Bombardier Delivers Specialized Challenger 605s to Hong Kong Government

Montreal, Canada-based Bombardier announced that it has delivered a pair of specialized Challenger 605 business jets to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service. The Hong Kong Government Flying Service is tasked with search and rescue (SAR), air ambulance, firefighting, and police missions. The Government Flying Service plans to replace its aging search and rescue fleet used for long-range missions with the new Challenger 605 jets.

"We put our trust in Bombardier and are satisfied with the relationship we built throughout the development of this multi-role platform, as well as with the tremendous capacity of these specialized Challenger aircraft,"

said Captain Michael Chan, Controller, Hong Kong Government Flying Service.

"We are proud to take delivery of this new aircraft and are convinced it will serve the Hong Kong Government Flying Service well in its search and rescue missions."

The fifth variant of the Bombardier Model 600, the Challenger 605 multi-role jet can be used for missions ranging from search and rescue to medical evacuation to VIP transportation.

Backed by twin General Electric CF34-3B turbofan engines, the Challenger 605 can reach maximum speeds of 470 knots (870 kilometers/hour), cruise at 459 knots (850 kilometers/hour), and fly for a range of 3,714 nautical miles (6,878 kilometers). It climbs at a rate of 1,355 meters per minute to reach a service ceiling of 12,500 meters.

"The Challenger aircraft's popularity for special mission applications with government agencies around the globe is growing. The aircraft's range, proven reliability and versatility provides the ideal platform for search and rescue, maritime surveillance and air medical transport-type missions,"

said Stéphane Villeneuve, Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

"This first delivery to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service reaffirms Bombardier's expertise to provide the right aircraft platform for our customer's mission needs. We are delighted to have been able to work with the Hong Kong Government in defining this cutting-edge solution."

Today, the Challenger 605 is participating in government multi-role missions in countries such as Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and South Korea.

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