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 to4,622 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.
In 2006 the Challenger 604 was replaced by the new 605 which increased the size of the windows and upgraded the avionics. The new larger windows make the wide cabin appear to be even roomier. Ten years later,the first Challenger 650 was put into service which improved takeoff thrust byan additional 5%. The Challenger 600 series now boasts over 1,000 deliveries,the widest cabin, the lowest operating costs and has now flown over 5 millionhours.
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Challenger 650’s For Sale
New Challenger 650’s sell for around $32.5 million depending on options and since they have only been delivering for 2 years,there is only 1 available for sale at: https://www.libertyjet.com/private_jets_for_sale/Bombardier/Challenger%20650which is a site that consolidates aircraft for sale listings.
Challenger 650 Charter
The new Challenger 650 is just beginning to enter the charter market with just 2 currently available. To keep an eye on the available fleet near you, click here: Challenger 650 Charter, or enter your trip itinerary here for a cost comparison between Charter, Fractional Ownership and Jet Cards.
Challenger 650 Jet Cards
There are many Jet Cards which allow you to fly in a Large Cabin jet but with so few Challenger 650’s available in the charter market, you are not likely to fly in one. A Marquis Jet card may be you only option if you would like to purchase a Challenger 650 specific Jet card. Click here to view a list of all Large Jet Cards.
Challenger 650 Fractional Ownership
There is only one option for a Challenger 650 fractional ownership program at this time: NetJets.