Bombardier’s Challenger 650 Business Aircraft receives EASA full type certification

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier, the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturer, announced yesterday that its Challenger 650 aircraft has received full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“Our Challenger 650 aircraft successfully entered into service in 2015 and is now about to make its European debut in 2016. Demand for this aircraft is strong around the world and with certification now in-hand, we are eager for EASA-registered customers to experience this brand new jet,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Customers who are already operating the aircraft are delighted with its new cabin design, increased comfort and added productivity,” he mentioned.

The aesthetics, ergonomics and technologies of the new Challenger 650 aircraft cabin redefine high-end comfort, convenience and control including angled touchscreen controller, metal accent trim and even wider seats.

With its proven reliability drawn from aviation’s best-selling large business jet platform and top customer-rated product support, the new Challenger 650 aircraft leads the pack with unmatched dependability and the lowest direct operating costs in its class.

Challenger 600 Series jets are the most delivered Medium category aircraft of all time in Europe, and account for the largest installed base in its segment in the region.

In 2015, Bombardier Business Aircraft was the market share leader in terms of installed base and deliveries in Europe, in the segments where it competes.

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Bombardier announces order for specialized Air-Ambulance aircraft

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Bombardier announced today that it has signed a firm purchase agreement with Swiss Air-Ambulance Rega (“Rega”) for three Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft. The transaction is valued at approximately $130 million US, based on 2015 list prices and includes various aircraft modifications, such as the installation of a medical evacuation interior. Deliveries of the modified Challenger 650 aircraft are scheduled for 2018.

A loyal Bombardier Challenger aircraft customer, Rega is the leading Swiss air-ambulance provider. As a privately funded foundation, its mission is to carry out air-rescue operations in Switzerland and to repatriate patients from abroad. As one of the world’s pioneers in aeromedical evacuation, Rega has a long tradition in dealing with medical emergencies around the world. Their current fleet of three Challenger 604 aircraft are used exclusively for ambulance flights and are outfitted with intensive-care units.

“Bombardier has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Rega since 1982 when the company purchased its first Challenger aircraft and again in 2002 with the addition of the Challenger 604 aircraft to its fleet,” said Stéphane Villeneuve, Vice-President, Specialized Aircraft, Bombardier. “We are very proud of the confidence that Rega continues to place in Bombardier, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration.”

“A preferred medical evacuation platform, Challenger aircraft have a long-standing history of air-ambulance operations. With its enhanced performance from short runways and proven reliability and track record, we are convinced the next-generation Challenger 650 aircraft is the definitive choice to carry out Rega’s extremely critical air-ambulance missions,” added Mr. Villeneuve.

“We are pleased with the acquisition of an additional three Bombardier Challenger aircraft,” said Ernst Kohler, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Rega. “The aircraft meets our requirements perfectly and will again serve thousands of patients worldwide, as did its predecessors.” Rega organizes and executes medical evacuations and medically escorted repatriations from anywhere in the world. “Our medical teams of experienced doctors and intensive-care nurses, as well as our pilots, appreciate the generous on-board conditions and the well-proven technology. We are pleased to rely on the Challenger platform to perform our life-saving missions,” added Mr. Kohler.

Source: Bombardier.

nice HD CMS / IFE system on the Challenger 650

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Lufthansa Technik’s Innovation Business Unit has been selected by Bombardier Business Aircraft to supply the nice® HD cabin management and in-flight-entertainment (CMS/IFE) system on Bombardier’s new Challenger 650* aircraft.

This latest announcement comes after Bombardier’s selection of the nice® HD system on the Learjet 70*, Learjet 75*, Learjet 85*, and Challenger 350* aircraft. So far, Lufthansa Technik has delivered more than 400 shipsets of the first generation nice® and its successor, nice® HD, to Bombardier Business Aircraft.

nice® HD offers the Challenger 650* aircraft an equipped state-of-the-art cabin management system (CMS), largest-in-class high definition monitors, 3D maps, Audio Video on Demand, Bluetooth integration and industry-leading media input capabilities among its many standard package advantages.

