Bombardier Places First Challenger 850 Corporate Shuttle Into Service

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Bombardier said late last month that its first Challenger 850 corporate shuttle has entered service. The 50-passenger, regional-jet-derived, high-utilization airframe is to be used by Suncor Energy Inc., a Western Canada energy concern, which will use it to fly the operator's personnel and contractors between its Calgary headquarters and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta six days a week. Launched in May 2005, the Bombardier Challenger 850 corporate shuttle is based on the company's CRJ200 regional airliner and builds on that market's demand for low direct operating costs, high-percentage dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance, if not cabin amenities and luxury. Other corporate shuttles Bombardier would like to sell you include the Challenger 870 and Challenger 890.

“The Challenger 850 corporate shuttle represents an ideal solution for Suncor,” commented Eric Axford, vice president, Business Services, Suncor Energy. “Now, more people working on our technology-based projects will be able to commute between the two cities with ease and comfort. We view this aircraft as an investment in people and productivity.” Like its scheduled kin, the Challenger 850 shuttle is capable of a high cruise speed of Mach 0.80; it can fly up to 2,231 nm with 27 passengers, or operators can choose to stop for gas after 1,427 nm and carry a full 50-passenger load. The Challenger 870 and Challenger 890 shuttles, derivatives of the 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 and 90-seat CRJ900 respectively, can fly at Mach 0.82.