The Bombardier Challenger 650 is a large-cabin, long-range private jet designed and manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace.
Over 1,000 Challenger 600 series are in active service, including the Challenger 650, Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601, and Challenger 600.
Cabin Size & Passengers
Up to 10
3,756 nautical miles
Max Operating Speed:
115 cubic feet
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A new Bombardier Challenger 650 is listed at $32 million
The large cabin Bombardier Challenger 650 is the follow-up to the Challenger 605 (production from 2007 through 2015), Challenger 604 (1996 to 2007), Challenger 601 (1986 to 1996), and Challenger 600 (1981 to 1983).
The Challenger 650 cabin has a height of 6.08 feet, a width of 8.17 feet, and a length of 28.4 feet. The typical configuration is for 10 passengers. The lavatory is in the rear of the cabin.
The Challenger 650 also featured a range increase of 200 nautical miles over the Challenger 605, with a maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles. While lacking the range of Bombardier’s Global line of large-cabin private jets, the Challenger 650 has a nonstop range from New York to London, between Dubai and London, or from the West Coast to Hawaii.
A new Challenger 650 is $32 million, while used early model Challenger 600s can be had for around $1 million.
The CL650 has one more trick up its sleeve and it explains why high-usage operators have been using Challengers for years: maintenance. Low hourly costs and fewer maintenance events are important. Visits to the shop are scheduled every 600 hours or 24 months for A inspections, and 8 years for C inspections. Most other aircraft have to visit the shop every 400 to 500 hours, and most C inspections are due every 6 years.
Guests will find four facing, swiveling leather club seats that also recline in the forward section of the aircraft. Beyond are four more facing seats and a four-seat divan, which all make up the conference area and feature a pop-up table in the middle. The forward seating and divan configurations can also convert into beds for long flights.
The Challenger 600 series is the longest-lived of these and has been in production for 41 years. It fills today’s bizjet market niche between the super-medium and traditional large-cabin aircraft. And when you consider that America went from the Wright brothers’ first flight to Chuck Yeager’s penetration of the sound barrier in 44 years, the 600 series production run is nothing short of amazing. Along the way, it has been modernized across five major block changes and 17 variants. The last two block changes have been significant.
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