Bombardier under pressure to ramp up spending on new jets as rivals revamp their fleets

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Nicolas Van Praet | Published October 10, 2021

Bombardier president and CEO Eric Martel introduces the new Challenger 3500 in Montreal on Sept. 14, 2021. Pressure is starting to build on Bombardier Inc. to ramp up development spending on new jets as rivals continue to unveil plans for competing aircraft. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Pressure is starting to build on Bombardier Inc. BBD-A-T to ramp up development spending on new jets as rivals continue to unveil plans for competing aircraft, a situation that raises questions about the Canadian company’s financial targets as it fights to recapture investor interest.

U.S.-based Gulfstream announced last week it would bring two new jets to market – including one, the G400, that aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia said would deliver an instant “knockout punch” against Bombardier’s Challenger 650. That follows disclosure by France’s Dassault Aviation SA DUAVF that it is planning two new large-cabin jets. Competition is only poised to heat up over time with more new products from other manufacturers, including Brazil’s Embraer SA ERJ-N and U.S. giant Textron Aviation TXT-N , according to Scotiabank equity analyst Konark Gupta.

Bombardier shares have fallen in four of the last five trading sessions since the Gulfstream announcement, losing eight per cent overall. They closed Friday at $2.03 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

“We believe [Bombardier] is now more likely to roll out new models, derivatives or refreshes rather than staying quiet, in order to remain competitive with Gulfstream, Dassault and potentially others,” Mr. Gupta said in a recent research note. The Montreal-based jet maker “could be at risk of losing market share and facing revenue or margin headwinds if it doesn’t invest in new products,” he said.

That means Bombardier’s stated plans to limit capital expenditure at about US$200-million a year over the next several years might not be workable, which in turn would affect its goals for free cash flow, according to the analyst. The company is forecasting that it will turn cash flow positive next year on its way to generating more than US$500-million of free cash by 2025, a target that hinges on limiting spending.

Bombardier chief executive Éric Martel and chief financial officer Bart Demosky are trying to stage a recovery for the Canadian industrial giant that hinges on a slimmed-down business model focused solely on selling and servicing private jets. The company has a lineup of popular planes, such as the all-new Global 7500, that are generating orders, but its still-weak financial position means it does not have the same capacity as some competitors to update older models or develop all-new designs.

“The challenge Bombardier has is they don’t have access to capital at affordable rates,” said aerospace consultant Rolland Vincent, a former Bombardier executive. “But they have a few years. I don’t think they have to do anything right now.”

Bombardier spokeswoman Anna Cristofaro declined to comment when asked whether management sees the capital expenditure forecast as a hard ceiling or if it could be increased as needed. “We’re very proud of our current aircraft offerings, and we’ll continue to bring new and innovative products to the market,” she said via e-mail, adding executives will be able to provide more colour when the company reports third-quarter results later this month.

Over the past three years, Montreal-based Bombardier has announced plans to refresh four separate jet models. The large-cabin Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft were updated to bring them closer in quality and performance to the company’s flagship Global 7500, a US$75-million plane designed from scratch that entered service in late 2018.

A stripped-down version of the Learjet 75 was announced in 2019, although Bombardier has since decided to cease production ofits entire Learjet line. Last month, the company said it would bring to market an improved version of its Challenger 350 aircraft, to be called the Challenger 3500.

Bombardier spent more than US$1-billion to develop the Global 7500, but much less on the other planes, which are not clean-sheet designs but revamped versions of existing aircraft. The company’s methods for refreshing jets (for example, transposing its patented “Nuage” seat technology, first introduced on the 7500, into the other Globals and into the Challenger 3500) has given it a “proven track record to build on for achieving meaningful upgrades at a low cost with less development risk,” Mr. Demosky told industryanalysts last March.

Analysts say the Bombardier jet in most urgent need of a replacement is the Challenger 650, a popular but old jet with a basic airframe design that has not changed since before Bombardier took over the Challenger program with its purchase of Canadair Ltd. from the federal government in 1986. They say that need is even more obvious now that Gulfstream has announced the new G400, which will come to market in 2025.

“The G400 is a major challenge that will require them to think about raising the money” to develop a new competing plane, Mr. Aboulafia said in an interview. “It has to be an all-new plane. You don’t do refreshes of 40-year-old models. … They’re going to lose their market position unless they can do something.”

