The bestselling SuperMid Cabin jet on the market is the Challenger 300 series with over 650 delivered to customers between 2004 when it received FAA certification and 2017. It’s an all new design and fits squarely between the Mid Cabin Lear 60/40 and 75 series and the Large, Wide Body cabin Challenger 600 series.
The difference in cabin width from the Challenger 300 to the wide body 604 is a little less than a foot giving it that same wide body feel as the 604. The 300 has a full 6.2 feet of cabin height which provides plenty of room to stand up and stretch your legs. In comparison to other SuperMid cabin jets: it has about 75% more cabin volume than the Citation X and Sovereign and over 30% more than the Falcon 50. The only other jet in this category which comes close to the 300 cabin is the Gulfstream G200/280 which is still 40 cubic feet smaller.
Despite the larger cabin, the Challenger 300 is capable of flying into and out of surprisingly small airports. The Honeywell HTF7000 engines produce 6,826 pounds of thrust each which provides plenty of power to depart out of airports such as East Hampton which has just under 5,000 feet of runway length. It can fly up to 45k feet, at a speed of up to 514 mph and a range of 3,747 miles which makes for a fast and comfortable ride coast-to-coast.
For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Challenger 300.
The dispatch reliability of the Challenger 300 is high for an all new model at 99.8% and its highly efficient engines at altitude burn just 178 gallons of fuel per hour. This combination of reliability and low operating costs make the Challenger 300 direct operating costs more comparable to the Mid cabin jets.
For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Challenger 300.
NTSB Record Search
As of the writing of this article, we found only 3 accidents for the Challenger 300 listed with the NTSB. The first: https://prijet.com/accident/20100309X14157 was in Wheeling, IL where it was hit by a de-icing truck at the FBO in 2010, the second: https://prijet.com/accident/20110613X12828 in Canada where the jet skidded on the runway and hit a snowbank and the third: https://prijet.com/accident/20161116X13203 in Panama where the aircraft where the landing gear collapsed on landing.
To search NTSB records for the Challenger 300 check out our safety records search by jet type (warning: this page will take a couple minutes to load.)
Challenger 300’s For Sale
At the time of writing this article, there are 33 advertisements of Challenger 300’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Bombardier/Challenger%20300 which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from $5.7 to $9.8 million.
Challenger 300 Charter
The Challenger 300 is one of the most popular jets available in the Charter market with nearly 150 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Challenger 300 Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Challenger 300 Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a SuperMid cabin jet and since the Challenger 300 supply is so strong in the charter market, you are likely to fly in one, although it is not guaranteed in most cases. If you require a Challenger 300 on every flight, then you might want to consider a Marquis Jet or FlexJet card which will pull from their respective fractional ownership fleets or consider a Jet Card from XOJet who operates dozens of 300’s.
Challenger 300/350 Fractional Ownership
There are currently two options to purchase a fraction of a Challenger 300; NetJets and FlexJet.