has secured U.S. certification for its newest Challenger, the 350, clearing the way for delivery to its launch customer NetJets. Bombardier and NetJets have scheduled a formal delivery ceremony on June 27 in White Plains, New York, for the first of up to 200 Challenger 350 "Signature Series" aircraft the fractional ownership provider has on order.
U.S. certification comes just two weeks followingapproval announced on June 11 and a little more than a year after Bombardier announced the aircraft during the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition.
Powered by newHTF7350 engines producing 7,323 lb. of thrust, the 350 sports new canted winglets, reducing emissions, providing faster time-to-climb and improving efficiency. The aircraft has a 3,200-nm range. The cockpit is fitted with Pro Line 21 avionics, including synthetic vision, a dual inertial reference system, a paperless-capable cockpit and MultiScan Weather Radar.
The 350 also has a redesigned interior, providing taller windows and adding a new contemporary seat design and modular galley.
Bombardier unveiled the aircraft with firm orders for 75 from NetJets. That order included options for 125 more. NetJets plans to add five of the model to its fleet this year, part of up to 670 new aircraft valued at $17.6 billion that the fractional ownership provider has placed orders or options for since 2010.
While the largest order, the NetJets deal is among several fleet orders that the Challenger 350 has already received. VistaJet ordered 20 and placed options for as many. VistaJet expects to take delivery of up to 10 of the aircraft this year. Flexjet also ordered a number of 350s as part of an 85-aircraft deal that also included Challenger 605s and75s.