Despite the Challenger 350 and Citation Latitude being in difference aircraft categories (Large and Medium respectively), they are fair aircraft to compare. Moreover, it is a comparison that potential private jet customers have requested.
For example, if you are looking to fly from New York to Los Angeles, both these aircraft will be a viable choice. Therefore, how do you decide which one is better suited to your needs?
In this comparison between the Challenger 350 and Cessna Latitude, many variables will be considered. From factors such as performance (air and ground) and range to interiors and costs.
The Bombardier Challenger 350 is powered by two Honeywell HTF7350 turbofan engines. Each engine is capable of producing 7,323 lbs of thrust. This power is able to propel the Challenger to a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.
In comparison, the Cessna Citation Latitude is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines. The Latitude is slightly down on power, with each engine producing 5,907 lbs of thrust. Despite this, the Latitude can cruise just as high as the Challenger, with a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.
Additionally, the lower maximum thrust output of the Latitude doesn’t slow it down much in the cruise. The Latitude has a maximum cruise speed of 446 knots. In comparison, the Challenger 350 is able to cruise just 2 knots faster, with a maximum cruise speed of 448 knots.
This is a difference that will never be noticed in the real world.
Comparing the range of these two aircraft is where the first significant difference in performance can be found.
While the Challenger 350 can fly up to 3,200 nautical miles without needing to refuel, the Latitude will need to refuel after 2,700 nautical miles. Use this range tool to visualize the difference.
This difference in range results in the Challenger 350 being able to just about cross the Atlantic on one tank of fuel – crossing from New York to London. The Latitude is unable to make this crossing. If flying from New York to London on the Latitude you would run out of fuel just before getting to Ireland.
This is a significant difference – one likely to be felt in the real world. The range difference between these two aircraft is Atlantic sized. The Challenger 350 is a transatlantic aircraft, the Cessna Citation Latitude is not.
The minimum take off distance of these aircraft will come as no surprise.
The Latitude can take off in a shorter distance than the Challenger 350. The minimum take off distance for the Latitude comes in at 3,580 feet. In comparison the Challenger 350 requires at least 4,835 feet to take off.
The minimum landing distance of these aircraft is extremely similar, with a difference of just 116 feet. Precise numbers are as follows. The Cessna Citation Latitude has a minimum landing distance of 2,480 feet. Whereas the Bombardier Challenger 350 has a minimum landing distance of 2,364 feet.
Given that the Challenger 350 is in a larger class of jet compared with the Latitude, it will come as no surprise that the Challenger 350 has a larger interior.
The interior of the Challenger 350 measures 7.68 meters long, 2.19 meters wide and 1.83 meters tall.
On the other hand, the Cessna Latitude measures 6.63 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and 1.83 meters tall.
Therefore, the cabin of the Challenger 350 is larger and, as a result, can carry more passengers. The Challenger 350 is able to carry up to 10 passengers while the Latitude can carry up to 9.
Deliveries of both aircraft started at around the same time. For example, deliveries of the Challenger 350 started in 2014. Just one year later Cessna began deliveries of the Latitude. Therefore, both interiors should be on the same level. You would expect both aircraft to have similar features from the factory.
One area where these two aircraft differ considerably on the inside is the maximum cabin altitude. The Challenger 350 has a maximum cabin altitude of 7,848 feet. In comparison the Latitude has a maximum cabin altitude of 5,950 feet.
Both these values represent that cabin altitude when each aircraft is flying at 45,000 feet. Therefore, especially considering that the Challenger 350 can fly further, it is a notable fact that the Latitude has a lower cabin altitude. Especially when one of the key benefits of a lower cabin altitude is reduced effects of jet lag.
Challenger 350 Interior
On the inside the Challenger 350 features exceptional craftsmanship, carefully selected finishes, large windows and angled touch screens. Optionally experience Ka-band and 4g air-to-ground internet. This allows you to stream music, watch movies & participate in video conferences.
Flying the Challenger 350 gives you the ability to control the cabin from the comfort of every seat. The cabin management system of the 350 has been inspired by Bombardier’s flagship aircraft – the Global 7500. The cabin management system allows you to connect to your personal devices with a super simple user interface.
Citation Latitude Interior
In comparison, the Latitude features a fully electric door. The electric door is large and easy to climb up. As a result, getting in and out of the aircraft is extremely easy.
Once inside the cabin you will find two seats facing you. These seats can be optionally replaced with a larger refreshment center. However, a larger refreshment center will reduce the seating capacity of the aircraft. Having the refreshment center will enable passengers to enjoy a greater variety of hot and cold food, along with making food preparation easier.
Cessna have provided passengers on the Latitude with the ability to stay connected during the flight. A state-of-the-art cabin management system allows customers to control the cabin from the comfort of their own seat. Furthermore, the wireless cabin management comes as standard and allows for access to digital media, moving maps and satellite radio.
The rear of the cabin features a spacious and customizable lavatory. According to Cessna, the rear lavatory is 60 percent larger than its closest competitor. Cessna describe the lavatory as “exceptionally spacious”.
Bombardier Challenger 350 Interior
Cessna Citation Latitude
The estimated hourly charter price of each aircraft is an interesting topic. Of course, depending on the mission profile prices will vary. This is because there are a number of factors that influence the hourly price of a private jet.
However, generally speaking the Latitude is a less expensive jet to charter. The estimated hourly price of a Cessna Citation Latitude is $4,000. Conversely, the Challenger 350’s estimated hourly price is $4,950.
Therefore, flying from New York to Los Angeles you would expect the Challenger 350 to be around 1/5 more expensive.
And finally, the purchase price of each aircraft. How much does it cost if you were to buy theses aircraft new from the factory.
The list price of a new Bombardier Challenger 350 is $26 million. In comparison, if you were to buy a new Cessna Citation Latitude you would expect to pay $18 million.
On the pre-owned market, a 2018 Challenger 350 would likely cost $14 million. In comparison, a 2018 Cessna Citation Latitude would likely cost $13 million.
Therefore, if you are purchasing on the pre-owned market (where 85% of purchases are made), these aircraft are in direct competition. Moreover, the depreciation of the Latitude is not as significant as the Challenger 350. In just three years the Challenger 350 is expected to lose almost half its initial value. Whereas the Latitude loses less than 30%.
So, which is best? Which aircraft should you choose – the Bombardier Challenger 350 or the Cessna Citation Latitude?
Ultimately, the Challenger 350 provides greater flexibility thanks to its larger range and interior. On the other hand, the Challenger 350 demonstrates a more significant depreciation curve.
Therefore, if you are looking to purchase an aircraft a pre-owned example of the Challenger 350 demonstrates a great prospect. It is the same value as the Latitude but larger inside with greater range. This increases the mission versatility.