The Bombardier Challenger 650 and Bombardier Global 6000 are two interesting aircraft to compare.
While these aircraft are from two different families, they are produced by the same manufacturer.
Therefore, how much more airplane do you get progressing from the largest of the Challenger family to the smallest of the Global family?
The Bombardier Challenger 650 is powered by two General Electric CF34-3B engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 8,729 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Challenger 650 is 17,458.
On the other hand, the Bombardier Global 5000 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710-A2-20 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 14,750 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Global 5000 is 29,500.
One obvious difference between these aircraft is their maximum cruise altitude. One of the many benefits with being able to fly higher is that passengers will experience a smoother ride.
Therefore, the higher the cruise altitude, the better passenger experience. While the Challenger 650 can cruise at up to 41,000 feet, the Global 5000 easily beats this.
The maximum cruise altitude of the Global 5000 is 10,000 feet greater than that of the Challenger. As a result, the Global 5000 can cruise at up to 51,000 feet.
Additionally, the Global 5000 can fly faster than the Challenger.
The maximum cruise speed of the Challenger 650 comes in at 488 knots. Whereas the maximum cruise speed of the Global 5000 is 499 knots.
When it comes to the average hourly fuel burn of these aircraft, the Challenger 650 easily beats the Global 5000. This is, of course, not a surprise.
For reference, the Challenger 650 has a fuel burn of just 310 Gallons per Hour (GPH). In comparison, the Global 5000 burns 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
However, the similarities in range between these two aircraft is somewhat of a surprise.
The Challenger 650 falls only 1,200 nautical miles short of the Global 5000 .
The Global 5000 is capable of flying up to 5,200 nautical miles (5,984 miles / 9,630 kms) without needing to refuel.
However, the Challenger 650 can only fly up to 4,000 nautical miles (4,603 miles / 7,408 kms) non-stop.
Of course, as with every manufacturer stated range figures, these numbers are somewhat optimistic.
Surprisingly, when it comes to ground performance, the Global 5000 outperforms that Challenger 650 in every measurable way.
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take off distance of 5,540 feet. In comparison the Bombardier Challenger 650 has a minimum take off distance of 5,640 feet.
The Global 5000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet. Whereas the minimum landing distance of the Challenger 650 is 2,402 feet.
In the real world will this difference be noticed? No.
However, it is an interesting metric to compare these aircraft. This is especially true considering the fact that the Global 5000 is a larger aircraft than the Challenger 650.
Speaking of aircraft size, when it comes to interior space, the Global 5000 achieves a clear victory over the Challenger 650.
One of the most notable differences between the Global 5000 and Challenger 650 is the interior length. The Global 5000 has a far longer cabin, measuring 12.41 meters to the Challenger 650’s 7.8 meter length.
However, both aircraft are identical in width. Both the Global 5000 and Challenger 650 measure 2.41 meters in cabin width.
Furthermore, the Global 5000 has a taller cabin measuring 1.88 meters, compared with the 1.83 meter height of the Challenger 650.
Additionally, the Global 5000 is capable of carrying up to 16. Whereas the Challenger 650 has an official maximum passenger occupancy of 12.
And finally, baggage capacity. The Global 5000 can accommodate 195 cubic feet of luggage. Meanwhile the Challenger 650 is limited to just 115 cubic feet of baggage.
However, it is very rare that a business jet is configured to hold the maximum number of people, let alone actually fly at maximum capacity.
A key area to consider when comparing the interiors of these two aircraft is their cabin altitude.
A lower cabin altitude will result in a more pleasant cabin environment and reduce the effects of jet lag.
When both aircraft are flying at their respective maximum altitude (41,000 feet for the Challenger and 51,000 feet for the Global 5000), the Global has a far lower cabin altitude.
When the Global 5000 is cruising at 51,000 feet, the passengers will be breathing air like they are at 5,680 feet. In comparison, when cruising at 41,000 feet, passengers in the Challenger 650 will feet like they are breathing air from 7,000 feet.
Bombardier Challenger 650
With a total cabin volume of 1,146 cubic feet, the widest cabin in class, and Ka-band high-speed internet connectivity, the Challenger 650 jet is the perfect transportation method whether you are seeking a place to relax or a place to work.
Every aircraft features hand stitching throughout the cabin, and if you spec it, beautiful metal insert on the wide leather seats. A feature within all Challenger 650s is the absence of visible speakers in the cabin walls to provide cleaner lines throughout the cabin.
All seats are filly reclining and swivel round for maximum comfort. Every component in the aircraft has been hand-built by Bombardier at their factory in Montreal, providing you with an aircraft that is unique in the sky.
