Italy-based operator Air Corporate directors Roano Grandi, Jacopo Foroni and Paolo Serini have signed up to buy a new Bombardier Challenger 3500 for delivery in April 2024. This latest acquisition continues the expansion project of the fixed wing segment of the company, that already consists of one Pilatus PC24 delivered in 2021 and another to be delivered at the end of 2023.
“We're thrilled to be adding the new Challenger 3500 aircraft to our fleet,” says Grandi. “This exceptional aircraft provides us with an outstanding option to further enhance our charter business and provide our discerning customers with an exceptional private aircraft experience at every level.”
Air Corporate has chosen the Challenger 3500 as it introduces an exclusive series of technical and design innovations for the mid-size segment not available for other models on the market. It will be equipped with the first voice-controlled cabin capable of managing the lighting, temperature and entertainment systems; the first wireless chargers arranged in various points of the cabin; a 24 inch 4k screen; and the Nuage Seat that is already used on the Global platform. It has eWAS Pilot technology with OptiFlight by SITA, nicknamed 'Eco App' by the Canadian aerospace group, that for the first time on an aircraft of this type allows pilots to reduce fuel consumption by five to six per cent in the climb phase of flight and carbon emissions during all three flight phases: ascent, cruise and descent.
Air Corporate will be the first company to offer the aircraft for charter in Europe.
“The new Challenger 3500 aircraft is the perfect charter solution for Air Corporate and other flight departments, offering a truly seamless corporate travel experience,” says Bombardier regional vice president, sales, Europe Ettore Rodaro. “With its impressive performance, consistent reliability and exceptional smooth ride, it is the industry's leading super mid-size business jet.”
Introduced in 2021, the Challenger 3500 aircraft offers a blend of performance, advantageous operating costs, cabin experience and smooth ride, making it an ideal choice for the European charter market. It boasts many of the attributes of the Global family, and has a reduced cabin altitude of 4,850 ft at 41,000 ft, representing a 31 per cent improvement over its predecessor.
Earlier this year, it captured the prestigious 'Best of the Best' Red Dot Award for its ground-breaking design.