Bombardier Delivers First Challenger 850 Bizjet
Bombardier Aerospace earlier this month announced the first delivery of a Challenger 850 executive business jet, a development of the company's CRJ200 regional jet (RJ). The delivery followed the March 2006 entry into service of the first Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, also based on Bombardier's popular RJ line. The new bizjet-configured version of the 850 went to a Russian customer and was also the first Challenger 850 aircraft completed by Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany. Bombardier and Lufthansa Technik signed an agreement securing completion positions for 17 Challenger 850 executive jets in November 2005.
“This first Challenger 850 executive aircraft delivery highlights the ongoing confidence business jet customers have demonstrated in all members of the Challenger widebody aircraft family,” said Jahid Fazal-Karim, senior vice-president, new aircraft sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Market interest worldwide is solid for both the executive and shuttle variants of the Challenger 850, particularly in Russia, where there is continued strong demand for the executive version.” “The first delivery in any program is always an important milestone,” said Bernhard Conrad, senior vice-president, completion center, and head of approved design organization, Lufthansa Technik. “We are proud of the superior quality of this aircraft interior and are on track with the completion of another five aircraft.” The large-cabin Challenger 850 features a transcontinental range of 3,044 nm.