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UK charter operator opts into BBJ2 service

 - June 11, 2008, 6:49 AM

British executive charter operator Multiflight was due to take delivery of a green Boeing Business Jet 2 on September 27 at the airframer’s Seattle headquarters. The aircraft, which will cost a total of $60 million, was to be flown straight to Hamburg, Germany, to undergo completion by Lufthansa Technik.

Multiflight, which is based at Leeds Bradford Airport, is set to start operating the BBJ2 in October next year. The aircraft is to be fitted with six auxiliary fuel tanks to allow a maximum range of 5,400 mi.

The aircraft–which will be the first of its type based in the UK–is expected to command all-inclusive charter rates of between $11,800 and $14,700 (£8,000 to £10,000) per flight hour, depending on the duration of a booking. It can seat up to 19 passengers.

The BBJ2’s interior will include the following amenities: a spacious master bedroom with a private office; two lounges (one of which converts into a wide-screen, surround-sound movie theater); a dining room; an exercise area; two bathrooms with spacious showers; and an extra large galley for preparing á là carte meals. Passengers will enjoy a wide choice of entertainment options at their seats, as well as convenient access to a telephone, fax machine and personal laptops with Internet hook-ups.

Multiflight chairman David Hood pledged that the BBJ2’s entertainment system would represent a step change in quality over existing in-flight standards, which he argued are inferior to ground-based equipment. Hood, who is also founder of digital video decoder specialist Pace Micro, said its system will use new-technology IP protocols to raise standards.

The operator’s managing director Steve Borrowdale said that the new BBJ2 will be significantly more exclusive than existing airliner-class bizjets in the charter market. In addition to corporate use, the aircraft will also be offered to ultra-wealthy individuals for personal trips.

Like the rest of the Multiflight fleet, the BBJ2 will be operated under the commercial aircraft operators certificate of its partner Executive Jet Charter under European JAR OPS 1 rules. Multiflight, which was launched in 1994, also offers a Dassault Falcon 900 for charter, as well as two helicopters, a Eurocopter EC 365N2 Dauphin and an EC 355F1 Twin Squirrel. Additionally, it manages several other helicopters for private owners, including a Sikorsky S-76.

Executive Jet Charter operates its own Falcon 50EX and manages a number of private aircraft including a Falcon 900, which is also based at Leeds Bradford Airport.