Challenger 300: Sourcing And Customizing A Unique Aircraft

April 14, 2017  |  Aviation, David Gould, Private Aviation

In the small but rarified world of private aviation, the customer-supplier relationship can sometimes feel more like a partnership, or a meeting of the minds. XOJET, which owns and operates the Bombardier Challenger 300 within its floating charter fleet of super mid-size private jets, has a feel and affinity for this universally admired aircraft that is not so different from the manufacturer’s.  

To understand more about the making of a Challenger 300, I spoke with Bombardier’s industrial design manager Timothy Fagan, a 17-year veteran of the company’s design-engineering group, and asked him just how the customization process for XOJET unfolds.

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Watching a Bombardier Challenger 300 climb toward 41,000 feet and a cruising speed of 520 miles per hour, you’re likely to think of all the high-tech engineering that powers it in flight. But those aboard the jet are likely to be focused on its high-end interior finishes, made predominantly of leather and wood.

Sourced from European tanneries that serve high-end furniture manufacturers, the luxuriant leathers found on a Challenger 300 are customized for color, texture, grain pattern, and other subtle features. Upholstering the cabin walls as well as the seating, they help create a first impression that soothes and gratifies any boarding passenger. The best steer hides are used, matched with expensive dyes to create a warm look enhanced by deep and uniform colors.

A Guide to Choosing the Right Jet for Your Mission

One of the primary advantages of flying XOJET (and flying smart) is the complete control our clients have over aircraft selection. Unlike fractional owners who are locked into one class of aircraft, you as an XOJET client can choose between dozens of modern jets through out Preferred Partner Network—including turboprop, light, mid-size, super mid-size, and heavy jets—specifically tailored to the distance, speed, cabin, and storage space required for your trip.

To help you decide which aircraft is best suited for your missions in 2017, here is our high-level guide to select options available within XOJET’s owned and extended fleet. Welcome aboard.

Turboprops

Suitable Routes:
Los Angeles > Las Vegas
New York > Boston
San Juan > St Barths
San Francisco > Los Angeles

King Air 350

Exterior View of a King Air 350 at an FBO

Range: 2,077 miles
High Cruise Speed: 360 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,300 feet
Landing Distance: 2,692 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,731 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 35,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 416 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 71 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: With available seating up to 11, the King Air 350 sets the class standard for comfortable cabins—featuring luxurious seating, noise-dampening ride technology, and luminous natural lighting thanks to large, rounded windows. It’s the cabin you’d expect from a jet aircraft.

What You Need to Know: Though still a turboprop aircraft, the larger King Air 350 is more comparable to light jets than the PC-12. Positioned as such, the 350 offers style, comfort, and small-jet versatility for an operational cost vastly lower than its competitors. A proven classic since its first model in 1974, we recommend it as a more fuel-efficient, economical option for both business commuters and leisure travelers flying short-to-mid-range distances—and those who want a faster, more luxurious aircraft than the PC-12.
To help you decide which aircraft is best suited for your missions in 2017, here is our high-level guide to select options available within XOJET’s fleet. Welcome aboard.

Five Destinations You Can Only Reach by Private Jet

Besides comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge efficiency, flying private opens the gates to a multitude of hard-to-reach destinations.

Below is the crème de la crème of those destinations—not just difficult to reach, but quite literally impossible when flying directly on anything but a private jet or charter. Meaning, if you’re looking for a luxurious destination for your next vacation with XOJET, look no further.

Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Photo Credit: Four Seasons

XOJET Partners with Etihad Airways to Provide Exclusive Travel Benefits

Today, we are embarking on a private-commercial partnership that breaks new ground for ultra-high-net-worth flyers traveling internationally from leading private jet brand to leading international airline, Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways A380

XOJET and Noodle.ai: Shaping the Future of Dynamic Pricing

“The goal of XOJET is to give power to the passenger,” says Amit Saini, Consulting Partner for Noodle.ai. “We’re helping them do that by giving power to the XOJET pricing analyst.” He’s referring to a concept called enterprise artificial intelligence, the centerpiece for a groundbreaking new partnership with XOJET.

Fly Faster, Farther, and Brilliantly: The XOJET Citation X

October 7, 2016  |  Aviation, Private Aviation, XOJET

XOJET and JetSmarter Announce Strategic Digital Alliance to Create Unparalleled Suite of Private Jet Solutions

At XOJET we aim to provide clients with the best in private jet solutions, and it is that core value that led us to JetSmarter, the world’s largest mobile marketplace for private jets and a company that shares our mission.

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with JetSmarter, which strategically combines XOJET’s fleet of super mid-size jets and exceptional service with JetSmarter’s digital distribution channel to provide an unmatched suite of private jet solutions.

Man Walking Towards XOJET airplane - JetSmarter Partnership

Eight Things You May Not Know About Flying Private

September 8, 2016  |  Private Aviation, Travel Booking and Tips

From flexible flight routes to overall travel convenience, the premise of private aviation is as simple as it is obvious. Now let’s look at some of its lesser-known private flying essentials—all great reminders before your next flight with XOJET.

1. Ten times more airports than commercial.

San Francisco Private Flying Airport Map

One reason private jets are seldom delayed is because they have over 5,000 private airports to choose from in the U.S., compared to just 500 for commercial flights. (Plus, private airports and airfields don’t have to account for as many air traffic delays.)

Landing In Tortola

April 22, 2016  |  Aviation

Ask any XOJET pilot and they will gladly tell you about all the wonderful places they fly to, which typically sounds like this: Aspen, St. Maarten, Kona, Teterboro, Van Nuys. For our pilots, no two days are alike which makes flying a real treat.

XOJET Partner Virgin Galactic Hosts Private Tour & Astronaut Party

October 1, 2013  |  Events, Private Aviation

Written by Albert Hsieh on Tuesday October 1st 2013

XOJET Concierge Access partner Virgin Galactic continues to make great progress towards space adventure. Last Wednesday September 25, the company invited over 300 future astronauts for a private tour of FAITH hangar in Mojave, California, the final assembly location for WhiteKnightTwo.

In true Virgin fashion, a cocktail party took place the evening prior in Beverly Hills awaiting future astronauts to arrive from around the world in time to attend the early-morning tour. The following morning, a caravan of busses shuttled…