Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger, and Global brands already have significant market share, but the company is not resting on its laurels. Its latest entry, the Bombardier Challenger 605, further refines the industry’s original wide-body business jet.
First announced in November 2005, the 12-passenger 605 is an impressive update of the company’s 604. Among other changes, Bombardier has incorporated a new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system into a redesigned interior that features a digital, Ethernet-based cabin entertainment system and enlarged windows for more natural light. The 605 also has a payload capacity that is 200 pounds greater than that of the 604.
The jet achieves a cruising speed of 540 mph and a range of about 4,600 miles. A prototype completed its maiden flight earlier this year, and certified examples are scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2007, priced at about $26.7 million.