First Europe-based Challenger 3500 delivered


On 29 May Bombardier made its first delivery of a Challenger 3500 to be based in Europe. The ceremony at Bombardier’s delivery centre in Montreal, Canada, was attended by representatives of the owner, Aviator Aircraft, and the entire Aero-Dienst technical acceptance team.

Aero-Dienst, a full-service provider of business aviation and ambulance services, based in Nuremberg, Germany, oversaw the entire completion, technical acceptance inspection and delivery process of the new jet, as well as its integration into Aero-Dienst’s commercial flight operations.

Aero-Dienst’s exclusive customer mandate consisted of two phases. The first phase comprised overseeing the completion progress and ensuring conformity with the desired aircraft specifications, as well as the technical acceptance and subsequent ferrying of the jet from Canada to Germany. The second phase included the registration with the German Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt), as well as integration into Aero-Dienst’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC D-002 EG).

“We would like to thank all participants for their commitment during the delivery and commissioning process and are thrilled that the five-day final acceptance procedure was executed so professionally and smoothly,” said Andreas Strabel, manager aircraft sales. “It makes us proud to be the operator of the first Challenger 3500 in Europe. This outstanding aircraft will be based at the Central European Airport Oberpfaffenhofen (EDMO), located close to Munich in the southern part of Germany, and shall be operated for the owner and Aviator Aircraft’s key accounts. Our experienced maintenance team will handle technical support of the new CL3500 at our own on-site service centre.”

Features of the Bombardier Challenger 3500 include a standard auto-throttle system, optional Ka-band high-speed internet, and Nuage seats. Its design was recognised in 2022 by the Red Dot Awards.

Aero-Dienst has more than 65 years of experience in the maintenance and operation of business jets. With its new addition to the fleet, Aero-Dienst operates eight aircraft at different sites in Germany and pursues a strategy of increasing its fleet size.

In addition to its headquarters in Nuremberg, Aero-Dienst also operates a maintenance station in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, as well as two stations in Austria (Vienna and Klagenfurt). The component shop in Landsberg am Lech allows Aero-Dienst to provide local repairs for maintenance operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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