Bombardier’s MAX Program Extends Maintenance Intervals

 - October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM

Today at NBAA 2013, Bombardier Aerospace launched its MAX maintenance programs for the Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.

The new MAX programs are built on the success of a similar one for the Challenger 300 that launched in July. So far, owners on the program are seeing a direct maintenance cost reduction of as much as $24 per flight hour, over a 20-year period, based on an average annual usage of 500 flight hours.

The Challenger 605 program is expected to be available–at no cost–to owners and operators in the second quarter of next year. Meanwhile, a similar, but non-Max, program for the the Learjet 40/45 program launched last week that requires purchase of an optional Service Bulletin for $70,000. However, Bombardier expects Learjet 40/45 operators on this program to see savings of more than $130 per flight hour over a 20-year period, again based on an average annual usage of 500 flight hours.