Bombardier, one of the most recognisable manufacturers in the aviation industry, released details for their new luxury business super-midsized jet, the Challenger 3500. This is a continuation of the 900 Series and will carry the legacy of the best selling Bombardier jet for the past twenty years.
Bombardier expects this new business jet to enter service by the second half of 2022 and we review the latest details and specs for the potential game-changer in private chartered jets.
Bombardier Challenger 3500 Best-in-Class Cabin & Luxury Nuage Seats
Bombardier claims the jet will provide “the most technologically advanced cabin in its class and introduces productivity-enhancing features such as the industry’s first voice-controlled cabin and the revolutionary Nuage seat”.
There is ample room for 8 passengers in the standard interior configuration. There are flexible seating arrangements for up to a maximum of 10 passengers and an option for executive seating in club configuration
At the live online launch of the Bombardier Challenger 3500, Eric Martel President and CEO of the aircraft manufacturer added, "Our immersive sound system offers an audio sweet spot that lets passengers centre the sound of their precise location in the cabin.”
Added in-travel comforts are the sound insulating design providing for one of the quietest cabins for private air travel. In addition, a noticeable wise cabin has a flat floor design that allows for safe and unrestricted movement throughout the cabin during the flight.
The handcrafted Bombardier Nuage seat aims to provide passengers with the ultimate comfort, and “class-defining comfort—including the industry’s first zero-gravity position—for life above the clouds.” The ergonomic benefits and internal architecture are engineered to move as the passenger does.
Other cabin highlights are a functional and stylish galley for meals and drinks, an easily accessible baggage compartment accessible at all times, divan end cabinet with two-tiered drawers.
In-Fight Technologies - Challenger 3500
The Challenger 3500 aircraft has a number of groundbreaking technological features. This includes the industry’s first voice-control cabin, Large 24 in (61 cm) 4K entertainment, adjustable sweet spot audio, Ka-band and 4G ATG internet, and wireless chargers.
Bombardier has developed a “bring-your-own-device cabin philosophy”, allowing for ease of travel and an incredible smart-technology enabled aircraft. Martel said during the launch that the connectivity options allow streaming content, joining a video conference, or watching live sports events.
Martel said of the piloting systems and features: “Its flight deck has more baseline features than any of its competitors, all the features of the Challenger 350 cockpit plus a standard autothrottle system.”
Sustainable Jet Aircraft - Bombardier
With the shift to sustainability across all sectors, the Challenger 3500 aims to be the “most sustainably designed business jet in its class” with innovative, eco-friendly solutions intended to lower its environmental impact.
Bombardier says the Challenger 3500 is “the first super-midsize jet with an Environmental Product Declaration and the first business jet to achieve a carbon-neutral flight test program. Aviation today reports that it's the second full aircraft that Bombardier will mark with Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). This is a third-party verification method of disclosing environmental performance data.
Additionally, the Challenger is manufactured with sustainable cabin material options and flies more efficiently to reduce CO2 emissions.
The Challenger jet also runs on Sustainable Aviation Fuel and the manufacturer’s Canadian facilities are largely powered by renewable energy.
Challenger 3500 Specifications
The Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft can operate from some of the most challenging airports globally and with its impressive range of 3,400 nautical miles, can connect Los Angeles to Honolulu, or London to Dubai with full seats and full fuel, non-stop.
The aircraft is powered by Honeywell HTF7350 turbofans and can climb to 43,000 ft (13,106 m), well above commercial air traffic, while it has a top speed of Mach 0.83 (1024 km/h).
Reuters reports that Bombardier generated revenue of $6.5 billion in 2020 is focusing on the Challenger and Global jets. You can see the Bombardier Launch video here.