June 8, 2017
The Challenger 600 is a twin turbofan large-cabin wide-body business jet best recognized for its very wide cabin (only Falcon 900 is wider; by 1 inch). 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 April 2017, 100% of the Challenger 600 aircraft were purchased pre-owned by their current owners. Currently, 24.6% are for sale with a fraction of those (25%) under an exclusive broker agreement. When for sale, the average time on the market is 679 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. A total of 85 Challenger 600 aircraft have been manufactured with 65 in operation today.
There are 65 Challenger 600 aircraft in operation today. 64 of these are wholly owned with 1 in shared ownership. 1 of the 65 is currently leased. North America has the largest percentage of Challenger 600 aircraft (75%), followed by Asia (14%).