Bombardier Challenger 300 sets world record with Miami-Seattle flight

Test aircraft establishes mark prior to Paris debut

Bombardier Aerospace’s all-new Bombardier Challenger 300* super-midsize business jet set a world speed record today on a flight from Miami, Fla. to Seattle, Wash. in an impressive demonstration of its transcontinental capabilities. The achievement comes just days before the aircraft is scheduled to make its first appearance at the Paris Air Show.

Bombardier Challenger 300 s/n 20-005, a flight test aircraft with close to 300 flight hours, left Miami International Airport at 6:41 a.m. EDT carrying two Bombardier Aerospace pilots and eight passengers, including Stan Nelson, chairman, contest and record board for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and special guest former U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.

It arrived at Seattle’s Boeing Field five hours and 48 minutes later after cruising at Mach 0.80 (528 mph; 850 km/h) at a maximum cruising level of 45,000 feet (13,716 m) – breaking all previous records for this 2,957 nm (5,480 km) route.

Wind conditions were light throughout the flight and the Challenger 300 landed in fairly light rain in Seattle with more than adequate fuel reserves. The speed record will be certified by the NAA, and ratification is now pending from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

“This flight clearly demonstrates the true coast-to-coast range of the Bombardier Challenger 300 with eight passengers,” said Bob Agostino, director of flight operations, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft, and pilot-in-command on the flight, along with co-captain Jim Dwyer. “We purposely selected a difficult route and purposely selected passengers that truly represent a typical passenger profile. The aircraft performed very, very well.”

Capt. Agostino said the Bombardier Challenger 300 offers operators a perfect blend of technology and performance, both financially and aerodynamically. “This is the airplane that many of us who have been flying for 30 years or so have been waiting for. It will be the benchmark in its class for the next 25 years.”

Aircraft s/n 20-005, the fifth aircraft in the Bombardier Challenger 300 flight test program, set the speed record just three months after it completed its first flight on March 8th in Wichita, Kan., equipped with a fully functional production interior. It has since been involved in a comprehensive functional and reliability (F&R) test program to validate the integrity and functionality of all cabin systems.

Superior reliability, maturity and cabin

Designed to deliver best-in-class value, the Bombardier Challenger 300 – formerly known as the Bombardier Continental – provides a cost-effective step-up for current light jet operators as well as for operators of midsize aircraft. It offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, combined with a full eight-passenger and operating costs equivalent to or better than current midsize jets.

The aircraft’s quiet, wide and stand-up cabin provides ample room for conferencing and working. Its efficient layout accommodates a double club seating plan, highly functional tables and conveniently located power outlets.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet* business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Leo Knaapen
Bombardier Aerospace
Montréal: (514) 855-7988