The addition of the Challenger 350s will double Airshare’s fractional fleet as it eyes expansion into the Northeastern U.S.
Phenom light jet operator Airshare moves into the super-midsize aircraft category, announcing a firm order for three Bombardier Challenger 350s. It adds options for 17 more, meaning it will add as many as 20 new aircraft. Based on Conklin & De Decker’s estimated price of $27 million per unit, the deal is worth $540 million. Airshare currently operates a fleet of 20 Phenom 300s and 100s for its fractional share and jet card program. Additionally, it manages 26 aircraft for owners.
Challenger 650/605/604/601 profile, including current pricing, manufacturing dates, cabin size and passenger capacity, range, speed, baggage space, fractional ownership, and jet card options
Bombardier Challenger 650 Facts
Featured by NetJets and VistaJet, over 1,000 of Bombardier’s Challenger 650 series are in active service, including the Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601, and Challenger 600. The original went into service in 1981, and the most recent – the Challenger 650 – has been in production since 2015.
A new Challenger 650 is $32 million while used early model Challenger 600s can be had for under $1 million.
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.
Production Start: 2015
Production End: In Production
Challenger 650 Related Models
The large cabin Bombardier Challenger 650 was 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).
As of February 2021, Amstat lists over 1,000 Challenger 650/605/604/601/600s in service
Challenger 650…69 in the fleet
Challenger 605…288 in the fleet
Challenger 604…360 in the fleet
Challenger 601…248 in the fleet
Challenger 600…70 in the fleet
Private Jet Cabin Category
Large Cabin/Heavy Jet
Challenger 650 Cabin Size and Passengers
Height: 6.0 feet
Width: 7.11 feet
Length: 25.7 feet
Seating Capacity: 8 to 12
Range: 4,000 nautical miles with 6 passengers and 2 crew
Maximum Cruise Speed: 488 mph
Normal Cruise Speed: 459 mph
Long-Range Cruise Speed: 425 mph
115 cubic feet, all interior and accessible from the passenger cabin
Fractional Ownership – Yes
Dedicated Jet Card – Yes
Challenger 650/605/604/601/600 Pricing
A new Challenger 650 is $32 million
Two 2017 used Challenger 650s are both listed for sale at $16.5 million. A 1982 Challenger 600 with 6,505 hours is listed for sale at $495,000.
The privately-owned operator offers several jet card options across its fleet
Mississippi-based Nicholas Air is adding range to its jet card fleet with at least one Bombardier Challenger 300. The company already operates the Citation Latitude, Phenom 300, Citation CJ3, Phenom 100 and Pilatus PC-12.
The move adds about 500 miles to the nonstop range of the Nicholas Air fleet. According to Conklin & de Decker, The Challenger 300 has a range of 3,527 miles at capacity and 3,843 miles with four passengers. Nex up is the Latitude’s range of 2,825 and 3,302 miles, respectively.