Swiss business aviation providers Vertis Aviation and ExecuJet have joined forces to offer the first Gulfstream G650 jet available for charter in Europe. The Swiss-registered aircraft is based at Zurich, and its long-range, high-speed capability is expected to be in high demand this summer.
Delivered to Vertis Aviation, the G650 is outfitted with eight business seats in double-club configuration, with six divan-style seats that offer lie-flat rest facilities. The full communications suite includes high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV, two Apple TVs and two Blu-ray players. Onboard entertainment includes up to 300 movies. Cabin functions such as window shades, temperature, lighting and displays are controlled via iPhone or iPod.
“We are very excited to be working with ExecuJet in bringing this game-changer aircraft to Switzerland and into the European charter market,” said Jeffrey Emmenis, partner at Vertis Aviation. “We will work together to sell third-party charter hours, as we have done before, although we anticipate the G650 will be in high demand throughout the coming spring and summer season.”
ExecuJet Europe managing director Gerrit Basson added, “The state-of-the-art, ultra-long-range G650 is a fantastic addition to our fleet. With a range of 7,000 nautical miles and a luxurious and fully equipped interior, the G650 is ideal for business or leisure travel on trips such as London to Singapore and New York to Dubai.”
ExecuJet (Booth 5629) was the first operator to fly a G650 in Europe, after the privately-operated aircraft arrived last August. The company has also played its part in the development of the G650 as one of four European operators that sits on Gulfstream’s customer advisory board. The board provides a forum in which operators such as ExecuJet can provide feedback to the OEM’s senior management and also a unique customer perspective.
Based in Zug, Vertis markets a varied long-range charter fleet on behalf of its operating partners. As well as the G650, Vertis offers a Global 6000, Global XRS, Global Express, Falcon 7X and two Airbus ACJs.