The Challenger 600 series of aircraft originated in 1976 from a concept that the founder of Learjet, Bill Lear, presented to Canadair called the LearStar 600. Canadair was the original builder of the Challenger series of aircraft before Bombardier purchased Canadair.
The Challenger 850 is a re-badged Challenger 800 based on the Regional Jetliner CRJ 200, which in turn was developed from the Canadair Challenger 600 model. The aircraft is powered by two GE CF34-3B1 engines. In commercial service, the CRJ have accumulated over 6 million flight hours. The CL850 represents lessons learned from both the early CRJ aircraft and the business Challenger 600/601/604 series.
The aircraft, in business service, allow for customized interiors. The cabin width exceeds eight feet and it has a flat floor with true stand up room. Seating can range from 18 in executive configuration, to 30 in first class shuttle configuration. Range varies with payload and is between 2,600 NM to nearly 3,200 NM with reserves. The main difference between the CL850LR, the CL850 and the CL850CS is the amount of fuel installed in the aircraft.
2,456 nautical miles
2,416 cubic feet
202 cubic feet