VistaJet announced yesterday that it is enrolling 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s with the Platinum engine and APU hourly-cost maintenance program operated by Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI). Valued at more than $205 million at 2013 list prices, the deal is possibly the largest ever concluded for any hourly-cost maintenance program.
JSSI was selected after careful evaluation, leading to what VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr described as “a very clear winner situation.” VistaJet already had two Globals and an AgustaWestland helicopter enrolled with JSSI. “We believe it’s a wise decision to get the Global aircraft covered under this program,” Flohr added.
Under the agreement JSSI will support the Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 engines and Honeywell RE220 APUs from its many worldwide service partners. The Platinum program covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, rental engines, supplemental lift, engine removal and replacement and shipping. As well as driving down maintenance costs, the program also provides budget stability.
Last year VistaJet announced a massive 56-aircraft order for Globals (with another 86 on option). Deliveries are now starting, and all deliveries henceforth will be enrolled in the JSSI program (see also story on page 37).
Following the Global support deal, VistaJet is examining the possibility of further support programs for its other aircraft types. At the same time, it is also keeping a close watch on the Challenger 350 that was revealed this week at EBACE. VistaJet has been a member of Bombardier’s focus group for business jet development and has ensured that various options are incorporated. “We would want a higher spec than what is being shown here,” said Flohr, referring to the Challenger 350 fuselage on display at EBACE. “For instance, we would want a crew seat for a flight attendant. All of our aircraft carry flight attendants, even the Learjets, and they need a seat that allows the customer to maintain their privacy.”