This super mid-sized jet has a range of 3000 nautical miles (roughly 7 hours of flight time) and seating for 9 VIP passengers plus a belted lavatory. The spacious cabin has a height of 8 feet 1 inch and a large baggage hold that can be accessed during flight.
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.