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Bombardier introduces Challenger 650

Bombardier announced today it has expanded its leading Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 650 aircraft. In partnership with NetJets, the global launch customer for the aircraft, the Challenger 650 jet was introduced at the National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida during a special unveiling event.

On June 11, 2012, NetJets placed a firm order for 25 Challenger 650 jets, formerly referred to as the Challenger 605 "NG", with options for 50 additional aircraft. The Signature Series brand of the Challenger 650 aircraft has been designed with unique features such as customized cabinetry, seating, next-generation In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and lighting. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2015.

"The Challenger 650 jet enhances our leading business aircraft portfolio, the largest within the industry and will establish new standards in its segment," said Eric Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This aircraft will provide our customers with the ultimate in-flight experience, a superior baseline offering and the lowest direct operating costs(i) in its class. With the Challenger 650 jet, they will have it all," added Mr. Martel.

NetJets Senior Vice President of Global Asset Management Chuck Suma said, "The proven reliability of the Challenger 605 series played a significant role in our decision to order Challenger 650 aircraft. This new aircraft, with its enhanced performance capabilities, cutting-edge interior design and the lowest direct operating costs(i) in its class, will be a great addition to our fleet."

Performance and Efficiency

The Challenger 650 aircraft's enhanced GE engines offer greater thrust, shorter take-off distance, extra payload capacity and greater range capabilities out of challenging airports. With a true 4,000 nm (7,408 km) range capability, the Challenger 650 jet will connect London to New York, Dubai to London and Sao Paulo to Miami non-stop.(i)

Comfort and Technology

The Challenger 650 aircraft's widest-in-class cabin has been completely redesigned to offer the ultimate in-flight experience, with breakthrough design attributes and unique expressions of comfort, control and connectivity. Inspired by the design and ergonomics of the new Challenger 350 aircraft, the Challenger 650 jet will feature redesigned seats and galley, business aviation's most advanced and best equipped Cabin Management System, largest-in-class HD monitors, Audio Video on Demand, Bluetooth integration and industry-leading connectivity capabilities.

The Challenger 650 aircraft will feature the Bombardier Vision flight deck, providing pilots with cutting edge technology and superior design aesthetics for new levels of control and comfort, in addition to increasing situational awareness and reducing pilot workload. The combination of the capabilities provides the best value in business aviation: latest generation Flight Management Computer, Synthetic Vision System, MultiScan(TM) weather radar and available head-up display.

Customer Support Network

The Challenger 650 aircraft ownership experience comes with a top-rated support and service commitment and capability. With 14 Regional Support Offices worldwide and a Customer Response Team that comes to you when you need support; fly confidently knowing that we back our best in-class aircraft with best-in-class support. Let us help you protect your investment with Smart Services programs, over 60 service and maintenance facilities across the globe, flight and technical training and a parts distribution network that's as expansive as the range of our jets.

Press release issued by Bombardier Aerospace on October 19, 2014


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