Bombardier’s Flagship Global 7500 and Best-selling Challenger 350 Business Jets on Display in Europe

  • Guests have the chance to step aboard Bombardier’s two most renowned aircraft, which offer an unparalleled combination of cabin experience and performance
  • Showcase includes stops in Germany, Spain and Sweden
  • As part of Bombardier’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, jets are touring using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce that two of its leading business jets, the industry flagship Global 7500 aircraft and the super mid-size market leader Challenger 350 aircraft, are on a tour of several European countries.

The showcase has begun in Germany and will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Denmark before wrapping up in Sweden on October 5.

“As interest in business aviation grows in Europe and all over the world, it’s important for customers to see first-hand how the cabins and attention to detail aboard Bombardier jets set themselves apart,” said Emmanuel Bornand, Regional Vice President of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier. “We’re so pleased to create this distinctive experience for our guests.”

The Global 7500 aircraft created a new space at the upper end of the business jet spectrum since its entry-into-service, with the 100th aircraft already being manufactured. This unparalleled business jet offers four true living areas, including a master suite with a full-size bed, and Bombardier’s patented Nuage seating collection for the ultimate comfort on long flights. Its industry-leading range of 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 kilometres) means passengers can fly nonstop from Western Europe to virtually anywhere on the planet, including Bali, Tokyo and Honolulu. The Global 7500 aircraft’s steep approach capabilities allow it to access London City and a variety of challenging airfields – and to fly out of these airports with excellent range.

The Challenger 350 aircraft is the industry’s best-selling super mid-size jet for seven years running, thanks to its performance, reliability and advantageous operating costs, not to mention its best-in-class cabin experience and smooth ride. This tour will provide an occasion for guests to learn more about the future of this renowned business jet, which will soon be evolving into the Challenger 3500 aircraft, entering service in the second half of 2022. This aircraft will have a brand-new interior and a host of innovations and was proudly designed through a sustainable lens.

Bombardier’s commitment to sustainability is also on display during this tour, as the Challenger 350 and Global 7500 aircraft are travelling through Europe on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), refined by Neste. Bombardier is a longtime proponent of the widespread adoption and availability of this fuel as an effective tool toward the industry’s goal to minimize its carbon footprint.

Visits to the aircraft are by appointment, and guests are required to follow COVID-19 protocols in place.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

BombardierChallenger 350Challenger 3500, Global, Global 7500 and Nuage are registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Sundt Air Proudly Adds Third Bombardier Challenger Business Jet to its Fleet

  • Challenger 350 aircraft boasts an unparalleled cabin, a smooth ride and the lowest direct operating costs in its category
  • Sundt Air, Norway’s largest business jet operator, will offer its newest Challenger 350 business jet for charter out of Oslo, Norway

MONTREAL, July 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier and Sundt Air are pleased to announce the recent delivery of a brand-new Challenger 350 business jet. Sundt Air, an executive charter, aircraft management, and special mission company based in Norway, will manage the Challenger 350 business jet out of Oslo. The aircraft will be available for charter starting in July 2021.

“The Challenger 350 business jet allows passengers to remain comfortable, productive and well-rested as more people seek out safe and flexible alternative ways to travel,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales, New Aircraft, Bombardier. “The iconic, market-leading Challenger 350 aircraft continues to be a top choice among the most discerning travellers.”

“As the largest operator of business jets in Norway, we are thrilled to add another Challenger 350 aircraft to our fleet,” said Tor Bratli, CEO, Sundt Air. “Our customers appreciate the Challenger 350 jet’s ideal combination of optimal performance and superior cabin comfort.”

From Western Europe, the Challenger 350 business jet can take eight (8) passengers nonstop all the way to North America or fly from Oslo to Dubai. Its runway agility enables it to operate from highly sought-after European destinations such as Lugano and Cannes and from short runways, such as in Gstaad, Switzerland. In 2019, the Challenger 350 aircraft successfully completed a record speed flight from Gstaad to Malaga, Spain, completing the mission in two (2) hours and four (4) minutes at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82. The Challenger 350 aircraft is also certified for steep approach into London City Airport.

A force in the business jet industry, the Challenger 350 aircraft strengthens its position year after year with enhancements and upgrades to its winning combination of performance and cabin experience. Among pilots, the Challenger 350 aircraft is recognized as being agile, reliable and a pleasure to fly. The Challenger 350 aircraft was the most-delivered business jet in the Medium category in 2020, making it the category leader for a seventh consecutive year. Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is designed to access challenging airfields, climb faster and cruise efficiently while providing a smooth ride.

