The Bombardier BD-100 Challenger 300 is a super-mid-sized jet capable of traversing transcontinental distances. It is not developmentally related to the similarly named Challenger 600 series, or the 600-derived Challenger 800 series.
The project was launched at the Paris Air Show on July 13, 1999, at which time it was called the Bombardier Continental. It was a "clean sheet" design, assembled in Bombardier's Learjet plant at Wichita Mid-Continent airport, Kansas. The jet was renamed in September 2002 after much debate about which category (Learjet, Challenger, or Global) the new aircraft fit into. It entered commercial service in January 2004.
Also given the designation Bombardier BD-100, the Challenger 300 is the baseline version of the Challenger300 family.
On May 20, 2013 Bombardier announced the Challenger 350, an improved version of the 300, and promised to begin deliveries in May 2014 at a price of $25.9 million. The Honeywell HTF7350 powered Challenger 350 first flew on March 2, 2013.
On 12 June 2014, the Challenger 350 received full type certification from Transport Canada, and shortly after from EASA. The Challenger 350 aircraft is able to carry eight passengers 3,200 nautical miles (5,926 km) non-stop at a cruise speed of Mach 0.80. With its newly derived engines offering increased power and lower emissions, the Challenger 350 also offers the fastest time-to-climb in business aviation.