Bombardier has won European Joint Aviation Authorities approval for the Challenger 300 super mid-size business jet. The aircraft received Transport Canada type approval on 30 May, followed five days later by US Federal Aviation Administration certification. The first customer Challenger 300 has been delivered to Bombardier's Tucson, Arizona, completion centre and will enter service in the fourth quarter.

The first aircraft for a European customer will be delivered next year. Bombardier has a backlog of over 150 orders for the $17.4 million aircraft.

The Challenger 300, launched in mid-1999 as the Continental, is powered by two Honeywell AS907 turbofans. The aircraft first flew in August 2001, and five aircraft were involved in the certification flight test programme.

Source: Flight International