Super Midsize Jet: Bombardier Challenger 350
The Challenger 350 entered service in 2014 as an upgrade to the then 10-year-old Challenger 300, and surpassed 200 deliveries in 2017 on its way to becoming the year’s most-delivered business jet, according to data collected by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Bombardier delivered 56 examples of the Challenger 350 last year, after delivering 62 in 2016 and 68 in 2015. Many of those jets have gone to the two major fractional companies, NetJets and Flexjet, which apparently recognize the reliable, workhorse nature of the $26.67 million aircraft.
The jet’s 3,682-mile range and 528 mph cruising speed enable it to fly eight people from New York to London in a little over six and a half hours. The 25.2-foot-long cabin can be configured to accommodate eight to 10 passengers, and it’s furnished with fully reclining seats. The aircraft has enough baggage capacity to carry as many as 18 suitcases.