With its successful Challenger family of aircraft, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier occupies a leading position in the super-midsize jet market segment. Bombardier recently launched the newest member of its business jet platform: the Challenger 3500. As a long-standing technology partner, FACC is responsible for the development and production of parts of the cabin interior of the business jet. This is a major large-scale project for the Austrian aerospace group, which is now also successfully participating in the third generation of Challenger with its tailor-made solutions.
Longstanding craftsmanship, the highest quality, reliability and only the finest premium materials: FACC has been raising business jet interiors to the highest level for decades. It is therefore not surprising that the main international airlines trust in the innovative strength of FACC. With Bombardier’s recent launch of the super-midsize Challenger 3500 business jet, the latest evolution of the famous Challenger 350, FACC was able to secure a revolutionary major project from Bombardier. Present on board since the first Challenger series, FACC will produce the cabinets, side walls, headliners, bulkheads and passenger service units for this new business jet.
Ultimate Cabin Experience, Revolutionary Design, Durable Materials
“The new Challenger 3500 aircraft represents the ultimate cabin experience, to which we will make a significant contribution. As a long-standing development and manufacturing partner, we are very proud to be able to support Bombardier as a strong partner for the Challenger 3500 – which will deliver impressive performance, consistent reliability, exceptionally smooth ride and an experience of elevated cabin. Drawing on our many years of know-how and innovative strength in complex, high-quality interior systems, our teams of FACC experts have joined forces to create a whole new business travel experience” , emphasizes Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC AG. FACC is responsible for the development, production and certification of parts of the cabin, from the interior lining and the power unit to the wardrobe, galley, miscellaneous cabinets, tables, luggage compartments, partitions, wiring and toilets. Each cabin is custom built, components are painted, plated or leather covered on request and delivered fully assembled to Bombardier’s end of line in Montreal (Canada).
Bombardier has developed its newest member of the Challenger family with a focus on sustainability. The Challenger 3500 will be the first super midsize business jet to feature an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), providing a record of the aircraft’s environmental footprint throughout its life cycle. When it comes to equipping the cabin, aircraft operators can opt for high-quality and durable materials. This is where FACC’s build quality comes in: the company has refined its processes and materials for the Challenger 3500 with an emphasis on durability and is increasingly using natural materials such as veneers. of real wood and leather to meet the highest demands of customers. For leather and the manufacture of high-end veneered and high-gloss lacquered furniture, FACC has invested in its own in-house manufacturing plant for Business Jets Monuments and is thus able to respond to individual customer requests with even more flexibility.
Eco-flight above the clouds courtesy of FACC
Over the next several years, FACC will provide Challenger 3500 jets with the highest quality cabin components and custom solutions. The mock-up of the Challenger 3500 business jet was unveiled to the market by Bombardier at the NBAA business jet show in Las Vegas. The first aircraft will be delivered in the second half of 2022. “The redesigned cabin components combine high-quality, durable materials and advanced technologies with the highest standards for aesthetics, comfort and functionality. Passengers can watch looking forward to an exceptional experience in the cabin of the new Challenger 3500,” Machtlinger comments. “What is particularly pleasing is that FACC is once again on board as a proven and trusted partner to the newest member of the Challenger family. .”
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