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Challenger 850

Charter the Challenger 850 Regional Airliner

Charter a private flight on the Challenger 850, a regional airliner from Bombardier Aerospace ideal for corporate jet charter and private jet shuttle services.

This aircraft was first introduced by Bombardier as the Challenger 800 in 2006, basing the aircraft on their 50-seat CRJ200. The updated Challenger 850 is derived from the Bombardier CRJ200LR airliner, offering transcontinental range, high-speed cruise of Mach 0.80, and room for up to 16 passengers.

Air Charter Advisors offers instant access to regional airliners around the world, including the Bombardier Challenger 800/850. Call us at (888) 987-5387 for instant pricing & aircraft availability on Challenger 800/850 charters near you.

Key Features

  • Standing Room Cabin
  • Impressive Flight Range
  • Room for up to 16 Passengers
  • Dual Lavatories & Fully Equipped Galley
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Challenger 800/850 Pricing, Performance, & Specifications

The cost to charter a Challenger 850 starts at around $15,000 per hour*, and will vary based on aircraft scheduling, routing, positioning, and other factors. There are a few CL850 based in North America for charter (New York, Maine, and Toronto), while most are located overseas, with several based in Germany, France, China, Russia, the UK, and the Middle East.


  • Crew: 2 + 1
  • Capacity: up to 16
  • Length: 287 ft 10 in (6.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 69 ft 7 in (21.21 m)
  • Height: 20 ft 5 in (6.22 m)
  • Wing Area: 520.4 sq ft (48.35 m2)
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 52,999 lbs (24,040 kg)
  • Max Payload: 9,383 lbs (4,256 kg)
  • Avionics: Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4


  • Maximum Speed: 652 mph (Mach 0.85)
  • Cruise Speed: 509 mph (442 kts; 819 km/h)
    • High Speed: 528 mph (Mach 0.80; 850 km/h)
    • Long Range: 489 mph (Mach 0.74; 787 km/h)
  • Climb Rate: 3,396 ft/min
  • Range: 2,811 nmi (3,235 mi; 5,206 km) @ long range cruise, 8 pax/2 crew
  • Service Ceiling: 41,000 ft
  • Runway: 6,305 ft (takeoff)
  • Engines: 2x General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofans

Interior Dimensions

  • Seats: 12 + Divan
  • Cabin Height: 6 ft 1 in
  • Cabin Width: 8 ft 2 in
  • Cabin Length: 48 ft 3 in
  • Cabin Volume: 2,397 cu ft
  • Baggage Capacity: 296 cu ft
  • Bathroom: 2x Fully Enclosed Lavatory (Front & Rear)

Aircraft Details

The Challenger 800 series was a short-lived aircraft that made a lasting impression. It was actually first manufactured way back in 1996 as the Challenger SE (Special Edition), but it wasn’t until 2006 that it was re-branded as the Challenger 800. Production ended in 2012 following the completion of 71 deliveries.

It was also hard to classify, mainly because it didn’t fit in any of the existing boxes used to classify aircraft by their size, range, and abilities. Bombardier could have considered this as a job well done, seeing how the 800/850 was designed to literally challenge the way business jets are categorized.

Designed as a corporate shuttle variant of Bombardier’s 50 passenger CRJ200, the Challenger 800 offers transcontinental range and a 48-foot long cabin for up to 12 passengers in an executive layout. Its main strength is the ability to transport large passenger and cargo loads over medium distances, and while it doesn’t offer the same range as similar jets, it’s lower operating costs are ideal for continental and high payload missions.

The 800 series is perhaps most famously for Beyoncé Knowles purchasing one for her husband, Jay-Z. There are 69 Challenger 850’s currently operating around the world, and all of them are wholly owned (no shared or fractional ownership). The largest number of CL-850 are based in Europe and Asia (Germany, France, China), followed by North America (New York, Toronto), and a couple located in Africa and South America.


The upgraded CL-850 was based on the CRJ200LR commercial airliner, and shares many of its specifications and features with the 800. Upgrades were made to the interior, in-flight entertainment, and networking systems for superior comfort and productivity. It also features the widest cabin in its category, attractive operating costs, and excellent reliability.

bombardier challenger 850 interior

In typical executive configuration, as many as 19 passengers can be accommodated with a variety of seating options including club seats, divans, armchairs, office space and equipment, and conference rooms. There’s also a ton of storage capacity for luggage and other items, and front & rear lavatories for long-distance flights.


The Challenger 800/850 can keep up with your company’s busy schedule, able to cruise a maximum range of just over 2,800 nautical miles at speeds up to 528 mph thanks to twin General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofans.

The engines are also designed for reduced noise for a more comfortable flight experience, and lower emissions to reduce pollution and operating costs. The cockpit features the reliable and ergonomic Collins Pro Line 4 avionics suite.

Purchase a Challenger 800 / 850

Air Charter Advisors offers aircraft acquisition services for HNWI’s and executive groups interested in purchasing a Bombardier Challenger 800 Series business jet.

The cost of ownership for the Challenger 850 with a yearly schedule of 200 hours of flight time carries an annual budget of around $1.25 million, including fixed costs of around $560k-$685k, and operating/variable costs of around $565k-$595k. The operating cost comes out to around $2,825-$3,175 an hour, or approximately $13.33 a mile.

Originally offered with a price tag of up to $32 million USD, this aircraft is no longer in production, and only available via pre-owned markets. The average list price for a Challenger 800 series is between $3,950,000 and $6,500,000.

Our advisors can assist with every step of your aircraft acquisition, from the purchase and delivery of your aircraft to charter sales and aircraft management services. Call or email us for more information to buy a Bombardier Challenger 800 / 850.

Challenger 850 Services | Charter, Sales, and Management

Air Charter Advisors is your source for private jet services on the Challenger 800/850, from on-demand charter flights to aircraft sales and management solutions. Call us directly at 1-888-987-5387 or contact us via e-mail with any questions or requests regarding your private aviation.

* Average hourly rates vary depending on make, model and year; amenities, routing and scheduling/availability, and do not include fuel, taxes, crew charges, ramp, hangar, FBO, overnights, daily minimums, taxes, international fees, catering, ground transport, or de-icing. If you would like an accurate quote, please call or email. Pictures are for example only. The age, color, interior layout, hourly rates, specifications, dimensions may all vary between aircraft. All images copyrighted and provided courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace unless noted otherwise.