Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Bombardier Challenger 850 CS to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
The Challenger 600 series of aircraft originated in 1976, from the LearStar 600, a concept that the founder of Learjet, Bill Lear, presented to Canadair. Canadair was the original builder of the Challenger series of aircraft before Bombardier purchased Canadair.
The Challenger 850 Shuttle is the corporate shuttle version of the Challenger 850 family. This aircraft is a re-badged Challenger 800CS based on the Regional Jetliner CRJ 200, which in turn was developed from the Canadair Challenger 600 model. The aircraft is powered by two GE CF34-3B1 engines. In commercial service, the CRJ have accumulated over 6-million flight hours. The 850 represents lessons learned from both the early CRJ aircraft and the business Challenger 600/601/604 series.
The aircraft, in business service, allow for customized interiors. The cabin width exceeds 8 feet and it has a flat floor with true stand-up room. Seating can range from 18 passengers in executive configuration, to 30 passengers in first-class shuttle configuration. Range varies with payload and is between 2,300–2,600 nautical miles with reserves. The main difference between the 850LR and the 850 CS is the amount of fuel installed in the aircraft.
Challenger 850 CS
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