Bombardier Business Aircraft has pressed its first European-based Mobile Response Team (MRT) jet—a Challenger 300—into service, the Canadian airframer announced today. The twinjet recently completed its first mission from its base in Frankfurt, Germany, providing assistance to a European customer with unscheduled maintenance, according to Bombardier.
“With this investment, we are adding expertise and increasing accessibility to OEM support for our European operators and paving the way for the industry’s largest and longest-range business jet—our flagship Global 7500—which is now in service,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, v-p and general manager of customer experience for Bombardier Business Aircraft. The MRT Challenger 300 will augment the shipping of parts from Bombardier’s main European parts distribution hub at Frankfurt International Airport.
Its 3,065-nm range and top speed of Mach 0.83 allows the aircraft to timely reach from Frankfurt the jet manufacturer’s installed base of more than 700 aircraft in Europe and the Middle East, Bombardier said.
The super-midsize jet supplements seven line maintenance stations in Europe—Luton, UK; Linz, Austria; Paris, Nice, and Cannes, France; and Milan and Olbia, Italy—as well as its service center at London Biggin Hill Airport and the jointly owned Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in Berlin, Germany. The Challenger is Bombardier’s second MRT aircraft worldwide. It has an MRT Learjet 45 based in Chicago, where Bombardier operates a parts distribution hub.