BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER 350 VS. GULFSTREAM G280 – WHICH IS BETTER?
Written By Lance Tweden | 11.02.22
When you fly private, you expect the best of comfort and performance. The Bombardier Challenger 350 and the Gulfstream G280 are two popular choices for private jet travelers looking to fly on a high-performing midsize aircraft. A complete picture of both aircraft and their capabilities is the best way to decide the best option for you.
Comparing the Challenger 350 and the Gulfstream G280
Both the Challenger 350 and the Gulfstream G280 can provide an elite flight experience, but there are some slight differences between the two. When comparing these midsize jets, there are a few key areas to consider.
When it comes to the Challenger 350 and the G280, you can expect a spacious cabin in either choice. The Challenger 350 features the largest cabin in its class with a wider cabin, but the Gulfstream G280 is not far behind. The table below shows how these two jets differ in cabin size.
Challenger 350 vs. Gulfstream G280 Cabin Size
- 6 feet - Cabin Height
- 7 feet 2 inches - Cabin Width
- 25 feet 2 inches - Cabin Length
- 6 feet 1 inch - Cabin Height
- 6 feet 11 inches - Cabin Width
- 25 feet 10 inches - Cabin Length
Depending on the cabin arrangement, both the Challenger 350 and the G280 can seat up to 10 passengers The cabin in the G280 can be arranged to create up to two living areas. Both aircraft feature a galley equipped with a sink and counter space.
Entertainment and Comfort
Regardless of your choice, you will be comfortable. Both of these aircraft are designed to maximize comfort, with luxury furnishings and a detailed cabin to make you feel at home.
For example, the Challenger 350 features the quietest cabin in its class with a noise-dampening construction to allow you to relax while onboard. Entertainment is also easily accessible, featuring available KA-band and 4G air-to-ground internet that enables you to stream movies, listen to music or keep up with your virtual meetings.
You can control your experience through an ergonomic cabin management system to control the cabin environment and connect your devices for entertainment. The cabin even includes sidewall speakers to provide enhanced sound.
The G280 boasts a bright, refreshing cabin with 19 sizeable windows and an airflow system that provides fresh air throughout the flight. The fresh air also creates a low cabin altitude so that you can feel less drained from your flight. On those flights where you are tired, the quiet engines of the G280 create a peaceful environment in a cabin that can sleep up to five passengers. When purchasing the aircraft, you can choose to configure the cabin however you like to optimize your comfort.
Although the Challenger 350 features a larger cabin, the G280 has a slight edge when it comes to performance. The G280 is able to travel both farther and faster.
The G280 can reach a maximum range of 3,600 nautical miles, while the Challenger 350 features a slightly lower range of 3,200 nm. Both options are best suited for cross-country or trans-continental travel. Speed isn't an issue for either aircraft, but the Gulfstream G280 is slightly faster, capable of reaching a high-speed cruise of 644 mph. The Challenger 350 follows closely, with a high-speed cruise of 629 mph. Both have a typical long-range cruise speed sitting around 614 mph.
When it comes to which is the safest private jet, both provide peace of mind. The Challenger 350 features safety technology in the cockpit, like synthetic vision and MultiScan weather radar systems to provide a complete picture of flight conditions.
The G280 has its own safety system in its PlaneView280™ flight deck, which assists pilots by improving awareness and reducing their workload to promote safer operation. An Enhanced Flight Vision System also supports safe landings in low-visibility conditions.
Bombardier Challenger 350 vs. Gulfstream G280 Breakdown
- Up to 10 - Passenger Seating
- 3,200 nm - Range
- 629 mph - High-Speed Cruise
- 106 cubic feet - Baggage Compartment Volume
- 3,400 lbs - Max Payload
- Up to 10 - Passenger Seating
- 3,600 nm - Range
- 644 mph - High-Speed Cruise
- 120 cubic feet - Baggage Compartment Volume
- 4,050 lbs - Max Payload
If you are considering purchasing one of these two jets, it helps to know which decisions others are making. Despite both aircraft being solid options, the Challenger 350 sits in a class of its own, as it has been the top-selling private jet in the medium category for seven years in a row.
However, the G280 is not unpopular by any means. Gulfstream launched the G280 in 2008 and plans to continue production for the foreseeable future due to its popularity. The G280 even saw record sales in 2021, demonstrating its recognition and longevity as a respectable private jet option.
Book Your Perfect Midsize Flight
Both the Bombardier Challenger 350 and the Gulfstream G280 provide passengers with remarkable comfort and extraordinary performance. Ultimately, the decision of which midsize aircraft is better depends on you and your preferences. Either way, you can't go wrong.
If you have any questions about flying on either of these private jets, contact Jet Agency. Our 24/7 concierge service is happy to walk you through the differences. When you fly with Jet Agency, you have access to both of these impressive jets, as well as over 6,000 other aircraft to fit any travel needs. Book your flight with us today and experience the comfort that awaits.
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