Robb Report Great write-up about the Challenger 350 and Bombardier new aircraft configurator
Best-selling Bombardier Challenger 350 Is Getting Even Better
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The super-midsize business jet is expected to receive steep-approach certification, giving it access to London City and other currently off-limits airports.
BY LARRY BEAN ON MARCH 27, 2018
Last year's most-delivered business jet, the BombardierChallenger 350, could soon become even more appealing. The manufacturer expects that by the end of this year, the super-midsize aircraft will receive steep-approach certification. This will allow operators to land at (and take off from) London City and other airports that are now off limits to the Challenger 350—and many other jets—because of sharp approach angles and/or short runways.
The latest version of the aircraft requires less than 2,400 feet of runway to land. Bombardier says it can retrofit Challenger 350 aircraft that were delivered to owners before the enhanced capabilities were added.
The ability to access London City is particularly significant because of the airport's proximity to the city's financial district. It's about 7 miles away; Heathrow is about twice that distance, and Gatwick is roughly 25 miles away.
According to data collected by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Bombardierdelivered 56 examples of the Challenger 350 worldwide in 2017, making it the...