Eclipse, Citation, Avanti Fleet Orders Announced
Significant fleet orders were announced today for the Eclipse 500, Citation and Avanti at NBAA 2005. Linear Air of Lexington, Mass., and JetSet Air of the UK have placed firm orders for 15 and 30 Eclipse 500 very light jets, respectively. These transactions bring the Eclipse order book to 2,350 airplanes (1,592 firm orders and 765 options), all secured with nonrefundable deposits, the company said. Certification of the Eclipse 500 is scheduled for March. Jet Alliance, a Vienna-based aircraft charter and management firm, placed an order for 28 Citations–two Citation Xs, nine each Sovereigns and XLSs, six CJ2+ and two CJ3s. Avanti Fractional Operator Avantair signed for 36 more of the twin-turboprop pusher.