The Bombardier Challenger 3500, with its first production model entering into service in September, now has an upgrade in the wifi department.
The Canadian private jet maker announced that all Challenger 3500 aircraft will be equipped with Iridium Certus connectivity as a baseline feature, offering a top connection speed of 704 Kbps. That is around the high end of a basic home internet service package, according to various online sources.
The internet service uses around five dozen cross-linked satellites to provide service worldwide.
"We are proud of our leadership position of the industry when it comes to cabin comfort and reliability," said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, executive vice president of aircraft sales and Bombardier Defense. "By incorporating the new Certus system to Challenger 3500 jets, we offer our clients a highly reliable connectivity service with pole-to-pole coverage. This shows our unwavering commitment to our clients."?PREVIOUS STORIES:Bombardier Challenger 3500 wins 2022 Red Dot Award First European charter order for Bombardier Challenger 3500 announced Bombardier Challenger 3500 enters into serviceA collaboration with Collins Aerospace "will support the aircraft's exquisite on-board experience and ensure heightened productivity," Bombardier said in a statement.??
The Iridium Certus satellite internet service can also be installed as a retrofit on Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 private jet aircraft through Bombardier's network of service centers.
"Collins Aerospace's new Iridium SATCOM solution will provide Challenger 3500 operators with faster speeds, lower weight and smaller antenna footprint than legacy SATCOM systems allowing for minimum drag and lower power usage while providing more efficient connectivity services for the passengers in the cabin," said Nate Boelkins, vice president and general manager of business and regional avionics at Collins Aerospace?
Bombardier says the Challenger family is the best-selling super mid-size platform for the past eight years.
The Bombardier Challenger 3500 features a redesigned interior with what the aircraft maker calls "intelligent and sustainably minded cabin features … elegantly crafted to combine comfort with function."
It includes brings many of the attributes of the luxurious Global family, including Bombardier's exclusive and patented Nuage seat and a reduced cabin altitude of 4,850 ft. at 41,000 ft., representing a 31% improvement compared to its predecessor, the company says.
Other features include a voice-controlled cabin to manage lighting, temperature, and entertainment systems, first wireless chargers throughout the cabin and a 24-inch, 4K display.
The aircraft received the 2022 Red Dot Award for its interior design.