You’re just about to book that long-awaited trip and your private flight advisor asks, “We have both a Challenger 350 and a Gulfstream G280 available for your trip. Which one would you prefer?” The difference between the two is slight, and your advisor can walk you through those differences. However, we know a lot of our clients prefer to do their own research, so we thought we’d compare the two to make it easy.

Challenger 350 vs Gulfstream G280: Which Cabin is Bigger?

Though both are considered mid-size jets, the G280 has a slightly bigger cabin. When you calculate the personal space per passenger for each, the Challenger comes in at 105.7 cubic feet and Gulfstream comes in at 116.9 cubic feet. It’s also important to note that the height of the cabin of both are similar, but the 350 has a flat floor.

Here’s a look at cross-section comparison of both cabins for reference:

comparison between Challenger 350 and Gulfstream G2800 cabins

The Challenger 350 is typically arranged in a double club seating arrangement for eight as this layout allows for greater movement and makes the best use of the flat-floor design.

The Gulfstream G280 boasts one of the tallest cabins in the super mid-size jet category, making it one of the best jets for in-flight movement and comfort.  

To sum it up, both jets offer ample room and provide all those sought-after comforts travelers seek when flying privately.

Entertainment and Comfort at Every Altitude

One of the most requested amenities on private flights is tech connectivity and entertainment capabilities, and both aircraft offer these features in spades.

Challenger 350 Interior

A peek inside the Challenger 350. Image courtesy of Bombardier.

The Bombardier Challenger 350 offers passengers one of the smoothest, quietest ride around. Equipped with a galley pocket door and standard entry door acoustic curtain, the sound suppressing design provides a quiet cabin for an optimal inflight environment.

Other notable cabin features include:

  • Ka-band and 4G ATG internet available on most aircraft<
  • High-definition monitors
  • Plug-and-play features that include universal HDMI and USB ports for your devices
  • Wireless control of entertainment and cabin environment right from your very own personal device
Charter Gulfstream G280 Private Jet

A look at the inside of the Gulfstream G280.

On the other hand, the G280 proudly provides travelers with 19 windows that flood the cabin with natural light and provide some of the best views in the skies. These cabins may also provide:

  • 100 percent fresh-air circulation
  • Plasma ionization clean air system
  • Easier breathing and reduced jet lag with reduced cabin pressure
  • A fully enclosed lavatory for additional privacy and comfort

Some of the more technological features include fingertip control over:

  • Cabin temperature
  • Overhead lighting
  • Entertainment screens and monitors

Though the features on each aircraft can vary, most of the G280 come equipped with:

  • Wireless flight phone
  • High-speed Ka-band international Wi-Fi
  • Dual Blue-ray DVD players
  • High-definition screens

G280 vs Challenger 350 Range and Performance

When deciding which aircraft is best for your trip, you’ll need to compare the performance of both.

Reaching a range of nearly 3,200 nautical miles, the 350 falls short in comparison to the G280 which boasts a range of 4,142. And when it comes to speed, the G280 also reigns supreme with a cruise speed of 560 miles per hour compared to the 350’s cruise speed of 528 miles per hour.

Though it may seem like the G280’s performance outshines the 350, it’s important to note that there are other factors to consider as well.

Both aircraft enjoy the benefits and advantages of operating out of smaller airports with shorter-than-average runways. This provides passengers with the ability to land closer to their final destination, reducing the need for lengthy ground travel to their final destination.

Here’s a look at some of the specs for each of these aircraft:

G280 vs 350 comparison infographic

The History and Rise of Gulfstream and Bombardier


With its humble beginnings in 1942 as a snow mobile innovator, Bombardier didn’t take to the skies until 1986. However, the bar had been set for innovation and customer excellence.

In the 13 years following its venture into aerospace, Bombardier acquired already established aircraft makers to help build the foundation for what the company is today. This forward-thinking aircraft powerhouse has made a tremendous impact on the aviation industry and continues to provide some of the best aircraft available.

As an improved version of the 300, the 350 entered service in May of 2014. Since then, it’s continued to show its worth as both a preferred aircraft for charter and investment.


The Gulfstream I was the first aircraft created by this world-renowned provider. This first-of-its-kind aircraft took its first flight in 1958 and entered service the following year. To this day, some of those original aircraft are still in service today. Since then, this iconic company has been dreaming up and producing some of the best jets in the sky.

With its introduction, the G280 reset the standard for the super mid-size aircraft category. After taking its first flight in December of 2009, it finally entered service in November of 2012, bringing comfort and luxury to all the passengers lucky enough to take flight.

Super Midsize Flights for Every Mission

If you’d like to see what other aircraft dominate the super mid-size aircraft class, there are several to take a look at. The majority of super mid-size jets comfortably seat 8 to 10 people and can travel for long periods of times without needing to stop mid-flight to refuel.

When you join the Membership program, you’ll have instant access to these jets at a locked-in rate for the year. There are no limits on how many times you charter a jet either. It’s just simple, straightforward flying.


If you’re ready to charter the G280 or the Challenger 350, our private flight advisors can help. Reach out today for a free quote and see how you can Soar Higher with Stratos Jet Charters.