VistaJet Places $1B Order for Challenger 350s

 - June 18, 2013, 2:10 PM

VistaJet is expanding its 35-airplane fleet of Bombardier Globals and Challengers, having placed an order today at the Paris Air Show for 20 super-midsize Challenger 350s and options for 20 more. At list price, the order is worth some $1.035 billion if all options are exercised. Deliveries to VistaJet will begin in about 12 months.

Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet, said the Challenger 350 fits the company’s strategy to provide point-to-point global coverage. With a range of 3,200 nm, he said, the airplane “can connect China with India and India with Africa in the two-and-a-half- to five-and-a-half-hour range flying at a high altitude of 45,000 feet. It can enhance point-to-point capability.”

The twinjet has a jump seat for the flight attendant and a cabin divider door, providing passenger privacy even during takeoff and landing. The Challenger 350 is equipped with the latest cabin management system, including in-flight Internet access, WiFi and trim panel speakers.

Last year VistaJet flew 25,000 passengers to 950 non-U.S airports, 136 of which were in Africa. VistaJet flies Bombardier aircraft exclusively.