Bombardier’s new super-midsized Challenger 3500 business jet has earned a 2022 Red Dot Award: Product Design “Best of the Best” distinction in the Trains and Planes category. The distinction is the highest associated with the Red Dot Award, which annually honors top products in Product Design, Brands & Communication, and Design Concept disciplines from nearly 20,000 submissions from more than 70 nations. Bombardier will be honored at a Red Dot Gala ceremony in June in Essen, Germany, and featured in the Red Dot Design Yearbook. Bombardier introduced the Challenger 3500 in September 2021 as an evolution of its Challenger 350, and expects to enter it into service later this year.
“Bombardier’s design teams are true masters of their craft, and I am proud that their work on the Challenger 3500 jet was recognized by the Red Dot jury for belonging to the best in its category,” says Bombardier President and CEO Éric Martel. “The Challenger aircraft platform has always delivered impressive performance, consistent reliability, and a smooth ride, and I’m thrilled that the new interior design and technological features elevating the aircraft’s cabin experience have been acknowledged by this prestigious award.”
Comfort At The Forefront
Weeks after introducing the Challenger 3500, Bombardier announced a firm order from an anonymous buyer for 20 of the aircraft valued at $534 million. In October 2021, it displayed a mock-up of the aircraft’s interior at the 2021 National Business Aviation Association’s NBAA-Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. The redesigned interior includes numerous intelligent and sustainably focused features designed to combine passenger comfort and function. The cabin is the widest in its class, and its advanced sound-isolating design makes it the quietest in its segment, Bombardier says.
Cabin features of note include Bombardier’s exclusive and patented Nuage seat and the industry’s first cabin voice-controlled system for managing lighting, temperature, and entertainment systems. Wireless chargers are built in throughout the cabin, which features the midsize jet segment’s only 24-inch and 4K-quality display, Bombardier says. The jet also features an advanced wing design, and has a reduced cabin altitude of 4,850 feet (1,478 meters) at 41,000 ft (12,500 m), a 31% improvement over the Challenger 350.
The Challenger 3500
The Challenger 3500 can seat up to 10 passengers in a cabin measuring 6 ft high by 7.2 ft wide by 25.2 ft long (1.8 by 2.2 by 7.7 m). The jet has a maximum range of 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 kilometers), and its steep-approach capability means it can fly in and out of London City Airport, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, and other challenging facilities. The jet’s top speed is Mach 0.83, and it has a high-speed cruise speed of Mach 0.82.
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Posted On: 4/18/2022 3:25:52 PM