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BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER 604 605

Bombardier Challenger 604 605

ABOUT THIS AIRCRAFT

The Bombardier Challenger 605 was introduced to the public in 2006 as an updated and improved variant of the 604 model that had been Bombardier’s workhorse since 1996. The 605 can carry up to 12 passengers in absolute luxury, and features improvements such as an evolution of the cockpit and a reworked interior for even more comfort, making it one of the most sophisticated private jets available today.

Also on the list of improvements was an increased payload capacity, and an increased fuel capacity, giving the aircraft more options to suit its passengers’ needs and maintain its legendary range capabilities. The Bombardier Challenger 605 can fly distances of up to 7,400km at Mach 0.8, making it no slouch in the speed department either.

After five generations of the Challenger family’s success preceding the 605, Bombardier somehow managed to turn excellence into something even better.

Interior design

The redesigned interior of the 605 model improves on that of the 604 by making the largest cabin interior in its class even bigger and more spacious. Cabin volume and headroom have been increased, as well as LEDs throughout the cabin for more atmospheric lighting during the flight.

The windows were relocated and have been made bigger so as to increase the amount of natural light that enters the cabin. A new galley design also offers passengers more options, as well as increased storage capacity and more ergonomic working spaces.

Technological features

Starting at the front, the cockpit features the Rockwell Collins Proline 21 avionics suite, which offers pilots instant and intuitive access to critical flight information, and also features several LCD screens, which offer increased colour and clarity in the visuals for the pilots.

For the passengers there is an entirely digital, Ethernet-based system that provides increased and more intuitive cabin control. Touch screen controls are available in the VIP areas and galley, which allows for features such as audio and video on demand as well as high-speed connectivity for email and web browsing.

History

In 1978, the CL-600 made its way into the industry, and through the generations of the Challenger family, Bombardier haven’t set a foot wrong. Innovation after innovation has kept the Challenger series of aircraft a success. After the CL-600 was introduced, the product line for the Challenger family has evolved and gone through many iterations of the generations that followed. Here is a list of some of the aircraft included in the Challenger family:

  • CL-600
  • Canadair CC-144
  • CL-601
  • CL-604
  • C-143A
  • CL-605
  • CL-650

Manufacturer

The Challenger series of aircraft was originally built by Canadair as a division of Bombardier Aviation, which is a division of Bombardier Inc. – a multinational manufacturer of regional airliners and business jets. The company was founded originally as a manufacturer of snowmobiles in 1942, but sold off that line of business in 2003.

Bombardier Aviation began with a number of acquisitions of already established aviation manufacturers and companies. First in line was the acquisition of Canadair in 1986 and, once the company’s profitability was restored, Bombardier acquired the effectively-bankrupt Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing company in 1989, followed closely by the acquisition of the American company, Learjet, in 1990.

Interesting facts

  • Two General Electric CF34-3B engines power the Bombardier Challenger 605, each offering a staggering 8,729 pounds of thrust, and using 976 litres of fuel per hour.
  • Bombardier also claims that the 605 model’s operating costs match that of a small aircraft, which makes this super-mid-size jet even more impressive and attractive to potential buyers.
  • Production of the Challenger 605 model ceased in 2016, with a total of 290 manufactured models of the aircraft on the market, most of which are wholly owned, with only a few leased or in fractional ownership.

Cost

A Bombardier Challenger 605 will set you back about INR1 855 577 700, and variable operating costs sit at about INR104 165 911 annually. Though most of the Challenger 605s bought and sold are pre-owned, you can find plenty for sale on several aircraft resale sites.

Where to buy

Several aircraft resale sites have Bombardier Challenger 605s listed for sale. Controller.com has a pre-owned 2011 CL-605 listed for $10,500,000 (INR721 428 750). Avbuyer.com has a pre-owned 2013 model listed for $12,995,000 (INR892 853 962,50). Libertyjet.com has over 20 listings for Bombardier Challenger 605 jets on their site. With so many options, it is up to you to find the best possible deal that you can.

Charter rates

Charter rates for the Bombardier Challenger 605 can vary greatly depending on the length of the journey you have planned, as well as the airports you decide to fly in and out of. Average hourly charter rates for the 605 sit at around INR413 310,74.

If you would like to book a private charter flight on the luxurious Bombardier Challenger 605, then why not contact our offices? For information on other private jets available for charter, browse our list of available private aircraft.

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