Return it will a full tank

 - December 14, 2007, 10:24 AM

Boutsen Aviation is offering dry leases on a Cessna Citation II/SP based at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport in the south of France. The Monaco-based aircraft sales agent has purchased the pre-owned aircraft in partnership with a private individual who wants to log only about 100 flight hours per year. Thierry Boutsen, owner of the company, said he has been receiving an increasing number of inquiries about dry leasing, which prompted him to start a new division to meet the demand.

Customers can lease the aircraft for $1,475 (€1,200) plus tax per hour but need to provide their own pilot and pay for fuel, as well as any ATC, landing and parking fees. The lease price includes maintenance and insurance costs. The Boutsen aircraft can be operated only under rules that are equivalent to U.S. FAR Part 91. Pilots flying the Citation II/SP have to hold the appropriate type rating and pilot certificate. According to Boutsen Aviation, its insurance policy fully covers the lease customer for all liability. Just as at Avis or Hertz, the customer receives the aircraft with a full tank of fuel and is responsible for returning it full. Boutsen handles reinvoicing for Eurocontrol en route ATC fees.

This month, the Jet Aviation facility in Dusseldorf, Germany, will upgrade the airplane to meet Cessna’s RVSM Service Bulletin. Mauras at Paris Le Bourget Airport will then repaint the aircraft.

Boutsen Aviation already operates an Israel Aircraft Industries Astra SP and a CitationJet under management contracts for clients. In addition to its activity in pre-owned aircraft sales, the firm is the authorized dealer for the Piaggio Avanti twin-turboprop pusher for France, Belgium and Monaco, and is also a sales representative for the EADS Socata TBM 700 turboprop single. Thierry Boutsen is a former Formula I Grand Prix racing driver and is still active in the auto racing business.