Launch customer revealed for Challenger 3500


Bombardier has announced the launch customer for its new Challenger 3500 business jet – Les Goldberg, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners. The OEM also displayed an interior mock-up of the new aircraft at NBAA-BACE 2021.

“At Bombardier, we are excited to take part in this important industry event – and especially to be doing so in person, offering a truly special experience in which our guests can interact with our products and meet with us face to face,” said Eric Martel, president and chief executive officer, Bombardier. “And what better way to celebrate our newest business jet than to showcase our beautiful interior mock-up and to be joined by Mr Goldberg, our Challenger 3500 aircraft launch customer.”

Entertainment Technology Partners is the parent company to a global collection of brands in the events and entertainment industry.

“I’m overjoyed to be the launch customer for the Challenger 3500 aircraft,” said Goldberg, who currently owns a Challenger 350. “Reliability is the most important thing to consider when buying an aircraft, and I know the new Challenger will allow me to travel the world to run my business. I’m looking forward to all the improvements that they’ve done to make the plane exceptional.”

Bombardier notes that the Challenger 3500, the newest chapter of the Challenger platform, offers a completely redesigned interior featuring patented Nuage seats, a smooth ride, and new technology from the cabin to the cockpit. A firm order for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets is already on the books.

Guests at Bombardier’s NBAA-BACE static display at Henderson Executive Airport could also visit the cabins of jets including the Global 7500 and the Global 6500. The company is in the midst of a worldwide service centre expansion, including at Miami Opa-Locka Executive Airport, doubling its service footprint in Florida. Bombardier also said its new Certified Pre-Owned Aircraft Program is generating a high level of interest.

One of the central themes at this year’s NBAA-BACE was sustainability. “As the industry gathers to promote concrete action on sustainability, Bombardier is an important voice,” said Martel. “We continue to demonstrate our leadership, through initiatives including Environmental Product Declarations, sustainably minded innovations for our new Challenger 3500 aircraft, and a long-standing leadership role in the promotion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.”

The company also highlighted some of its key suppliers. For example, Austria-based FACC manufactures the cabinets and other key cabin components – such as the sidewalls, headliners, bulkheads and passenger service units – for the Challenger 300 series. Meanwhile, Collins Aerospace provides flight deck technology for Challenger and Global platforms.

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