Sundt Air is the largest business aircraft operator in Norway and manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize and super-midsize aircraft in Europe. The Challenger 350 business jet continues to take centre stage as the preferred choice for Sundt Air’s luxury travel experiences.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of over 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Airshare Plans to Double Fractional Fleet with Addition of Bombardier’s Best-Selling Challenger 350 Business Jets

  • Airshare announces purchase of three Challenger 350 aircraft for delivery by year end with options for an additional 17 business jets over the next few years
  • Market-leading Challenger 350 aircraft is ideally suited to launch Airshare into super midsize segment
  • The high-performing Challenger 350 aircraft is the undisputed champion of successful fleet operators
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MONTREAL, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today welcomed Airshare as its newest fleet operator for its best-selling Challenger 350 business jets. Airshare has ordered three super midsize Challenger 350 aircraft, with options for 17 more, which will enable the Kansas City-based private aviation company to double the size of its fractional ownership fleet in the near future.

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“We appreciate the confidence Airshare has expressed in our Challenger 350 aircraft. This jet is the all-round performer. No other aircraft in the category comes close to its superior reliability, range, speed, performance, cabin experience and operating costs,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier. “Airshare is one of the most successful fractional programs in the country. We are proud they have chosen the Challenger 350 aircraft to anchor their fleet, and we are extremely excited about the potential of this long-term partnership.”

“The addition of super midsize jets into our fleet represents a significant milestone in our vision to intelligently expand the Airshare brand nationally,” said John Owen, President and CEO of Airshare. “Considerable due diligence went into choosing the Challenger 350 business jet, with input from our current customers and contributions from every department in the company. Partnering with Bombardier puts us in an excellent position to attract future customers who have wanted to join our program but desired a larger aircraft with greater range, while also ensuring we continue to deliver best-in-class service that has become synonymous with Airshare.”

Airshare selected the Challenger 350 aircraft as the catalyst for strategically expanding its revolutionary fractional ownership program beyond its core markets in the central United States, with the goal to soon begin serving customers on the East Coast. Airshare’s days-based program appeals to both business and leisure travelers seeking to maximize their efficiency and productivity.

Airshare’s fractional program provides each owner of a 1/16th share with 20 days and unlimited flight time (based on a customer’s allocation of days with a maximum 14-hour crew duty day). When Airshare shareowners begin and end in the same location, while keeping the aircraft and crew with them, they save up to 35 per cent off their hourly rate. Having the pilots and aircraft stay with shareowners as they travel provides the ultimate in flexibility as they are able to visit multiple locations and adjust their schedules at a moment’s notice.

Airshare also offers its own jet card program, EMBARK, as well as aircraft management, on-demand charter and maintenance services.

In 2020, the Challenger 350 business jet once again cemented its position as the most-delivered business jet in the Medium category seven years in a row. A true powerhouse in the industry, the Challenger 350 aircraft sets the standard by which other super midsize aircraft are compared.

To complement its superior performance capabilities, Bombardier continues to introduce value-added enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft cabin, including an expanded selection of stylish interior design schemes, high-speed Ka-band connectivity and an advanced cabin management system. The Challenger 350 aircraft also sets the benchmark for its impressive dispatch reliability rate along with the lowest direct operating costs in its category, thanks to affordable maintenance programs and longer maintenance intervals than any competitor.

About Airshare
Airshare is the safe and simple way to fly private. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., the private aviation company serves fractional shareowners and EMBARK® jet cardholders across the central United States. Airshare has received IS-BAO Stage 3 and ARGUS Platinum designations, meeting the highest international standards for safe flight operations. The company operates a fleet of super midsize and light jets within their fractional and EMBARK programs. Airshare provides whole aircraft management and charter services nationwide, while also providing comprehensive maintenance services for third-party aircraft. For more information visit www.flyairshare.com.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of more than 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

FAA and EASA Approve Viasat’s Ka-band In-Flight Connectivity System for Bombardier Challenger 300-Series Aircraft

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  • Certification enables operators of Bombardier Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft to benefit from Viasat’s fastest available download speeds in the super midsize segment
  • Bombardier continues to enhance available services for customers via its growing worldwide support network

