The Bombardier Challenger 850, based on Bombardier’s 50-seat CRJ200LR, was the largest super-midsize business aircraft offered by Bombardier Aerospace. The aircraft can accommodate 15 – 19 passengers and has a transcontinental range and a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.80.
Bombardier Aerospace, founded in 1989, is a division of Bombardier Inc. It is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, with manufacturing, engineering and services facilities in 27 countries.
Bombardier Aerospace began delivering the Bombardier Challenger 850 in 2006. Based on the discontinued 50-seat CRJ200 airliner, it featured the same airframe and engines but with an interior equipped for 27, 32, or 50 passengers in commuter configuration or 14 to 16 in the executive. Bombardier delivered more than 60 Challenger 850s between 2006 and 2015, with the last of aircraft selling for nearly $32 million.
“The value proposition for the Bombardier Challenger 850 is that you’re buying reliability and a support network that is second to none,” says Andy Nureddin, Bombardier’s vice-president of customer services and support for business aircraft. “The price point is the right point in today’s world.”
The aircraft features General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofans with 8,729 pounds of thrust each. The aircraft is designed to sustain 12 takeoff-and-landing cycles a day. The avionics feature the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 system. The Bombardier Challenger 850 also features a three-zone cabin with forward and aft bathroom, a large forward galley, a pass-through to the baggage compartment from the aft bathroom, and spacious center lounge/entertainment center.
“People are happy with the Pro Line 4,” says Marc St-Georges, Bombardier’s head of product planning and strategy for the Challenger 605 and 850. “What we’re being asked to do is to keep it leveled with navigational possibilities the aircraft needs to meet.”
“It’s definitely a niche aircraft,” St-Georges adds. “We’re meeting a market need for someone who doesn’t require the range, but who wants an executive cabin feel.”
According to pilot Amanda Kennedy, “The Bombardier Challenger 850 has been transformed into an executive style jet that is able to provide passengers with the same capabilities as a large aircraft but with the comfort and flexibility of a private jet. As a heavy jet from Bombardier Aerospace, the Bombardier Challenger 850 is the ideal jet for accommodating large groups.”