The Bombardier Challenger 650 will make its public debut in less than two weeks at EBACE, the company announced yesterday. "We are thrilled to unveil our Challenger 650, which is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2015," said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Eric Martel. The first production Challenger 650, which will be on display in Geneva at EBACE, has been flying since February 26.
Launched at the NBAA Convention in October, the 3,200-nm large-cabin twinjet will feature the Bombardier Vision flight deck based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. Vision features 15-inch displays and includes head-up guidance, synthetic vision, enhanced vision, MultiScan weather radar and the Integrated Flight Information System.
Priced at $33.25 million, the Challenger 650 is powered by two GE Aviation 9,220-pound-thrust CF34-3BMTOs, which have 5 percent more takeoff thrust than the CF34-3B engines on the 605. The additional thrust is pilot selectable via a new performance thrust setting.
Bombardier will also have a Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and Global 6000 on static at EBACE, as well as a full-scale cabin mockup of the Global 7000 at its booth.