Challenger 300 Review
Passengers and aircraft operators have wanted a full sized jet at the cost of a smaller plane. The Bombardier Challenger 300 fulfills this mission with style.
Popular among both large and small companies, the 300 is in a class almost by itself. Comfort and speed for a reasonable cost has always been the goal of most corporate and charter operations and this aircraft fits the bill.
Bombardier announced the Challenger 300 program in 1999 and made its first customer delivery in 2004. Since then, the aircraft has been a workhorse for quite a few commercial and corporate operators including Flexjet ® and Xojet®. This quick and comfortable bizjet is giving its super mid-size competitors good competition. The 300 offers good value and spacious cabin with low operating costs.
How it is put together matters
For the 300, Bombardier relied almost entirely on new computer-assisted design and put together a global supply chain with components from companies in Australia, Canada, Japan, Northern Ireland, Taiwan and the U.S. Parts and assemblies came in 12 major subassemblies and are put together on Bombardier’s Montreal shop floor into a finished airplane in four days.
The quick assembly time belies this airplane’s incredible performance. Eight passengers and a crew of two can be carried over a range of 3,065 nautical miles, according to Bombardier. This brings such nonstop routes as Miami–Seattle, Washington, D.C.–San Francisco, Bangor, Maine–San Diego, New York–London, Geneva–Dubai and Singapore–Tokyo into the capabilities of corporate and charter departments.…