger
The Challenger 350, an updated version of Bombardier’s popular super-midsize Challenger 300, will take to the skies in 2014 with a redesigned cabin and new engines. The 350, which is priced at $25.9 million and is expected to enter service in June, accommodates as many as 10 passengers in a flat-floor cabin with larger windows and seats that recline completely flat. The cabin is equipped with a new entertainment-management system, touchscreen controls, and high-definition video screens.
The 350 offers a 3,600-mile range and improved runway performance that allows it to operate out of smaller airports. The 350’s new Honeywell engines generate 7 percent more power than the 300’s engines but burn the same amount of fuel, thanks in part to the new aircraft’s canted winglets. The cockpit features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
NetJets will be the launch customer for the 350. The fractional-share provider ordered 75 of the jets last June and plans to add them to its Signature Series fleet.