Challenger 650 Private Jet Charter Flights and Prices
The Challenger 650 is a major upgrade on the Challenger 605 with a redesigned interior cabin, an increase in takeoff thrust, and increased range.
The average hourly rental rate of the Challenger 650 is around 8,800 USD per hour.
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|Length||68.42 ft||20.85 m|
|Wing Span||64.33 ft||19.61 m|
|Height||20.67 ft||6.30 m|
|Bag. Capacity||- ft³||- m³|
|Length||25.58 ft||7.80 m|
|Width||7.92 ft||2.41 m|
|Height||6.00 ft||1.83 m|
|Area||- ft³||- m³|
|Purchase New||32 Million||30 Million|
|Charter Rate||8,800 USD/hour||6,700 EUR/hour|
|IFR Range||4,000 nm||7,408 km|
|Cruise Speed||470 KTAS||870 km/h|
|Certified Ceiling||41,000 ft||12,497 m|
|Rate of Climb||- ft/m||- m/m|
|Takeoff Distance||5,640 ft||1,719 m|
|Landing Distance||2,775 ft||846 m|
|Max Takeoff Weight||48,200 lbs||21,863 kg|
|Max Landing Weight||38,000 lbs||17,237 kg|
|Useful Weight||- lbs||- kg|
|Payload with Full Fuel||20,000 lbs||9,072 kg|
More about the Challenger 650
Since its acquisition of Canadair in 1986 Bombardier has long been a leader in the aviation industry. Their Challenger line is always greeted with a captivated hum of anticipation, with each succession outdoing its predecessor. The original design was a massive success and Bombardier have stuck to the time-honored principle that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Instead, what the multinational aerospace company has done is updated and modified the existing design to create a new yet fundamentally similar model. The Challenger 604 was the “best-selling model in the heavy-iron category”. Its successor, the Challenger 605, upgraded all aspects of cabin comfort, improved interface for the pilot, and could carry an additional 200lbs thanks to improved weight distribution. It became the best-selling lead in the midsize category of business jets. Naturally, then, the unveiling of the Challenger 650 was met with excitement.
The US leads the market in business aviation, and Bombardier lead the business sector with many customs driven via the US, so it is no surprise that the Challenger 650 is set to redefine luxury business travel once more. As has been the case with the Challenger series to date, Bombardier has once again stuck to the tried and tested model and created additional benefits around it. They have listened carefully to their customers’ desires and delivered a product that will satisfy them.
The Challenger 650 was revealed at the recent National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA) in Florida. Showcasing the appeal of the line was Hollywood A-lister John Travolta, who himself owns a Challenger and has a private pilot’s license. Travolta gave a speech declaring the Challenger 650 to be a superior upgrade to its predecessor and “everything that an airplane should be” alongside a mock-up of the model.
“I had the privilege to be part of the team that helped develop this aircraft here,” Travolta declared at the talk. “I can’t wait for you to see it. I think it reflects everything that an airplane should be today. The seats are bigger and the galley is better suited for servicing passengers. The engines have more thrust. The performance is better.”
Travolta is not the only advocate of the new aircraft. NetJets, the first-ever private jet charter company, has already placed a firm order for 25 models with a view to an additional 50, which will take the total tally of Challenger aircraft in existence over the 1,000-mark. Clearly, the proven quality of the Challenger series to deliver time and time again has proved an alluring prospect to investors. This was confirmed by NetJets’ Chuck Suma, Senior Vice President of Global Assessment Management.
“The proven reliability of the Challenger 605 series played a significant role in our decision to order Challenger 650 aircraft,” Suma claimed. “This new aircraft, with its enhanced performance capabilities, cutting-edge interior design and the lowest direct operating costs in its class, will be a great addition to our fleet.”
Key Features of the Challenger 650
There seems to be no shortage of plaudits for either the Challenger 650 or the Challenger line itself, and when you consider the impressive specifications of the latest model this comes as no surprise. The GE engines have been fine tuned to offer small improvements across the board; shorter take-offs, faster thrusts, and increased payloads. Simple yet effective. A near-7,500km capability ensures non-stop flights between the likes of New York and London for convenient, hassle-free transportation.
Cabin comfort has always been a focal point for the Challenger series, particularly given its focus on the private business aviation sector. The Challenger 650 does not fail to deliver on the standards set by its predecessors. Again, there are upgrades splattered throughout the model, subtly leading to a greater level of comfort and convenience in a seemingly natural way. Cabin seats have been completely redesigned to offer a superior level of comfort, including a four-place divan, complemented by an advanced Cabin Management System. Catering for the business sector naturally means that the aircraft is equipped with a host of technological accessories and systems to make the most of the time between destinations. Audio videos on demand, Bluetooth integration, and the industry’s largest-in-class HD monitors ensure that business can be attended to on the move in an aesthetically pleasing and practically convenient manner.
Capabilities of the Challenger 650
Behind-the-scenes, pilots will enjoy an improved interface that will allow for more accomplished flights than ever before. A MultiScan weather radar, lightning detection system, high-tech Flight Management Computer, and Synthetic Vision System give the pilot complete control over every aspect of the flight and its projector, leaving passengers to relax in the newly-improved luxurious cabin space.
This level of constant innovation and productive tinkering is of paramount importance to Eric Martel, President of Bombardier Aircraft. “We’re leaders, so people are gunning for us, either to imitate us or to play catch-up to us,” said Martel in a recent interview. “So it’s up to us to be more vigilant to ensure our leadership strategy works.”
And work it does. Bombardier has long set the benchmark in the business aviation sector and the Challenger 650 looks set to be the latest in a long line of successful models. Even at their presentation at the NBAA indicated their adeptness in innovation. Aside from enlisting the vocal backing of a household name in John Travolta, Bombardier’s tactile exploration of the aircraft was mesmerizing in itself. A custom-designed room was exhibited to recreate the feel of being aboard the Challenger 650. Every minute detail had been considered, from the unmistakable scent of fresh leather drifting into the room to the comforting and subtle rumblings underfoot.
It is this level of dedication, this level of attention to detail, that leaves aviation experts in no doubt about the continued quality of the Challenger series. It will be no surprise if the Challenger 650 quickly becomes the best-selling aircraft in its specific sector…and no surprise if its successor does the same.
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