Bombardier's Challenger 3500 business jet has entered into service. Long-time Bombardier customer Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners, became the launch customer for the super midsize aircraft at NBAA 2021 and will take ownership of the aircraft later this year.
“As a previous owner of a Challenger 350 business jet I can say with confidence that Bombardier has hit all the right notes in creating a next-generation aircraft," says Goldberg. "The cabin interior is spectacular, and I appreciate the added comfort and productivity that these new features will bring to our worldwide travels. I'm very proud that Entertainment Technology Partners is right at the start of this exciting next chapter in the Challenger evolution.”
The latest evolution in the Challenger lineage, the Challenger 3500 aircraft offers many of the features of the company's ultra-luxurious Global family as standard equipment, including the Nuage seat. The advanced design also prioritises passenger wellness with a dramatically lower cabin pressure altitude.
“Our Challenger 3500 business jet is clearly the right aircraft for today. Customers are impressed by the elevated experience, from the comfort and sustainability of its cabin to cost efficiency to reliability. And our teams have done an amazing job delivering this aircraft to market in less than a year since it was launched,” says president and CEO Éric Martel. “We congratulate Mr Goldberg on being an early adopter of this ground-breaking aircraft and we are delighted to share this proud milestone with him.”
The Challenger 3500 also has the industry's first voice-controlled cabin to manage lighting, temperature and entertainment systems; the first wireless chargers throughout the cabin; and the only 24 inch, 4K display in its class. The technologically advanced flight deck includes a standard-equipped auto throttle system and offers the most baseline features in its class.
The aircraft has been garnering accolades since the programme was launched in September 2021. It has just been honoured as the Grand Winner in the Industrial Design/Automotive & Transportation category at the 15th edition of the Grands Prix du Design.
“I am delighted that the new Challenger 3500 aircraft has once again been recognised for its innovative and exceptional cabin design,” says Martel. “Our talented team at Bombardier designed and crafted the industry-leading Challenger 3500 business jet for our discerning customers, offering them what they look for most in a business jet; an unprecedented cabin experience.”
In April 2022, it won the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for design and innovation excellence.
In line with Bombardier's commitment to the environment, the Challenger 3500 is designed and manufactured with sustainability in mind. It is the first business jet in the super midsize segment to have an Environmental Product Declaration published, which discloses fully transparent environmental information about a product's life cycle such as CO2 emissions, noise, water consumption and other key environmental impact indicators. In the cabin, customers can opt for up-cycled fabrics, alternative types of wood and natural fibre-based materials without compromising style or comfort. Flight crews can optimise fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions using an eco app, a first in the business aviation industry.