Bombardier Aerospace took the wraps off the Challenger 350–an upgraded Challenger 300 with a new wing, more powerful engines, larger windows and redesigned interior–today at EBACE. NetJets was also announced as the launch customer for the new $25.8 million twinjet, which is $1 million more than its fraternal twin that Bombardier will continue to offer. First deliveries of the new Challenger are scheduled to begin in May 2014.
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Bombardier Aerospace took the wraps off the Challenger 350–an upgraded Challenger 300 with a new wing, more powerful engines, larger windows and redesigned interior– May 19 on the EBACE show floor. NetJets was also announced as the launch customer for the new $25.8 million twinjet, which is $1 million more than its fraternal twin, which Bombardier will continue to offer. First deliveries of the new Challenger are scheduled to begin in May 2014.
Canadian MRO, completions and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours is rapidly expanding its presence in the Asian market.
Since the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) last year, the company has delivered four Challenger 850 cabin completions in the Chinese market and has another five 850s in the pipeline, scheduled for delivery over the next year.
Bombardier Aerospace will be extending the basic warranty of the Challenger 605 from the current three years/3,000 hours to five years/5,000 hours. The new warranty will be standard on all Challenger 605s delivered after April 1.
Georgetown, Texas-based Challenger Spares and Support will be rebranding its parts and service division as Red Aviation. The purpose of the change is to emphasize the company’s growth beyond the Challenger series, in which it has specialized from its founding in 2001.
ViaSat (Stand 838) has said its Yonder Internet service is the fastest available for in-flight communications, with an almost global coverage. Those regions still missing are to be added by 2014, according to the U.S. company.
Comlux Aviation Services of Indianapolis has been named a Bombardier-authorized service facility for the Global. Comlux has been a designated service facility for the Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 60, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Challenger 300 and Challenger 850 since May 2009. The MRO also held an AOG line maintenance facility designation for Globals. “We have an exceptional relationship with Bombardier and it is only natural that the progression of our business adds the Global ASF designation,” said Tony Bailey, Comlux Aviation Services CEO.
Orders for Bombardier’s Challenger 850 are keeping Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours (Stand 1935) busy installing interiors in these purpose-built executive/VIP descendants of the Canadair CRJ200 regional jet.
TrueNorth Avionics last month said its Simphone¯ OpenCabin has been selected as the cabin communications system for its first European Union head-of-state executive jet. The system is being installed aboard a Bombardier Challenger under an EASA certification. This sale marked the first order from TrueNorth dealer Ruag Aerospace Services, which is performing the installation at its facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Bombardier BD-100-1A10, Wheeling, Ill., Feb. 24, 2010–The Challenger 300 was substantially damaged when it was struck by a de-icing vehicle while preparing for departure for a Part 91 flight from Chicago Executive Airport. Marginal VMC existed at the time of the accident. Neither pilot on board was injured.