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Bombardier Challenger 604

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Bombardier began deliveries of the Challenger 604 in 1996 and grew the fleet over 350 aircraft over the next 11 years.  The third variant of the 600 series, the Challenger 604 remains true to the original design in a number of ways.  What differentiates the Challenger 604 from its predecessors are incorporation of improved engines, more fuel capacity, structural improvements, and the ProLine 4 avionics. The Challenger 604 was later replaced by the Challenger 605 in 2007.  Current corporate operators of the Challenger 604 include Caterpillar, Hershey, and Raytheon.

Challenger 604 Buying Guide

When considering the Challenger 604, there are a number of considerations.  The Challenger 604 has 96 and 180 month maintenance inspections which should be evaluated for each aircraft.  An aircraft which has one of these major inspections recently completed will eliminate the cost and downtime.  Landing gear overhauls at 60 and 120 months can also be costly.  For those with pending inspections or overhauls, an optional maintenance service plan (Bombardier Smart Parts) will mitigate some cost.  Engine maintenance plans for the engines (GE OnPoint) are also available.  The Challenger fleet has experienced some corrosion and inspecting the prone areas during a prebuy inspection is recommended.

Common competitors: Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX Easy, Citation Sovereign, Citation X

Challenger 604 Fleet & Budget

Fleet Statistics:   Budget:  
Years of Manufacture: 1996-2007 Price, New ($):1   N/A
Fleet Size: 360 Price, Average Used ($):2 $5,800,000
North American Fleet: 219 Variable Cost ($/hr):3 $2,700
    Fixed Cost ($/year):4  $763,000

Challenger 604 Performance & Trip Analysis

Performance:   1000nm Trip Analysis:5
Range, Seats Empty (nm):6 4,119 Flight Altitude (ft): 41,000 
Range, Seats Full (nm):6 3,756 Time En route (hh+mm): 02+19
Max Cruise Speed (kts): 488 Fuel Burn (gal): 358
Average Block Speed (kts): 414 Fuel Cost @ $5.00/gal: $1,700
Average Fuel Burn (gal/hr): 358
Rate of Climb (ft/min): 4,345
Max Operating Altitude (ft): 41,000
Balanced Field Length (ft): 5,765

Challenger 604 Dimensions

Internal Dimensions: External Dimensions:
Cabin Length (ft): 28.40 Length (ft): 68.4
Cabin Height (ft): 6.08 Height (ft): 20.7
Cabin Width (ft): 8.17 Wingspan (ft): 64.3
Cabin Volume (cuft): 1,146

Challenger 604 Weights & Comfort

Weights:   Comfort:  
Max Takeoff Weight (lbs): 48,200 Seats, Typical: 10
Basic Operating Weight (lbs): 27,100 Int. Baggage Capacity (cuft): 115
Max Payload (lbs): 4,815 Ext. Baggage Capacity (cuft): 0
Usable Fuel (lbs): 19,850    
Payload with Full Fuel (lbs): 1,263    

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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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