Overview

The Challenger 600 series jets has been in continuous production since 1978 and includes the 600, 601, 604, 605 and 650. The original concept of the Challenger was conceived by Bill Lear who created the first business jet, the Learjet but was sold to Canadian manufacturer Canadair who developed the first Challenger 600 with financial backing of the Canadian government. The Challenger 600 was the first wide-body cabin business jets with a full 8.2 feet wide at its widest point and with a height of 6.1 feet offers the ability to fully stand up for most passengers. It can fly over 3,200 miles non-stop at speeds of up to 514 mph which made it a perfect cross-country jet for up to 12 passengers. Canadair upgraded the 600 series with several modifications such as additional fuel tanks and winglets to create the 601 series including the 601, 601-1A, 601-3A and 601-3R.

10 years following Bombardiers purchased Canadair in 1986, they upgraded the Challenger 601 with upgraded GE CF34-3B engines, additional fuel tanks and undercarriage to accommodate the extra weight and named it the Challenger 604. The range was improved by over 1,400 miles to 4,622 miles giving it a transatlantic range. The combination of the wide-body cabin and range make it a versatile and popular option for both business and personal travel. 347 Challenger 604’s were produced between 1996 and 2007.

For a more complete comparison, check out PriJet’s performance of the Challenger 604.

For a more complete cost comparison, check out PriJet’s operating cost for the Challenger 604.

Challenger 604’s For Sale

At the time of writing this article, there are 50 advertisements of Challenger 604’s for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Bombardier/Challenger%20604 which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings. Prices range from $3 to $7.2 million.

Challenger 604 Charter

The Challenger 604 is one of the most popular Large Cabin jets available in the Charter market with 144 currently available Worldwide. Depending on your flight patterns, charter can be the least expensive option. To located one near you, click here: Challenger 604 Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.

Challenger 604 Jet Cards

There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a Large Cabin jet and since the Challenger 604 supply is so strong in the charter market, you are likely to fly in one, although it is not guaranteed in most cases. Click here to view a list of all Large Jet Jet Cards.

Challenger 604 Fractional Ownership

There are no fractional ownership programs for the Challenger 604, however FlexJet offers a program for the Challenger 605.