Bombardier's Challenger 605 Enters Service

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Bombardier last week announced the first example of its next-generation Challenger 605 business jet has entered service. The newest version of Bombardier's trademark widebody bizjets was delivered to Russell Aviation Leasing Inc. in late January; the company is leasing back the new jet to Bombardier during 2007 for use as demonstrator. The 605 features several upgrades from its venerable 604 predecessor, including a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite driving four 10-inch-by-12-inch LCD screens and an Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) as standard equipment. Also aboard the 605 are a real-time weather data link, electronic charts and a "state-of-the-art" Ethernet-based cabin entertainment and communication system. “The Challenger 605 jet is our fifth aircraft purchase from Bombardier and we look forward to keep strengthening our relationship with the manufacturer,” said Jim Hausch, of Russell Aviation Inc. “The aircraft looks fantastic. The cabin is very spacious and comfortable, and it flies like a dream. We’re convinced this jet is a winner.”

The Challenger 605's first flight took place on Jan. 22, 2006, and certification by Transport Canada, the FAA, and the European Aviation Safety Agency all were awarded in October 2006. Performance specs include a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82 and improved payload. Bombardier says a combination of new materials and technologies coupled with lighter components on the flight deck reduce the 605's overall weight by 200 pounds. The saved weight allows one additional adult to be carried the same distance when compared to the 604. The 605's typically equipped list price is $26.7 million.