The Challenger 350 is on track to enter service in the middle of this year, Bombardier Aerospace confirmed on Thursday. As of the end of last year, 75 percent of the flight-test program had been completed and the new interior was certified on December 17, the company said.
Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 350–an upgraded Challenger 300 with a new wing, more powerful engines, larger windows and redesigned interior–last year at EBACE. The company converted its original Challenger 300 prototype to the full Challenger 350 configuration and has been flying it with these upgrades since March. The first production Challenger 350 joined the flight-test program on December 27.
The Challenger 350 has canted winglets on the new wing that make the airplane’s wingspan nearly nine feet wider (at 69 feet) than that of its predecessor. The longer and stronger wing allows both for an increased mtow of 40,600 pounds and more fuel capacity, taking NBAA IFR range to 3,200 nm, about 150 nm more than the Challenger 300. A pair of Honeywell HTF7350 engines produce 7,323 pounds of thrust each, about 500 pounds more than the HTF7000s on its predecessor.
NetJets, the launch customer for the $25.8 million super-midsize jet, is scheduled to take delivery of its first Challenger 350 in May.