Vehicles | November 28, 2021 1:07 pm

The Bombardier Challenger 3500 Blends Haptic Controls With Zero-Gravity Seating

It builds on the success of the Challenger 350

Challenger 3500
Bombardier's Challenger 3500.

What do you do when you make one of the world’s pre-eminent business jets? In the case of Bombardier and the company’s Challenger 350, you further hone what made the jet appealing in the first place — and then add a number of design features that resonate even more deeply in light of the ongoing pandemic. Hence the name of the new Challenger 3500 — less a new edition than a magnification of what drew a growing number of people to its predecessor.

The first Challenger 3500s are set to be delivered to buyers in the second half of next year. The cost? $26.7 million.

As for what you’ll get for your money, a new article at Robb Report offers a good breakdown. That includes a “zero-gravity” seat design, intended to relieve lower back pressure, as well as haptic controls in lieu of cabin buttons around the aircraft. The article points out that a number of interior design changes were done with the intention of making those spaces easier to clean.

Based on initial reports, it sounds like the Challenger 3500’s changes have piqued the interest of some high-profile buyers. Earlier this fall, Reuters reported that Bombardier confirmed a $534 million order for 20 Challenger 3500s — giving the new generation of a storied plane a significant boost going forward.