The Challenger 650 and Falcon 2000LXS are more similar than you might first think.
Both aircraft can fly the same distance without needing to refuel. Both aircraft have similar purchase prices. Cabin dimensions are nearly identical.
Therefore, how do you figure out which jet is better?
Well, despite many similarities between these two super midsize jets, there are some stark differences. And this comparison will highlight these differences.
Firstly, general performance. This a metric that is both important and easy to compare.
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 lbs.
On the other hand, the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 7,000 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Falcon 2000LXS is 14,000 lbs.
When it comes to cruise speed, the Challenger 650 is able to just beat the Falcon. Clearly, the additional 3,000 lbs of thrust give the Challenger 650 a tangible advantage.
The maximum cruise speed of the Challenger 650 comes in at 488 knots. Whereas the maximum cruise speed of the Falcon 2000LXS is 470 knots.
However, somewhat unexpectedly, the Challenger 650 is unable to cruise as high as the 2000LXS. The 2000LXS has a maximum cruise altitude of 47,000 feet while the Challenger 650 is limited to just 41,000 feet.
The Challenger 650 has a fuel burn of just 310 Gallons per Hour (GPH). In comparison, the Falcon 2000LXS burns 269 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
This is a difference in fuel burn that you wallet will certainly appreciate.
When it comes to the maximum distance that these aircraft can fly without needing to refuel, officially at least, these aircraft are identical.
Both the Challenger 650 and Dassault Falcon 2000LXS can fly non-stop for up to 4,000 nautical miles (4,603 miles / 7,408 kms) without needing to refuel.
You can visualize this type of range by using this simple tool.
For reference, both of these private jets will be able to comfortably fly non-stop between New York and Europe. However, with more passengers and weight, both aircraft will see a significant decrease in range.
Of course, as with every manufacturer stated range figures, these numbers are somewhat optimistic.
Given the previous similarities between these aircraft, it comes as no surprise that the similarities continue.
When assessing ground performance – essentially how much runway is required to get these aircraft to and from the sky – it is extremely similar.
The Bombardier Challenger 650 has a minimum take off distance of 5,640 feet. In comparison the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS has a minimum take off distance of 5,878 feet.
The Challenger 650 has a minimum landing distance of 2,402 feet. Whereas the minimum landing distance of the Falcon 2000LXS is 2,260 feet.
When seeking out airports that these aircraft can operate in and out of, there are unlikely to be airports that one aircraft can operate from but the other can’t.
Once again, the similarities between these aircraft continue through to the cabin.
One area where the Falcon 2000LXS easily trumps the Challenger 650 is interior length. When it comes to interior length, the Challenger 650’s cabin measures 7.8 meters long. In comparison, the Falcon 2000LXS’s measures 7.98 meters length.
Next up is interior width.The Challenger 650’s cabin measures 2.41 meters in width. In comparison, the Falcon 2000LXS’s cabin measures 2.34 meters wide. A difference like this is so minor that, unless you always travel with a tape measure, you will not notice this.
Finally, cabin height. The Challenger 650’s cabin measures 1.83 meters in height. For reference, the Falcon 2000LXS measures 1.88 in interior height.
When it comes to passenger capacity, the numbers do come as a surprise. Officially, the Challenger 650 is capable of carrying up to 12. Whereas the Falcon 2000LXS has an official maximum passenger occupancy of 10.
Given that the Falcon 2000LXS has a longer cabin than the Challenger 650, one would typically expect the Falcon to have more seats. However, it is unlikely that these jets will ever fly with every possible seat filled.
And finally, baggage capacity. The Challenger 650 can accommodate 115 cubic feet of luggage. Meanwhile, the Falcon 2000LXS has space for up to 131 cubic feet of baggage. Of course, while more luggage space is always a benefit, it will result in more weight. And more weight will result in reduced range and increased fuel burn.
And, you guessed it, the similarities between these aircraft just keep on coming.
For example, deliveries of the Challenger 650 began in 2015, compared with deliveries of the Falcon 2000LXS starting in 2014.
However, an area where the Challenger does have a clear advantage is cabin altitude. A lower cabin altitude will result in a more pleasant cabin environment and reduce the effects of jet lag. The maximum cabin altitude of the Challenger 650 is just 7,000 feet compared with a maximum cabin altitude of 8,000 feet for the Falcon 2000LXS.
Please note that these cabin altitude figures are when each aircraft is cruising at their maximum altitude. For the Challenger 650 that is 41,000 feet. For the Falcon 2000LXS that is 47,000 feet. Therefore, in reality, these aircraft are evenly matched for cabin altitude.
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
Dassault Falcon 2000LXS
Dassault Falcon 2000LXS
Inside the Falcon 2000LXS passengers are treated to peace and quiet. According to Dassault; passengers flying the 2000LXS “travel queitly, graciously and productively”.
The interior of the 2000LXS is spacious, stylish and quiet. The 2000LXS has a large interior for its segment and is described as being generous and luxurious in every way. No matter how long the flight is passengers will be comfortable.
Dassault have outfitted the aircraft with advanced connection technology and an intuitive cabin management system. The cabin management system is compatible with most smartphones, allowing you to control the cabin from everywhere.
The Falcon 2000LXS is 7 feet and 8 inches wide inside. This makes the cabin wider and more inviting than most of its competitors. The 2000LXS can accommodate up to 10 passengers for up to eight hours and features a fully flat floor, headroom comes in at 6 feet 2 inches. Therefore, most passengers will be able to comfortably move around the cabin and stand up.
Dassault have been able to fit eighteen large windows that drench the interior in light. Windows are strategically placed next to seats in order to provide every passenger with a view. Frequent air circulation and fresh air ensures that you stay refreshed. As a result, jet lag should be reduced to a minimum on long flights.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the Bombardier Challenger 650 is more expensive than the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS. 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 Falcon 2000LXS is $5,500.
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.
And finally, how much does each aircraft cost to buy? Of course, as you probably guessed, the list price of each aircraft is remarkably similar.
The Bombardier Challenger 650 has a new list price of $32 million. In comparison the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS has a new list price of $34 million.
However, the purchase price of these aircraft starts to get really interesting when looking at their pre-owned value. Please note that values are according to Aircraft Bluebook.
Over a five year time period, the Challenger 650 has an estimated pre-owned value of $15 million. As a result, the Challenger 650 is expected to retain 47% of its original value over a five year time span.
In comparison, a five year old Falcon 2000LXS is estimated to cost $22 million. This, therefore, results in the Falcon 2000LXS will see a 65% retention of value over the same time period.
This is a critical difference between these jets. The Falcon 2000LXS retains its value far better than the Challenger 650.
So, which one should you pick?
These aircraft are similar is most measurable ways. Therefore, the decision will ultimately come down to personal preference and price.
When chartering you are more likely to find a Challenger 650 available than a Falcon 2000LXS. However, if you were to be presented with both options, choose the more cost efficient one.
However, if you are looking to purchase one of these jets then the Falcon 2000LXS is the clear winner. This is due to its ability to retain its value better and a lower hourly fuel burn.