Bombardier’s new Challenger 3500, destined for launch customer Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners, has entered service. Goldberg will take ownership of the aircraft later this year.
Goldberg, a long-time Bombardier customer, was previously announced as the launch customer for the new super-midsize aircraft at NBAA-BACE 2021.
The latest evolution in the Challenger lineage, the Challenger 3500 offers many of the features of the company’s Global family as standard equipment, including Bombardier’s exclusive Nuage seat. The design also prioritises passenger wellness, for example with its lower cabin-pressure altitude.
“Our Challenger 3500 business jet is clearly the right aircraft for today,” said Éric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier. “Customers are impressed by the aircraft’s elevated experience, from the comfort and sustainability of its cabin to cost efficiency to reliability. And our teams have done an amazing job delivering this aircraft to market in less than a year since it was launched. We congratulate Mr Goldberg on being an early adopter of this ground-breaking aircraft, and we are delighted to share this proud milestone with him.”
The Challenger 3500 incorporates voice control over lighting, temperature and entertainment systems, wireless chargers throughout the cabin and a 24in 4K display. The flight deck includes a standard-equipped autothrottle system.
The business jet has been garnering accolades since the programme was launched in September 2021. In April 2022 it won the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award.
“As a previous owner of a Challenger 350 business jet, I can say with confidence that Bombardier has hit all the right notes in creating a next-generation aircraft,” said Goldberg. “The cabin interior is spectacular, and I appreciate the added comfort and productivity that these new features will bring to our worldwide travels. I’m very proud that Entertainment Technology Partners is right at the start of this exciting next chapter in the Challenger evolution.”
An Environmental Product Declaration has been published for the Challenger 3500 type, documenting the aircraft’s environmental footprint over its lifecycle. Bombardier said that in the cabin, a range of high-end, environmentally friendly choices make it possible for customers to opt for up-cycled fabrics, alternative types of wood and natural fibre-based materials without compromising style or comfort. Additionally, flight crews can use a unique eco app designed to optimise fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
The newly delivered Challenger 3500 will be presented on static display at NBAA-BACE 2022.