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Kenya multi-billion businessman Humphrey Kariuki is a proud owner of Bombardier Challenger 350 private Jet.

The Challenger 350 is the updated version of Bombardier’s Challenger 300 aircraft – designed to compete in the crowded super-midsize sector. It has already proven very popular, with factional ownership firms praising it for its “comfort and superior performance”.

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Bomnbardier Challenger 350 belonging to Humphrey Kariuki

Flying
With a range of 3,682mi/5,926km/3,200nm, the Challenger 350 is able to fly transatlantic routes, connecting New York with most major European cities. Humphrey Kariuki only needs one stop at London to fly to New York.

In terms of speed, the Challenger 350 is a relatively fast jet with a high-speed cruise of 540mph/870kph/Mach 0.82, enabling passengers to fly from Los Angeles to New York {4490Kms} in four and a half hours.

An initial climb altitude of 43,000ft and a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000ft both help to reduce fuel burn, as well as enabling the Challenger 350 to fly over any bad weather.

Bombardier’s Challenger series consists of the 350 and the larger 650 version. The Challenger 650 is slightly more capable and can provide the same level of comfort, but is a more expensive option.

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Travelling
An evolution of the Challenger 300, the redesigned cabin features eight seats in a double-club layout – with the newly designed seats being able to turn into 180 degree lie-flat beds. The Challenger 350 uses slide-ledge passenger control units, allowing easy access to flight information, cabin controls and multimedia – an innovative design for cabin management systems. WiFi and multimedia ports enable passengers to wirelessly stream entertainment to their personal devices.
The cabin is spacious and comfortable, with an impressive width of 7ft 2in and a maximum headroom of 6ft. This makes it one of the larger cabins in the super-midsize market and provides the room to option a three-seat divan.

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Owning a Bombardier Challenger 350
List price for a new Challenger 350 is $27 million, with pre-owned aircraft available for around $17 million.

Bombardier offers a 24/7 global support service and distribution network, and has a good history of supporting the Challenger series aircraft. Bombardier also aims for a 20-minute removal and replacement target if parts need replacing, theoretically reducing maintenance time.

The aircraft has proved popular, especially for fractional ownership firms. Flexjet ordered 40 aircraft, and NetJets ordered up to 75 – showing that support for the smaller Challenger aircraft is still strong.

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Operational Costs
The total annual budget for flying a Challenger 350 private jet 200 hours per year is approximately $1,083,426 or $1,610,010 for flying 400 hours per year. The maximum speed of the Challenger 350 is 541 mph, but with slower climb, cruise and descending speeds it is more likely to average 433 mph which would equate to an average cost per mile of approximately $12.52 at 200 hours per year. If you fly 400 hours per year, you can spread the total fixed costs over more flight hours which reduces your cost per mile to $9.30.

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Inside the Cockpit

Performance Authority
Bombardier business jets are known for their exceptional performance, and a smooth ride makes all the difference when you travel nonstop from New York to London, or any other mission within the Challenger 350 aircraft’s impressive 3,200 nautical mile (5,926 kilometer) true range. Plus, you get the peace of mind of knowing you’ll never have to leave anyone behind. No other super midsize jet goes full-range, with both fuel tanks and seats full. The Challenger 350 business jet puts you in charge and gets you wherever you need to go, even in the toughest conditions. Fast climbing performance and great hot and high capability (not to mention the industry’s best weather radar) mean you can access challenging airfields in any weather condition. Climb fast, cruise efficiently, ride smoothly. The takeaway: You arrive at your destination relaxed, refreshed and ready.

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Kenyan Tycoon Humphrey Kariuki

Who is Humphrey Kariuki?
Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa is one of Kenya’s most storied, yet elusive businessmen. Over the last three decades, Ndegwa, 60, has quietly built his company, the Janus Continental Group, into one of East Africa’s largest conglomerates while staying away from the limelight.

Modest in his personal life, calm in his demeanor, but audacious in business, Ndegwa has built a business conglomerate that includes The Hub – a premier shopping mall located in the beautiful leafy suburbs of Karen in Nairobi; WOW Beverages, Africa Spirits, Kenya’s leading manufacturer of Alcoholic beverages; Dalbit Petroleum, one of the largest oil distributors in East and Southern Africa, and Great Lakes Africa Energy, a U.K-based company that is a developer and operator of power projects in Southern Africa. These businesses collectively employ more than 3,000 Kenyans and foreign nationals. Ndegwa is also the owner of the 5-star Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Green Corner Restaurant, a popular Nairobi eatery and the neighboring Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage. Since acquiring the Animal Orphanage from its American owners years ago, Ndegwa has spent a fortune providing shelter and professional care to orphaned, injured, neglected, abused or frightened wild animals, with the goal to releasing them back into the wild where they belong.

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