Designed by Lufthansa Technik and customized exclusively for Bombardier, the next-generation Cabin Management System provides passengers with a home- or office-like control, productivity and entertainment capability superior to that of any other aircraft in the segment. The cabin can be remotely controlled by using Apple or Android devices, too.

The Challenger 650* aircraft’s fully-equipped multimedia system allows users to store and play their own music, movies or other media. Featuring the segment’s only digital rights management (DRM) protected licensed media capability, allowing access to the latest in films and entertainment.

nice® HD allows access and compatibility for wireless or wired content on iPod/iPad, PC or smartphone, via USB, HDMI, Bluetooth and other ports connecting users with ease to all of their portable devices.

A real demonstration of the nice® HD system can be seen on board of the Challenger 650* aircraft mock-up at Bombardier Business Aircraft’s static display at the 67th annual National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida.  Other production nice® HD systems will also be operating on the Learjet 75 and Challenger 350 exhibited. Alternatively, Lufthansa Technik is also presenting nice® HD at its booth (no. 2289).

*Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Bombardier Introduces Challenger 650 with Launch Customer NetJets at NBAA 2014

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier announced today it has expanded its leading Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 650 aircraft. In partnership with NetJets, the global launch customer for the aircraft, the Challenger 650 jet was introduced at the National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida during a special unveiling event.

On June 11, 2012, NetJets placed a firm order for 25 Challenger 650 jets, formerly referred to as theChallenger 605 “NG”, with options for 50 additional aircraft. The Signature Series brand of the Challenger 650 aircraft has been designed with unique features such as customized cabinetry, seating, next-generation In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and lighting. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2015.

“The Challenger 650 jet enhances our leading business aircraft portfolio, the largest within the industry and will establish new standards in its segment,” said Éric Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This aircraft will provide our customers with the ultimate in-flight experience, a superior baseline offering and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class. With the Challenger 650 jet, they will have it all,” added Mr. Martel.

NetJets Senior Vice President of Global Asset Management Chuck Suma said, “The proven reliability of theChallenger 605 series played a significant role in our decision to order Challenger 650 aircraft. This new aircraft, with its enhanced performance capabilities, cutting-edge interior design and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class, will be a great addition to our fleet.”

Performance and Efficiency

The Challenger 650 aircraft’s enhanced GE engines offer greater thrust, shorter take-off distance, extra payload capacity and greater range capabilities out of challenging airports. With a true 4,000 nm (7,408 km) range capability, the Challenger 650 jet will connect London to New York, Dubai to London and Sao Paulo to Miami non-stop.*

Comfort and Technology

The Challenger 650 aircraft’s widest-in-class cabin has been completely redesigned to offer the ultimate in-flight experience, with breakthrough design attributes and unique expressions of comfort, control and connectivity. Inspired by the design and ergonomics of the new Challenger 350 aircraft, the Challenger 650jet will feature redesigned seats and galley, business aviation’s most advanced and best equipped Cabin Management System, largest-in-class HD monitors, Audio Video on Demand, Bluetooth integration and industry-leading connectivity capabilities.

The Challenger 650 aircraft will feature the Bombardier Vision flight deck, providing pilots with cutting edge technology and superior design aesthetics for new levels of control and comfort, in addition to increasing situational awareness and reducing pilot workload. The combination of the capabilities provides the best value in business aviation: latest generation Flight Management Computer, Synthetic Vision System, MultiScan™ weather radar and available head-up display.

Customer Support Network

The Challenger 650 aircraft ownership experience comes with a top-rated support and service commitment and capability. With 14 Regional Support Offices worldwide and a Customer Response Team that comes to you when you need support; fly confidently knowing that we back our best in-class aircraft with best-in-class support. Let us help you protect your investment with Smart Services programs, over 60 service and maintenance facilities across the globe, flight and technical training and a parts distribution network that’s as expansive as the range of our jets.

Source: Bombardier.