In 2003, Bombardier announced a rebrand and modification of Canadair’s CRJ200 regional airliner as a business jet called the Challenger 850. In 2006, Bombardier actually began delivering the 850, its largest Challenger model yet. The goal of rebranding the regional airliner as a business jet was to combine the capabilities of a regional airliner with the comfort and luxury of a business jet. The 850 was short lived, however, as Bombardier ceased production of its large jet in 2012. It’s typically capable of accommodating 15 passengers, but the 850 CS (Corporate Shuttle) variation can be configured to seat more. Bombardier also created an 850 ER (Extended Range) variant with an auxiliary fuel tank that extends its range by close to 200 nautical miles. The model 850 and each of its variants has transcontinental range and a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.80.
Equipped with two General Electric CF34-3B1 engines, the Challenger 850 has a normal cruise speed of 430 knots, a range of up to 2,811 nautical miles (2,394 nm with seats full), a climb rate of 3,395 feet per minute, and requires 6,147 feet of runway to takeoff and 3,147 feet of runway to land. The 850 CS, while seating more passengers, has a shorter range with its seats full (2,123 nautical miles) and requires more runway (6,305 feet) to takeoff. The auxiliary tank on the ER model gives it a range of 2,959 nautical miles, while the rest of its performance specs remain identical.