VistaJet Continues Expansion Spree

 - June 18, 2013, 3:15 PM
Linking arms over the pact are, left to right, Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi, VistaJet founder Thomas Flohr and Bombardier v-p of sales Bob Horner.

VistaJet is expanding its 35-airplane fleet of Bombardier Global and Challenger jets with an order for 20 super-midsize Challenger 350s plus 20 options. The large order lead Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, to remark, “Sometimes we are in awe of what VistaJet has accomplished. We couldn’t be more proud.”

Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet, said the Challenger 350 fits in with the company’s strategy to provide point-to-point global coverage. With a range of 3,200 nm, he said, “This can connect China with India and India with Africa in the 2.5- to 5.5-hour range flying at a high altitude of 45,000 feet. It can enhance the point-to-point capability.”

The jet has a jump seat for the flight attendant and a cabin divider door, providing privacy even during takeoff and landing. The Challenger 350 is equipped with modern cabin management systems, including in-flight Internet access, WiFi, modern business amenities and trim panel speakers for the ultimate in-flight sound.

With a 2013 list price of more than $1.035 billion, the jets are to join the VistaJet fleet in mid-2014. In 2012, VistaJet flew 25,000 passengers to 950 plus non-U.S. airports, of which 136 were in Africa. VistaJet flies exclusively Bombardier aircraft.