MONTREAL and CARLSBAD, Calif., April 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier and global communications company Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) are pleased to announce regulatory approval for the installation and use of Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) business aviation system on in-service Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft, for their fastest available download speeds in the super midsize segment. This solution is also offered for new Challenger 350 business jets, further strengthening the aircraft’s winning combination of performance and cabin experience. Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) have been successfully received from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Viasat first announced it would bring enhanced cabin connectivity to Bombardier Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 business jets in July 2020. Regulatory approval clears the way for operators of those aircraft to have Viasat’s Ka-band Global Aero Terminal 5510 installed for a premier in-cabin internet experience over the most heavily travelled flight routes and regions. Installation of the Viasat system will be available at Bombardier’s worldwide network of service centres.

“Bombardier is excited to offer customers the Viasat Ka-Band system, which provides enriched in-flight connectivity for passengers and crew in all phases of flight,” said Elza Brunelle-Yeung, Senior Director of Products, Pricing and Digital for Bombardier’s Service and Support, and Corporate Strategy organization. “This enhanced connectivity further elevates the unmatched cabin experience and smooth ride aboard our Challenger 300-series aircraft.”

With recent announcements highlighting the rapid growth of Bombardier’s worldwide support network, including in Melbourne and Berlin, the introduction of several exciting new products and services and the latest developments in the Smart Link Plus program, Bombardier continues to build on its commitment to provide customers with the best service experience in the industry today.

Claudio D’Amico, Viasat’s business area director, Business Aviation, added: “Achieving STC approval for the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft enables Challenger operators to take advantage of Viasat’s ‘no speed limit’ Ka-band IFC service – our fastest, most robust business aviation IFC offering in the super midsize business jet market. Our service supports business-critical productivity capabilities including video conferencing and VPN access, as well as simultaneous use of entertainment apps including video and audio streaming.”

Today, the Viasat Global Aero Terminal 5510 terminal communicates with Viasat’s ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and KA-SAT satellite platforms, and is expected to be forward-compatible with Viasat’s next-generation satellite system. Forward-compatibility will allow customers to install the Viasat shipset and subscribe to a Viasat service package today, with assurances that they can access additional satellite capacity and expanded coverage once the ViaSat-3 constellation is launched and operational.

For more information about Viasat’s business aviation solutions, please visit: www.viasat.com/business-aviation 

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier Confirms VistaJet as Customer for Previously Disclosed Order for 10 Challenger 350 Aircraft

From VistaJet
  • VistaJet announcement also reveals that the worldwide operator has taken delivery of its first two Global 7500 aircraft
  • Bombardier’s refreshed portfolio of business jets, including the flagship Global family and the best-selling Challenger platform, is well-positioned to meet growing interest in private aviation

MONTREAL, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to confirm that worldwide fleet operator VistaJet is the customer for a previously disclosed firm order for 10 Challenger 350 business jets. Bombardier announced the sale involving its best-selling Challenger platform on December 23. It was one of the largest biggest jet orders of 2020.

VistaJet, a longtime Bombardier customer, has also taken delivery of its first two Global 7500 business jets. The flagship Global 7500 business jet elevates the passenger experience with the smoothest ride and a true four-zone cabin designed to be a home and office in the skies. Bombardier recently celebrated the milestone 50th delivery of this unparalleled aircraft, which has the longest range among business jets.

Leading global business aviation company VistaJet said in a press release issued today that its firm order for 10 Challenger 350 business jets is in response to “a growing and urgent demand” in the super midsize segment. The best-selling Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft represents the total package of performance and cabin experience. It is the ideal business jet to respond to a growing interest in private aviation amid a worldwide pandemic.

Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier, said: “We are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with VistaJet and are thrilled that they have again chosen Bombardier aircraft to support their fleet expansion plans. With unmatched performance and comfort, the Global 7500 and Challenger 350 are the perfect aircraft to support VistaJet’s rapid growth as more people turn to business aviation and the enhanced safety and reliability it provides.”

Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman, VistaJet, said: “It is an incredibly exciting time as VistaJet transforms the architecture of how companies and individuals fly. We continue to see rapid acceleration in new Members, which is driven by corporate and executive demand for our business mobility offerings. Global private aviation networks will be even more vital to support businesses and the economy. The expansion of our worldwide fleet will guarantee our customers full confidence in a consistent flying experience anywhere in the world — offering the best value in the industry through our unique asset-light flight solutions. We remain committed to providing critical support to businesses in this new world — we kept our business steady during 2020 and we are already seeing much increased demand for VistaJet’s asset-free solutions in 2021 and beyond.”

