Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet reported an 83-percent rise in new business growth in the first quarter versus a year ago. During this period, its fractional sales reportedly climbed by 108 percent, while new jet card sales rose by 48 percent. During the Easter travel weekend, Flexjet recorded flying hours at levels not seen since the height of the market in 2007. As a result, Flexjet said it is currently hiring pilots to satisfy the increasing demand.
VistaJet’s bullish expansion plans have long turned the heads of more conventional charter sector rivals suspicious of how well-founded its business plan would prove to be in a sector that has struggled to regain profitability since the ravages of the financial crisis.
To mark Learjet’s 50th anniversary, artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt is using the engine thrust from a Bombardier Flexjet Learjet 40XR, in lieu of a paintbrush, to create new masterpieces today and tomorrow at Signature Flight Support in West Palm Beach, Fla. To create her latest artwork, von Anhalt is hurling paint into the engine exhaust–a force of approximately 3.5 tons–while standing 50 feet between the aircraft and the canvas.
Deer Jet launched the first fractional aircraft program in China yesterday here at ABACE 2013. It is now selling shares in a Gulfstream G450 and a G550, the latter of which is on display this week in the show’s static display.
“As the largest aircraft charter company in Asia and the first to do aircraft management in China, it is our responsibility to create a fractional share product here,” said Hu Lei, general manager of asset management for Deer Jet. “We also believe it is the right time to offer this type of program in China.”
Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence on March 26. The award is given to recognize members of Congress for their “votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 112th Congress.” Bombardier and its Flexjet subsidiary hosted the event. “What happens in Washington matters to businesses such as ours and regions such as this one,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
Bombardier Aerospace and its Flexjet division will celebrate Learjet’s 50th anniversary with Beverly Hills flair: the Learjet 85 will be the first aircraft ever to appear on Rodeo Drive. To honor Learjet’s golden anniversary, the Rodeo Drive Committee has also selected “The Jet Age” as this year’s theme for its annual parade on Father’s Day, which features vintage and racing cars and motorcycles lining Rodeo Drive north from Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard.
Bombardier Flexjet appointed Ryan McGinn as sales director for the New York City territory, where he will sell fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services to clients in the area. McGinn comes to Flexjet from a 20-year career at Callaway Golf, where he was the top sales director for the past 10 years. He also has previous experience in the aviation industry through his tenure at America West Airlines, where he served as a customer service representative for three years.
Flexjet appointed Jason Weiss as its new vice president of operations. In his new role, he is responsible for managing the fractional operator’s flight operations, training, technical operations, operations analysis and fleet management, the owner operations center and procurement. Weiss–who replaces David Gross, who is retiring from Flexjet after 13 years–comes from NetJets, where he was the vice president of crew resource planning.
Flexjet has launched a new option under its Flexjet 25 Jet Card debit program. The new Coastal Connect offering gives customers improved flight-hour rates when flying across the U.S. in the program’s Bombardier Challenger 300s, operated for Flexjet by Jet Solutions.
“By taking advantage of long-haul operational efficiencies, the Coastal Connect program is able to save travelers thousands of dollars,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
The nation’s third-largest fractional jet program will continue to pursue a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering them customized solutions to their private aircraft travel needs beyond traditional fractional sales, and that may mean bringing more capital into the company, according to Flexjex president Deanna White.