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Bombardier Challenger 300

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The Challenger 300 was developed by Bombardier to fill the niche between the Lear 60 and the Challenger 604.  Certified in 2003, the Challenger 300 has been very successful with a fleet size well over 400 aircraft.  With range capabilities to cover entire US, the Challenger 300 has been received well in the States; over 70% of the fleet resides here.  Fleet operators include companies like Federal Express, Exxon Mobil, and Verizon as well as fractional operators Flexjet and NetJets

The Challenger 300 offers a compelling combination of range, runway performance, cabin comfort and operating cost.  Bombardier publishes the range of the Challenger 300 at 3,064nm with seats full when using the NBAA standard.  Compared to the Challenger 604, the 300 is a foot narrower but has the same cabin length and height resulting similar cabin comfort.   The Challenger 300 is most commonly configured for 8 or 9 passengers.   The 8 passenger layout includes two sets of double club seats.  The 9 passenger configuration replaces two aft seats with a three-place side facing divan. 

Challenger 300 Buying Guide

Clean sheet design aircraft often experience some early teething pains.  The Challenger 300 was no exception.  Some early Challenger 300s experienced interior quality issues.  The quality increased and some of the early aircraft have since been refinished.  Early customers also noted higher interior sound levels.  Additional soundproofing, acoustic curtains, and galley pocket doors are options available mitigate this issue.  Optional maintenance service plans for engines (Honeywell MSP) and airframe (Bombardier Smart Parts) are available to smooth maintenance cashflows and assist in resale.  In 2013, Bombardier announced the Challenger 350, the next iteration of the Challenger 300 which includes 135nm more range, enhanced avionics, and improved cabin management system. 

Common competitors: Falcon 2000EX Easy, Falcon 2000LX, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Gulfstream G280

Challenger 300 Fleet & Budget

 Fleet Statistics:   Budget:  
 Years of Manufacture: 2001-2014 Price, New ($):1  NA
 Fleet Size: 453 Price, Average Used ($):2 $10,500,000
 North American Fleet: 347 Variable Cost ($/hr):3 $2,300
    Fixed Cost ($/year):4  $757,000

Challenger 300 Performance & Trip Analysis

Performance:   1000nm Trip Analysis:5  
Range, Seats Empty (nm):6 3,340 Flight Altitude (ft): 45,000
Range, Seats Full (nm):6 3,065 Time En route (hh+mm): 02+18
Max Cruise Speed (kts): 470 Fuel Burn (gal): 295
Average Block Speed (kts): 419 Fuel Cost @ $5.00/gal: $1,475
Average Fuel Burn (gal/hr): 289    
Rate of Climb (ft/min): 4,240    
Max Operating Altitude (ft): 45,000    
Balanced Field Length (ft): 4,810    

Challenger 300 Dimensions

Internal Dimensions:   External Dimensions:  
Cabin Length (ft): 28.6 Length (ft): 68.7
Cabin Height (ft): 6.08 Height (ft): 20.0
Cabin Width (ft): 7.17 Wingspan (ft): 63.8
Cabin Volume (cuft): 930    

Challenger 300 Weights & Comfort

Weights:   Comfort:  
Max Takeoff Weight (lbs): 38,850 Seats, Typical: 8
Basic Operating Weight (lbs): 23,850 Int. Baggage Capacity (cuft): 106
Max Payload (lbs): 3,350 Ext. Baggage Capacity (cuft): 0
Usable Fuel (lbs): 14,045
Payload with Full Fuel (lbs): 1,105

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1. As published in the BCA 2013 Purchase Planning Handbook. 
2. Compiled from VanAllen research and AMSTAT. Updated October 2016.
3. Estimated based on $5.00/gallon fuel cost, average fuel burns, hourly engine and maintenance reserves.  Crew trip and catering costs excluded.
4. Estimate including insurance, hangar, 2 pilots.
5. Source: B&CA Annual Purchase Planning Handbook, zero winds, ISA, 4 passengers, unrestricted climb.
6. As published by manufacturer using NBAA IFR reserves. Actual range may vary given your operational profile and routing. Additional analyses highly recommended.

All data for reference only and should be verified prior to making any purchasing decision.

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