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier Challenger 350 Jet Most Delivered in Category for Seventh Consecutive Year, Company Also Ends 2020 With Highest Total Market Share in Fourth Quarter

MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier announced today that its best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft was the most-delivered medium category business jet in 2020, making it the category leader for a seventh consecutive year. As detailed in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual shipment and billings report released February 24, the company also outpaced competitors by delivering 44 aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2020. This accomplishment was driven by a record 16 Global 7500 business jet deliveries in that timeframe.

Bombardier’s comprehensive family of business jets firmly positions it to respond to the growing interest in private aviation and the enhanced safety they provide during these exceptional times.

As more people seek to avoid crowds and interest in fractional and air charter increases, the best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft is there to take passengers where they need to be, and it continues to surpass expectations while doing so.

In 2020, Bombardier announced a firm order for 10 Challenger 350 aircraft in a transaction valued at $267 million U.S. and also marked the 350th delivery of the Challenger 350 business jet, a milestone reached after only seven years in service. The best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft now features an expanded selection of sophisticated and contemporary interior design schemes, high-speed Viasat Ka-band connectivity and a refreshed cabin management system, inspired by the industry’s flagship Global 7500 business jet.

In addition to the Challenger 350 aircraft, Bombardier’s Challenger 650 business jet is a masterful expression of high-end craftsmanship and functionality. With its ideal combination of range, speed and field performance capabilities, the Challenger 650 aircraft is perfectly suited for both private and specialized missions, including medevac. The Challenger 650 aircraft is in service with many governments worldwide for various special missions.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.

Bombardier Takes Next Steps in its Smart Link Plus Connected Aircraft Program, Now Booking In-service Aircraft for Smart Link Plus Box Installs

  • Free-of-charge Smart Link Plus box enables operators to make data-driven decisions and maximize operational efficiency
  • Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft customers can book Smart Link Plus box installation from mid-2021 across Bombardier Service Centre network
  • Subscribers benefit from exclusive, user-friendly data visualization tool, accessible from any personal electronic device

MONTREAL, Jan. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced the latest advancements in its comprehensive Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program. Effective immediately, operators of Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft can reserve their exclusive appointment at a Bombardier Service Centre for the installation of the free-of-charge* Smart Link Plus box as early as mid-2021. Installations for additional Challenger and Global aircraft to follow.

Smart Link Plus data visualization tool

With Smart Link Plus, Bombardier customers will have the unique ability to make real-time data-driven decisions in-flight to effectively dispatch, troubleshoot and track their aircraft service needs. The Smart Link Plus box is an advanced Health Monitoring Unit developed exclusively for Bombardier aircraft in collaboration with GE Aviation. It generates crucial aircraft data that enables flight and maintenance crews to quickly and efficiently prioritize and proactively troubleshoot essential fault notifications on aircraft with in-flight alerts, increasing an aircraft’s operational efficiency.

“Bombardier business aircraft customers deserve the most effective and comprehensive technology available to maximize the value of their precious aviation assets – and Smart Link Plus delivers on this promise,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier Aviation. “As this innovative program continues to evolve, more Bombardier aircraft customers will benefit from the attributes it provides, helping them make concrete maintenance decisions by leveraging fleet-wide big data.”

The Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program, including the Smart Link Plus box, was first introduced on the Bombardier flagship Global 7500 aircraft and customers continue to benefit from its advanced data-driven capabilities. More than 95% of current Global 7500 aircraft customers have enrolled in Smart Link Plus services, and Bombardier has full confidence the program will successfully transition to other aircraft in its Challenger and Global fleets.

Ground crews can use the program’s remote parameter display to independently monitor an aircraft while in-flight to assist in finding the root cause of a fault notification. This information request can be done without having to distract the flight crew. While in-flight, the Smart Link Plus service automatically sends takeoff, landing and in-flight fault notifications together with contextual data. Full flight data is automatically transmitted and accessible once the aircraft has landed. Access to full aircraft systems data provides additional information required to troubleshoot more complex faults.

