Having revealed plans for fleet expansion and a southeast Asia office at EBACE yesterday, local operator VistaJet completed the picture today with an announced firm order for 35 Bombardier business jets. In a purchase plan potentially worth a claimed $1.2 billion, the Swiss company is to buy 11 Challengers 605s, 13 Learjet 60XRs and 11 Learjet 85s.
For the first time Europe has its own simulator capacity for the Global Express, now that CAE and Bombardier have begun offering pilot and technical training on the big business jets at CAE’s Burgess Hill facility in the UK. The program marks the first operational milestone of the 20-year Authorized Training Provider agreement signed by CAE and Bombardier last June.
Skylliance, the charter jet program of Jet Aviation, announced here that it will add JetNetherlands and Elite Jets of Dubai, effective June 1. Together with two new Jet Aviation managed aircraft, a Falcon 900EX and Gulfstream 550, the Skylliance fleet now totals 30 aircraft available for charter services in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Bombardier Aerospace marked EBACE eve with its second annual day-long European Safety Standdown, and made it clear that the program in Europe will continue.
The number of deliveries of new business aircraft is expected to increase substantially in the next 10 years, but this will be accompanied by a reduction in orders, especially in the short term, according to new Bombardier Aerospace statistics.
Bombardier’s new Flexjet Asia executive charter program began operations on February 22 in a bid to make business aviation more readily available to visiting Westerners and the continent’s indigenous business community.
Among all the factors that influence a buyer’s decision to purchase one business jet over another, brand loyalty is well recognized as one of the strongest. Citation owners, looking to replace or add another steed to their stables, usually buy another Citation. Falcon owners, for the most part, buy another Falcon. And Gulfstream owners generally buy Gulfstreams.
Placing the blame primarily on a “severe downturn” in the U.S. business aviation market, Canadian OEM Bombardier last week slashed its net-income target for the current fiscal year by 21 percent. The company, which saw its business aircraft deliveries drop from 114 in the first half of last year to 74 for the same period this year, said the forecast includes a “one-time charge” to write down the value of used business aircraft.
Bombardier’s David Dixon talks about what it takes to be successful in Asia’s business aviation market and how it compares to the U.S. Click here to view.
Bombardier has relaunched its Flexjet Europe business aircraft shared-use program under the name Jet Membership. The new program, which was unveiled February 12 in London, will use an all-Bombardier fleet of some 40 aircraft operated by 10 approved executive charter operators around Europe and will offer hourly rates that are 10 percent lower than the original Flexjet Europe concept.