The environment within the cabin can be controlled with the mobile app which connects via Bluetooth, controlling the entertainment system and the cabin environment. In the usual configuration, passengers can expect to find four facing leather club seats in the forward section of the jet, with an additional four facing seats towards the aft of the aircraft.
Along with these four seats, guests can find a four-seat divan (with specially made cushions). If you are flying through the night (or just need a nap), the forward seats and the divan can be converted into beds. Considering that the maximum cabin altitude in the Challenger 650 is 7,000 feet, you can be sure that you will arrive at your destination feeling refreshed.
The Bombardier Challenger 650 can carry up to twelve passengers, two pilots, and one flight attendant who can cater for you using the larger appliances in the galley – allowing for faster preparation of food. The galley is hidden behind an electronically controlled door.
Bombardier Challenger 650
Bombardier Global 5000
Bombardier Global 5000
The Bombardier Global 5000 is designed in the classic Global aircraft style. That is to say, quiet, tasteful, and comfortable. Firstly, the advanced wing design of the aircraft provides passengers with a restful and smooth flight. Additionally, the aircraft features the widest cabin in its class, resulting in more room than its closest competitor. Therefore, passengers can expect maximum comfort and an exceptional cabin experience.
Entering the cabin reveals a large, re-imagined cabin interior. Seats have been sculpted to welcome the human body and the elegant lines of the cabin come together to create an aesthetic masterpiece.
The all-new seats boast outstanding width, higher armrests, and an impeccably shaped backrest. Passengers, therefore, are able to enjoy a delightful and inviting experience. Therefore making the aircraft ideally suited to long-distance travel. Ultimately, whether you are looking to work, rest or play, the Global 5000 provides the perfect environment to sit back and relax.
The Global 5000 is able to keep you always connected. No matter where you are. Bombardier has given the Global 5000 the fastest available in-flight internet connectivity technology. Therefore you will be able to keep up with work and join video conferences. If that’s not your style the WiFi is even strong enough to online game. Depending on your requirements you are able to select from multiple data packages, allowing you to choose the right speed for you.
Bombardier claims that the cabin management system on the Global 5000 is “the most comprehensive … system”. Claimed to be ultra-fast, reliable, intuitive, and hosting a large media bay. This system enables passengers to wirelessly watch movies and display documents on the large high definition TV monitors around the cabin. Passengers are able to control the entire cabin from their personal devices (iOS and Android).
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a maximum cabin altitude of just 5,680 feet and a cabin noise level of 52 decibels. This makes the Global 5000 the perfect environment to forget you are flying. The layout of the aircraft provides space for a private stateroom at the rear of the cabin. This adds a sense of tranquility, featuring large windows and a full-berthing divan, a spacious wardrobe, independent temperature control, and a lavatory. Consequently, you can be sure you will arrive at your destination feeling well-rested and ready to seize the day.
Conversely, at the front of the cabin, you will find the fully-equipped galley. Substantial storage and extensive work surfaces ensure to elevate your comfort thanks to its greater meal capabilities. The galley is set between the cockpit and main cabin area in order to increase passenger privacy.
Finally, Bombardier has made the luggage compartment accessible during the flight. This means that you are always able to access your belongings whenever you require them.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the Challenger 650 is less expensive. However, please note that there are many factors that influence the price of a private jet charter. Therefore, prices will vary depending on the mission.
The estimated hourly charter price of the Challenger 650 is $6,600.
In comparison, the estimated hourly charter price of the Global 5000 is $7,350.
Please do keep in mind that these prices are estimates only. There are a variety of factors that can and will influence the charter price of a private jet.
When it comes to purchasing these aircraft, unsurprisingly, the Challenger 650 is less expensive from new.
The new list price of a Bombardier Challenger 650 is $32 million. In comparison, the list price of a new Bombardier Global 5000 is $50 million.
However, the more important figure is the pre-owned value of these aircraft. This is because around 85% of all private jets are purchased second hand.
According to Aircraft Bluebook, the Challenger 650 is estimated to cost around $15 million after five years.
Over the same time period (five years of ownership), the Global 5000 is estimated to have a resale value of $25 million.
Therefore, in terms of percentage value retained, these aircraft are extremely similar. Over five years, the Challenger 650 will retain around 47% of its value. In comparison, the Global 5000 will hold around 50% of its original value.
So then, which aircraft is better? The Challenger 650 or Global 5000.
The Bombardier Global 5000 easily beats out the Challenger 650 when it comes to performance. The Global 5000 can fly further, faster, higher and has better field performance.
Additionally, the Global 5000 can carry more weight, more passengers and has a bigger interior.
Therefore, factoring in that the depreciation is similar for both aircraft, the Global 5000 is a better option.