Bombardier's Challenger 350 has received full type certification from Transport Canada, paving the way for the Canadian airframer to begin deliveries of its super-midsize business jet.
The 10-seat Challenger 350 was launched a year ago and replaces the industry’s best-selling super-midsize model, the Challenger 300, which entered service in 2004.
As with its stablemate, the Challenger 350 will be pitched against Dassault's Falcon 2000S, Gulfstream's G280, and the in-development Cessna Citation Longitude.
The aircraft is powered by Honeywell HTF7350 turbofans, each producing 7,323lb (32.6kN) thrust. It has a maximum take-off weight of 40,600lb (18,430kg), while maximum range with eight passengers and two crew is 3,200nm (13,562km) at a long-range speed of Mach 0.8. The aircraft has a maximum speed of M0.82. Inside, the Challenger 350 cockpit has a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 advanced avionics suite, while the cabin boasts Lufthansa Technik’s nice high-definition cabin management system, contemporary seat design and a new modular galley.
Bombardier will not divulge how many sales it has secured for the $26.5 million Challenger 350. However it has revealed a handful of bulk orders for the type, including 75 from US fractional ownership company NetJets, 20 from Swiss luxury charter operator VistaJet, 20 from US fractional provider Flexjet and 10 from China's Minsheng Financial Leasing.