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Bombardier Challenger 601-3R

1993 – 1996

Key Facts

  • The Bombardier Challenger 601-3R is a large jet manufactured by Bombardier between 1993 and 1996.
  • The Bombardier Challenger 601-3R is powered by two General Electric CF34-3A1 engines, resulting in an hourly fuel burn of 310 Gallons per Hour.
  • Capable of cruising at up to 460 knots, the Bombardier Challenger 601-3R can fly non-stop for up to 3380 nautical miles.
  • The aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers.
  • The Bombardier Challenger 601-3R has an estimated hourly charter price of $6250, with a new list price of $19 million at the time of manufacture.

Challenger 601 Overview and History

The Challenger 601-3R is a twin turbofan large-cabin wide-body business jet. The 3R variant is one in the long line of Bombardier Challenger 600 series of private jets.

The first Challenger 600 was originally developed by Canadair

The 600 series is a family of business jets manufactured by Bombardier.

All of these are large business jets with generous cabin dimensions, exceptional passenger comfort, and, in later models, glass cockpit and tailcone fuel tanks. 

It is similar to its predecessor, the Challenger 601-3A model, but has upgraded engines, a fuselage tail cone fuel tank, and a 2,000 lb. gross weight increase.

The Challenger 601 series is an improvement over the Challenger 600 aircraft and consists of 3 versions – 1A, 3A, and 3R.

The Challenger 601-3R, which uses the -3A1 General Electric CF34 engine, replaced the Challenger 601-3A in 1993 as the most recent variation in the 601 series.

A total of 60 Challenger 601-3R aircraft have been manufactured with 58 in operation today.

Challenger 601-3R Performance

The Bombardier Challenger 601-3R is powered by two General Electric CF34-3A1 turbofans, each generating an impressive thrust output of 17,458 lbs (7,922 kg).

The CF34-3A1 engines enable the aircraft to reach a high-speed cruise of 460 knots (852 km/h), allowing for faster travel times. If an extended range is to be prioritized, the aircraft can transition to a long-range cruise of 425 knots (787 km/h), thereby optimizing fuel consumption.

The aircraft has a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet (12,497 m), which provides for smoother flights above turbulent weather and crowded airspace.

The increased fuel capacity of this executive jet provides an exceptional range of 3,380 nautical miles (6,260 km) is one of its defining features, enabling non-stop flights over long distances. Naturally, however, in order to achieve this range the aircraft will typically need to fly with five passengers or fewer.

As for ground performance, it boasts a takeoff distance of 6,500 feet (1,981 m), allowing it to operate at a variety of airports.

The landing distance is even more impressive at 2,700 feet (823 m), enhancing its versatility in terms of landing-site options.

It is essential to note that these figures represent the best-case scenario.

Actual range and ground performance may vary depending on numerous factors, including weather conditions, runway length, and the weight of passengers and luggage.

Challenger 601 Series Interior and Cabin

The Bombardier Challenger 601-3R boasts a comfortable and large cabin, designed to provide an unparalleled in-flight experience.

The spacious cabin boasts generous dimensions measuring 28.3 feet (8.6 meters) in length, 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) in width, and 6.1 feet (1.9 meters) in height, the aircraft offers a notable amount of standing room, thus guaranteeing freedom of movement for the passengers.

Regarding seating, the 601-3R can comfortably accommodate up to 12 passengers, though it is typically configured for 9.

The 3R variant, much like the previous 601-3AER model, features a “deluxe” galley and lavatory. 

This optimal balance between spaciousness and passenger capacity ensures both comfort and efficiency.

For smaller groups of five or fewer passengers, the 601-3R can cover a remarkable distance of 3,585 nautical miles non-stop, highlighting its versatility.

One of the key comfort features is the aircraft’s superior cabin pressurization system.

With a maximum cabin altitude of 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) and maintaining a sea-level cabin until reaching 23,200 feet (7,071 meters), the system ensures a comfortable pressure level throughout the flight.

Large windows enhance the overall ambiance, providing ample natural light and a welcoming atmosphere during daytime flights.


The cockpit features a cutting-edge glass design equipped with a fully integrated Honeywell SPZ-8000 avionics guidance system.

This integrated digital avionics system, a standard inclusion on the 601-3R, comes with left- and right-side primary flight displays, a center multifunction screen, a critical monitor system for malfunctions, a color weather radar, and an array of other navigational equipment. 

These advanced features contribute significantly to heightened situational awareness, even when visibility is limited.

Charter Flights and Cost of the Bombardier Challenger 601-3R

The Challenger 600 series of aircraft are popular for charter flights.

On average, chartering this aircraft in North America is estimated to cost around $6,100 per hour. However, it’s important to note that this is only an average estimation.

The actual charter cost can vary due to a multitude of factors. These can include the flight distance and duration, the regional cost difference, operational costs, and the demand for the aircraft at a given time. It’s always recommended to keep these variables in mind when assessing the total charter cost.

Despite these considerations, the Bombardier Challenger 601-3R offers a compelling blend of luxury, efficiency, and performance, justifying its standing in the charter market.

Purchase Price of the Bombardier Challenger 601-3R

When it comes to purchasing the Bombardier Challenger 601-3R, the financial commitment is significantly higher than chartering.

The price tag for a brand-new model was $19 million.

However, pre-owned examples can now be had for an average of $2.4 million.

Looking at the business jet market as a whole, this represents exceptional value. However, the trade-off is, of course, the fact that this is an aging airframe.

Beyond the initial purchase price, it’s crucial for potential owners to understand the ongoing costs associated with owning an aircraft. Estimated annual ownership costs for operating the Challenger 601-3R for 200 hours per year are approximately $1,007,000.






Range: 3,380 nm Number of Passengers: 12 Baggage Capacity: 115 Cubic Feet
Cruise Speed: 460 knots Cabin Pressure: 9.2 PSI Max Take-Off Weight: 45,100 lbs
Ceiling: 41,000 feet Cabin Altitude: 6,500 feet Max Landing Weight: 36,000 lbs
Take-Off Distance: 6,500 feet Production Start: 1993
Landing Distance: 2,700 feet Production End: 1996




Exterior Length: 68.5 feet Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
Exterior Height: 20.7 feet Engine Model: CF34-3A1
Wingspan: 64.3 feet Fuel Burn: 310 Gallons per Hour
Interior Length: 28.3 feet
Interior Width: 8.2 feet
Interior Height: 6.1 feet
Interior/Exterior Ratio: 41%


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