Newcastle private jet operators take delivery of $25m Challenger 350 jet

Naljets have added the executive jet to their existing fleet used to transport businesspeople and stars around the world

The $25m Challenger 350 that Annitsford-based Naljets have added to their fleet
The $25m Challenger 350 that Annitsford-based Naljets have added to their fleet

Private jet company Naljets has taken deliver of a $25m luxury Challenger 350 aircraft on behalf of an international client.

The Annitsford-based firm’s managing director Craig McLeod and Captain Peter Riley flew the aircraft overnight from Bombardier Aerospace’s factory in Canada to bring it home.

The Challenger is capable of transcontinental flight with a range of 3,200 nautical miles (5,926km) and features luxury cabin space that can accommodate 10 passengers.

The interior of the Challenger 350 jet
The interior of the Challenger 350 jet

Naljets will operate the aircraft on behalf of an existing clients, and will also make it available for private charter alongside its Gulfstream G200, which is also based out of the UK.

Mr McLeod said: “Since registering the aircraft in the Isle of Man last month, I have already flown nearly 200 hours in it — more hours than many business aircraft get flown in an entire year — so I really appreciate its performance capabilities.

“It is an awesome aircraft with an improved payload and a phenomenal climb rate, much faster than the earlier Challenger 300. In addition, its new state of the art ‘winglets’ have improved fuel efficiency, flying performance and reduced stall speeds, meaning we can now get into remote airfields that were previously out of reach.

Naljets' managing director Craig McLeod (left), with Captain Peter Riley flying the new Challenger 350
Naljets' managing director Craig McLeod (left), with Captain Peter Riley flying the new Challenger 350

“It is one of those aircraft where improvements are not just theoretical, but are tangible ones that a pilot can really sense. It is a pilot’s jet and it puts the fun back into flying.”

He added: “We are delighted to have added the Challenger 350 to our fleet. It’s an aircraft with excellent levels of comfort, making it an optimum way for businesses and individuals to travel.

“Last year we received record numbers of charter requests for our aircraft. The addition of the new Challenger expands our capability further and, being the first Challenger 350 registered in the UK, the interest in the aircraft is very strong.”

From left: Captain Peter Riley; Naljets director Donna Bulman; managing director Craig McLeod and aviation consultant Mike Ritchie with the new aircraft
From left: Captain Peter Riley; Naljets director Donna Bulman; managing director Craig McLeod and aviation consultant Mike Ritchie with the new aircraft

The Challenger 350 has some of the world’s most advanced avionics technology, including a ‘Synthetic Vision System’ which overlays outside terrain as well as runway and airport features on to the cockpit displays in bad weather.

Naljets specialise in discreet acquisition and aircraft management services for business jet owners and companies, including management and consulting on all aspects from purchase to parking, flight operations, journey management, flight and ground crew training and provision.

The firm has flow high net worth individuals and top business leaders all over the world, in small regional aircraft to larger business jets.

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