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Bombardier Challenger 650

Certified and introduced in 2015, Bombardier’s Challenger 650 is the latest in the renowned 600 line, and Bombardier says it is the company’s best-selling large business jet platform of all time with 1,000 deliveries and counting. The 650 improves upon it’s predecessor, the Challenger 605, with an upgraded cabin and improved engines. Global range, industry-leading reliability, low operating costs, and a widest-in-class cabin combine to make make this heavy-cabin business jet a favorite among corporate flight departments. 

Challenger 650 Features


The Challenger 650’s cabin is celebrated as the widest in its class, measuring 7.9 feet wide, 6 feet high, and 25.5 feet long with a total volume of 1,146 cubic feet. Guests have more than enough room to move about the cabin and stretch their legs, and they can store and access their luggage safely in flight with the jet’s 115 cubic feet of internal baggage space. A fully-enclosed lavatory features a large backlit mirror, vanity, sink, and faucet.

A typical cabin arrangement includes four club-facing executive seats that swivel 180 degrees and recline, with a three-seat divan and two more individual seats behind. Passengers enjoy fold-out work tables, angled touch screens, and large windows. Blu-ray, HDMI, and Wi-Fi capabilities, including a Ka-band internet connectivity system, ensure those aboard can stay productive or entertained, even on long-leg flights. A special wing design ensures an extremely comfortable ride—as a Bombardier sales engineer explained to Robb Report on a press flight in 2017, the jet’s shortened wing allows the jet to glide through the air smoothly and easily.


Twin General Electric CF34-3B MTO engines carry the Challenger 650 to a top speed of .85 mach and a 4,000-nautical-mile range when flying with NBAA IFR reserves and carrying six passengers and two crew members. This global range capability links world financial capitals and allows the aircraft to manage long trips like New York to London or Dubai to Singapore. The engines put out 9,220 lbs of thrust each, allowing the Challenger 650 to take off in only 5,640 feet despite it’s great size. The aircraft is steep-approach certified and can reach even the most challenging airports, requiring only 2,402 feet to land.

Bombardier touts the Challenger 650’s “industry-leading” 99.9 percent, low parts cost, long maintenance intervals, and great fuel efficiency as factors that make it a favorite corporate flight department standby.


According to Altitudes Magazine, pilots are happy with the “wide and very comfortable” cockpit, and the aircraft is equipped with the latest navigational equipment. The jet features the Rockwell-Collins Pro Line 21 advanced avionics suite, with information spread conveniently across four large displays. Also included are a Dual Flight Management System with LPV and RNP approach capabilities, a Synthetic Vision System, MultiScan weather radar, dual Inertial Reference System, and dual SBAS/WAAS GPS.

Bombardier Challenger 650 interior


Max Passengers:
4000 miles
Cabin Width:
7.9 feet
Cabin Height:
6 feet
Cabin Length:
25.6 feet
Internal Baggage Volume:
112 cubic feet


External baggage Volume:
0 cubic feet
max takeoff weight
48200 lbs
landing weight
38000 lbs
max payload
4850 lbs
max fuel payload
1150 lbs
fuel capacity
19852 lbs
normal cruise airspeed
455 KTAS
long range cruise airspeed
429 KTAS
service ceiling
41000 ft

*Specifications are based on manufacturer data and may vary from those of specific aircraft sourced for your flight. See accompanying paragraphs for context of range capabilities.

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