Bombardier Aerospace promoted Michael McQuay to president of its Flexjet fractional operation headquartered in Dallas. McQuay, who joined Bombardier in 2001 as v-p and general manager of Flexjet North America, will be responsible for both Flexjet and the Skyjet North America online charter booking operation.
McQuay’s appointment follows less than a month after former Cessna Citation v-p of domestic sales Bob Knebel joined Flexjet as v-p of sales.
Former president Clifford Dickman, who joined Bombardier in June 2000 and was then appointed president of Business JetSolutions/Flexjet in March 2001, suddenly left the company last month to “pursue other interests,” according to a spokesman. He declined to elaborate.
McQuay assumes leadership of Flexjet at a time of several major changes at the company, some of which are firsts for the fractional industry. One is called Versatility Plus, a program enabling owners to exchange hours among themselves, letting them realize value from unused hours or to add more hours to their current ownership contracts. Another first was announced in mid-April: a one-sixteenth share in a Challenger 604 now gives owners 60 hours per year compared with the industry standard of 50. This was offered without an increase in the purchase price or monthly management fees. Additionally, three new Bombardier aircraft types will soon join the Flexjet fleet: the Learjet 40, Learjet 45XR and the Challenger 300.