Even the world’s most opulent first and business class cabins have their downsides. You may have a suite all to yourself, but you would still be just another customer among many others, bound by flight schedules, any potential delays, baggage check-ins and check-outs, and a whole plethora of unfortunate, yet necessary realities of airplane travel. Now, imagine a different scenario, writes Thomas Hughes.
You recline within the most luxurious seat in a cabin that is absolutely yours to do with as you please. Whether in peaceful quietude or in your entourage of partners, family or friends, you get to spend quality time whilst traveling the world. You set your own schedules, you plan where and when you need to land, and you get to enjoy whatever selection of drinks and meals you wish during the flight…Nothing can quite compare to the feeling of slicing across the international skies within the comfort of your very own private jet.
So, now you want your own personal airplane. Which one do you get? It’s an alluring purchase, but the options are many, and how do you know which one is right for you? We constantly scout the market for the best jets out there, so read on to find out more!
SPACIOUS AND COMFORTABLE
This time around, we would like to introduce the Bombardier Challenger 605. Part of the Bombardier Challenger 600 series - a family of business jets in the super-midsize category produced by Canadair from the early 1980s, the 605 was introduced in early 2006 with improvements from the 604 in avionics and structure. Among other things, it features larger cabin windows and a new display system for pilots.
Speaking of pilot systems, seeing as your pilot’s efficiency is instrumental for your safety, the Challenger 605 features a fully configurable Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite that offers pilots instant and intuitive access to critical flight data. The integrated package includes four vertically aligned, 10”x12” LCD displays and the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS).
Now, in regard to your own comfort, the 605 is renowned for its particularly commodious 1,150-cubic-foot cabin. It is 8.2-foot wide, and offers 6 feet of headroom, which is plenty of space to avoid feeling like you’re crammed into a can! The spaciousness is reinforced by its wider windows, that are set higher, on eye-level with a seated passenger. The configuration of the cabin is normally set up for 9 passengers and it can be adjusted between individual, fully reclining chairs or couches lining the sides. Each seat is equipped with sidewall tables and footrests.
A WELL BALANCED JET
The Bombardier Challenger 605 is particularly popular with long flights, having a maximum range of 4,000 nM and a take-off weight of 21,863 t. Sitting at $26,700,000 USD, it is also among the more affordable jets on the market! While it is primarily used by airline companies, some celebrities own it personally, such as Lewis Hamilton. Overall, the 605 is a very well balanced jet with great features and a competitive price tag.