* Lowest direct operating costs
* Superior cabin size, flexibility and comfort
* Proven airliner reliability
* Established customer support and services network
Challenger corporate shuttle family introduced to meet evolving market demand
Bombardier today took the lead in the growing market for corporate shuttle aircraft with the introduction of Bombardier Corporate Shuttle Solutions - a complete family of Bombardier Challenger corporate shuttle jets, backed by a full engineering, program, sales and customer support team.
It marks the first time in aviation history that an aircraft manufacturer launches a family of corporate shuttle aircraft. The three new Bombardier Challenger corporate shuttle models - the Bombardier Challenger 850, 870 and 890 - combine proven reliability drawn from 1,233 Bombardier CRJ aircraft delivered, superb operating economics and widebody cabins with flexible configurations to meet the needs of shuttle operators.
Bombardier is launching its new Corporate Shuttle Solutions to meet the evolving needs of both existing shuttle operators and a new generation of potential users. Bombardier research shows that a sizeable and aging worldwide fleet of corporate shuttle aircraft is due for replacement in the near future. Concurrently, multi-national organizations that fly their employees to and from locations either remote or underserved by commercial airlines are looking to maximize productivity and schedule flexibility while reducing costs.
"There has never been a better time to offer our Bombardier Corporate Shuttle Solutions to the market," stated James Hoblyn, vice-president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "In addition to a significant fleet of some 225 older-generation aircraft currently in shuttle service, our research indicates that corporations worldwide require more flexible, secure and economic transportation solutions for their employees. We believe we have the right solution to meet their needs."
The Bombardier Challenger 850, Challenger 870 and Challenger 890 aircraft are derived from the Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jet platforms, respectively, and offer the proven advantages of a widebody cabin, low direct operating costs, outstanding dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance, all hallmarks of the pioneering Bombardier CRJ airliner family. Each aircraft model offers a choice of three floorplan configurations that optimize passenger seating, galley and lavatory options to suit a wide range of needs. All models feature stand-up cabins, a flat floor and a minimum 31 inches between seats.
* The Standard Cabin has CRJ economy class seating throughout, with four seats per row. In this configuration, the Challenger 850 seats 50 passengers and can fly up to 1,537 nautical miles (2,847 km), the Challenger 870 seats 70 passengers and can fly up to 1,923 nautical miles (3,561 km), and the Challenger 890 seats 90 passengers and can fly up to 1,721 nautical miles (3,187 km).
* The Split Cabin offers executive-type seats and cabin furnishings in the forward cabin and CRJ economy class seating placed four abreast in the aft cabin. In this configuration, under certain conditions, the Challenger 850 seats 32 passengers (6 forward/26 aft) and can fly up to 1,970 nautical miles (3,648 km), the Challenger 870 seats 44 passengers (8 forward/36 aft) and can fly 2,235 nautical miles (4,139 km); and the Challenger 890, seats 52 passengers (12 forward/40 aft) and can fly up to 2,031 nautical miles (3,761 km).
* The Deluxe Cabin configuration has business class seating throughout with three seats per row. In this configuration, under certain conditions, the Challenger 850 seats 27 passengers and can fly up to 2,232 nautical miles (4,133 km), the Challenger 870 seats 42 passengers and can fly 2,235 nautical miles (4,139 km), and the Challenger 890, seats 52 passengers and can fly up to 2,031 nautical miles (3,761 km).
All Bombardier Challenger corporate shuttle aircraft feature a maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet (12,497 m). The Challenger 850 features a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.80 (850 km/h) while the Challenger 870 and 890 shuttles can both fly at Mach 0.82 (872 km/h).
Bombardier shuttle owners will also benefit from an established and comprehensive aircraft support structure. It includes an industry-standard business aircraft warranty program, an established factory-owned service center network, worldwide-authorized service network and worldwide service parts distribution network.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005, were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto stock exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Bombardier Challenger 850, 870 and 890, and Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
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