Bombardier Aerospace today announced the delivery of the 200thChallenger 300 aircraft to VistaJet, a privately owned business aviation solutions company headquartered in Switzerland. The milestone aircraft is one of a trio of Challenger aircraft delivered to VistaJet in July, including a Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 business jets. The aircraft will enter service with VistaJet’s rapidly growing fleet on August first.
“This is a fantastic milestone for the Challenger 300 jet, an aircraft that continues to exceed customer expectations,” said Eric Martel, Vice-President and General Manager, Challenger and Global, BA. “With over 200 aircraft manufactured since entering customer service in January 2004, the Challenger 300 aircraft is one of the best selling jets in corporate aviation history.”
VistaJet's fleet currently features more than 35 medium to ultra long-range jets – from the premium Learjet 40 XR aircraft to the Global Express XRS jet, the ultimate business aircraft – all with an average age of less than two years. The company expects to grow its fleet to 98 aircraft once all jets on order including options have been delivered.
Challenger 605 steep approach capability key to access at London City Airport
”Our new Challenger 605 aircraft will focus on meeting the increasing demand at London City Airport, directly linking business and government leaders to the heart of London's financial district,” said Bing Chen, VistaJet Chief Executive Officer. “London City Airport is by far the most convenient way to access one of the world's most important financial centers. Together the Challenger 605 and our Learjet 40 XR aircraft are the ideal combination to offer the best possible service at this airport.”
In order to qualify to operate at London City Airport, an aircraft must demonstrate its ability to be flown safely at a 5.5-degree or greater approach angle, take off and land on the airport's 4,327-foot (1,319-meter) runway, and meet the local noise requirements. The Challenger 605 jet received approval for steep approach and landing capability at London City Airport in 2007.
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