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Bombardier Unveils New Challenger 3500 Business Jet

Bombardier presented its new super mid-size business jet, the Challenger 3500, at a virtual launch. The Challenger 3500 is expected to enter service in the second half of 2022, with a price tag of $26.7 million. This is the same list price as the currently available Challenger 350.The Challenger 3500 aircraft, an evolution of the Challenger 350, introduces a redesigned interior with intelligent and sustainably-minded cabin features to combine comfort with function. Bombardier's patented Nuage seat is included in the standard Challenger 3500 configuration -- the first time a seat of this caliber is available in the super mid-size segment. The new business jet will provide a reduced cabin altitude of 4,850 ft at 41,000 ft, representing a 31% improvement compared to its predecessor.The aircraft will feature several industry-first technological features, such as a voice-controlled cabin to manage lighting, temperature and entertainment systems, wireless chargers throughout the cabin, and the only 24-inch, 4K display in its class. The Challenger 3500's cockpit will feature a standard-equipped autothrottle system."We are thrilled to launch a business jet that features all the best-selling elements of the Challenger platform - impressive performance, consistent reliability, exceptional smooth ride - while elevating the cabin experience for our customers," said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. "Building on the success of the unrivalled Global 7500 business jet cabin, the Challenger 3500 aircraft prioritizes what our customers value most: a truly exceptional cabin experience."Following Bombardier's recent achievement of the Global 7500 aircraft being the first business jet to receive an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), the Challenger 3500 will be the first business jet in the super mid-size segment to have an EPD. Customers will also have the option of choosing from high-end sustainable materials for the cabin.Another sustainable initiative is the introduction of the first eco app solution in business aviation. The eco app is developed by SITA, a leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, using its existing eWAS Pilot with OptiFlight® solution. The innovative tool is designed to specifically optimize flight plans and reduce fuel burn, further decreasing the aircraft's environmental footprint.The Challenger 3500 flight test program is using a sustainability approach designed by World Fuel Services, which will remove some of the carbon emissions from the fuel of the test flights by using book-and-claim Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchases and then attains carbon neutrality by retiring offsets to balance the remaining carbon emissions from the jet fuel.
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