- 06 Mar 2020
- René Banglesdorf
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Bombardier found a market sweet-spot when it widened the appeal of its renowned family of Challenger business jets.
Until the introduction of the Challenger 300, all of Bombardier’s focus had been on developing the Challenger 600-series for the Large Jet market. So the introduction of the Challenger 300 as a clean-sheet design for the Super Mid-Size Jet market created a stir.
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The cost of a Bombardier Challenger 300 depends on the age of the aircraft you want to buy, along with its maintenance condition. The Challenger 300 finished production in 2014 and, according to Aircraft Bluebook, in spring 2021 the average price for a 2014 model Challenger 300 was $10m, whereas a 2003 model cost an average $4.5m.
The Challenger 300 competes with the Gulfstream G200 Super Mid-Size jet. While the G200 offers slightly more range, the Challenger 300 has a larger cabin (930cu.ft vs 869cu.ft), and – according to Conklin & de Decker – can also carry more payload when fully fueled (1,105 lbs vs 650 lbs).
The biggest advantage of the Challenger 300 is its cabin size. Providing one of the largest cabins in its class, the Challenger 300 enables passengers to travel across continents quickly, in comfort and style.
The biggest differences between the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 are the higher performance Honeywell HTF7350 engines on the Challenger 350 and its new canted winglets which help increase range to 3,200nm. Additionally, the Challenger 350 has taller cabin windows, benefitting passengers with more natural light.
Bombardier Challenger 300 Jets Overview
By Matt Harris
The aircraft was a hit – the first four were placed into service with fractional ownership giant Flexjet in 2004. But the model also proved very popular with traditional Part 91 owners.
Underlining the effectiveness of the Challenger 300 as a good step-up choice for Mid-Size Jet operators, Dean Phillips, Inc. was the first to wholly-own one, seeing it as the ideal larger, more capable jet – compared to its current Learjet 60 – for making travel to its cotton operations in Australia more efficient and comfortable.
Hundreds more Bombardier Challenger 300s were delivered to numerous owners and operators during the aircraft’s production run of 10 years, and the aircraft served XOJET, NetJets and VistaJet customers well for many years. In total around 450 units were produced between 2004 and 2014, according to AMSTAT.
What Features Does the Challenger 300 Offer?
Built for reliability, the Challenger 300 was described by Bombardier as ‘dependable’. Bombardier promised customers a spacious, transcontinental business jet, and the cabin of the Challenger 300 measures 28.6ft in length, and with generous height and width dimensions, allowing eight to 10 passengers to travel in comfort over a range of up to 3,100 nautical miles.
The Bombardier Challenger 300 can connect Toronto, Canada with Bogota, Colombia non-stop, for example, and is capable of linking just about any city pair within the US or Europe. Powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF7000 jet engines, it can fly at a speed of 541mph (Mach 0.82), and can cross the US in approximately five hours.
Another boast concerns its runway performance: The Challenger 300 can operate from 5,000ft runways in some operating conditions.
What Came Before and After the Bombardier Challenger 300?
The Bombardier Challenger 300 was a clean-sheet design and the first Challenger model in the Super Mid-Size jet category. After several years of successful production, in 2013 Bombardier announced an upgrade in the form of the Challenger 350.
Since its entry into service in 2014, the Challenger 350 has proven to be just as popular with the Business Aviation market as the original Challenger 300.