The Challenger 600 is a twin turbofan large-cabin wide-body business jet best recognized for its very wide cabin. It was one of the first business jets designed with a supercritical wing. The Challenger 600 has four backup power systems, thrust reversers and APU. It is known to be a spacious, comfortable cabin with low noise and vibration levels.
As of December 2022, 98% of the Bombardier Challenger 600 aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owner, the other 2% new. 6% are for sale with the majority of those (67%) under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale the average time on the market is 413 days.
The Challenger 600 was originally developed in the mid-1970s to be the Learstar 600 in collaboration between Canadair and Bill Lear of Learjet. In 1976 Canadair purchased the Learstar rights and redesigned it to be the Challenger. It was then certified in 1980. 34 challenger 600 business jets have been retired.
There are currently 51 Bombardier Challenger 600 aircraft in operation worldwide. All of these are wholly owned. 6% are currently leased. North America has the largest percentage of wholly owned Challenger 600 aircraft (49%), followed by South America (18%) and Africa (8%).