Aircraft data is also displayed in an easy-to-use, intuitive, user-friendly Bombardier application and is available anytime, anywhere on any personal electronic device. Additionally, Bombardier’s 24/7 Customer Response Centre (CRC) and dedicated team of experts and specialists can support troubleshooting efforts using Bombardier’s data visualization tool and organize additional support as required.

Achieving the full benefits of the Smart Link Plus program can be done in three easy steps: customers must first ensure the Smart Link Plus box is installed; then the customer must sign into the online tool to enable data consultation from their own device. Finally, the full benefit of the connected aircraft program requires that aircraft be equipped with a SATCOM or ATG cabin internet system to enable in-flight functionalities. Customers are required to subscribe to an annual connected aircraft service package. New and existing Smart Parts and Smart Pubs customers can get a discount of up to 15% on the annual subscription.

With recent announcements highlighting Service Centre growth and expansion in Melbourne and Berlin, the introduction of several, exciting new products and services and the latest developments in the Smart Link Plus program, Bombardier continues to build on its commitment to provide customers with the best service experience in the industry today.

Latitude 33 Aviation Proudly Adds Another New Bombardier Challenger 350 Business Jet to its Fleet

  • Challenger 350 aircraft boasts an unparalleled cabin, a smooth ride and the lowest direct operating costs in its category
  • Latitude 33 Aviation to offer its newest Challenger 350 business jet for charter out of San Diego

MONTREAL, Jan. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier and Latitude 33 Aviation are pleased to announce the recent delivery of a brand-new Challenger 350 business jet, which will be available for charter out of the U.S. West Coast.

Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company based in California, will manage the Challenger 350 business jet out of San Diego on behalf of the aircraft owner. The aircraft will be available for charter starting in January 2021.

“The Challenger 350 business jet provides a spacious, comfortable and productive alternative to commercial travel, especially as passengers seek to avoid crowds,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New Aircraft, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The iconic, market-leading Challenger 350 aircraft is a top choice among the most discerning travellers.”

The Challenger 350 aircraft holds the coveted title of best-selling super-midsize business jet for six consecutive years, and is growing increasingly popular in California. In fact, from 2017 until the third quarter of 2020, the Challenger 350 business jet accounts for 60 per cent of super-midsize deliveries in that state, outperforming all of its competitors combined.

Out of San Diego, the Challenger 350 business jet’s range of 3,200 nautical miles – at full fuel with eight passengers – can take passengers to New York or Honolulu, nonstop. This high-performing aircraft can also provide quick and convenient access to ski resorts with high elevation and variable weather such as Aspen, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“From day one, our company’s mission has always been to deliver a premium level of aircraft management service not found anywhere else. We are pleased to have provided another exceptional acceptance experience for our client and are privileged to have this extraordinary aircraft join our growing fleet of super-midsize aircraft,” said Solomon Short, Director of Operations at Latitude 33 Aviation.

Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize and super-midsize aircraft in North America. The Challenger 350 aircraft continues to take center stage and to be the preferred choice for Latitude 33 Aviation’s luxury travel experiences.

A force in the business jet industry, the Challenger 350 aircraft strengthens its position year after year with enhancements and upgrades to its winning combination of performance and cabin experience. Among pilots, the Challenger 350 aircraft is recognized as being agile, reliable and a pleasure to fly.

Bombardier Announces Sale of 10 Challenger 350 Business Jets

  • Firm commitment from undisclosed customer represents one of the largest business jet orders of 2020
  • Deal underscores desirability of best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft amid strong interest in business aviation and the enhanced safety it provides 
  • Challenger 350 business jet has a winning combination of proven performance and cabin experience that is unrivalled in its class

MONTREAL, Dec. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier is pleased to announce a firm order for 10 Challenger 350 aircraft in a transaction valued at $267 million U.S., based on 2020 list prices.

“This order highlights the tremendous value customers place on the unmatched capabilities of our aircraft,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “Bombardier’s newly refreshed portfolio and growing service network position the company well to respond to growing interest in private aviation and the enhanced safety it provides.”

The Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft holds the coveted title of best-selling super midsize business jet since entering service six years ago, and continues to strengthen its position with performance enhancements and cabin upgrades. Discerning passengers seek out the Challenger 350 business jet thanks to its spacious and sleek design, productive environment, quiet cabin and smooth ride.

With a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200-nautical-mile range, the Challenger 350 business jet can connect New York to Los Angeles or London, and Paris to Dubai nonstop.*