Bombardier merges Flexjet Asia and Europe

 - March 29, 2007, 12:31 PM

Bombardier has merged its Asia/Pacific and European Flexjet block-charter programs into a new London-based Flexjet International operation. The service will also have an office in Hong Kong and is being led by Judith Moreton, who was appointed managing director of Flexjet Europe last October.

Flexjet now offers nine Bombardier aircraft in the Asia/ Pacific region operated by several partner charter firms, including Macau, China-based Rainbow Jet, Subic International Air Charter of the Philippines, Singapore-based Pacific Flight Services and ExecuJet Australia. The latest operator to join the program is Global Wings of Tokyo, which is about to take delivery of a new Learjet 45XR.

In Europe, the Flexjet fleet now consists of more than 60 Bombardier business aircraft. Customers are also entitled to use the Canadian airframer’s Skyjet block-charter program in North America.

Moreton told AIN that China has huge potential for executive charter growth. Already about 60 percent of Flexjet’s Asia/Pacific activities are China-based, including both domestic flights and services to and from other countries. “About 70 percent of our business in Asia comes by referral,” she said.