Bombardier announced on Tuesday it is designating an aircraft dedicated to AOG parts delivery. At the same time it announced an improved facility. The company, which finished second-to-last ahead of only Sabreliner in last year’s AIN Product Support Survey, tapped in to its national Flexjet web of fractional-owned aircraft and crews, allocating the equivalent of a 100-percent share of one Learjet 45.
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The Transatlantic Express fixed-price charter service Bombardier introduced this summer has taken off, with round-trip flights booked between Europe and the U.S. at least once a week. In fact, the manufacturer is so encouraged by demand for the service that it is considering plans to expand it beyond the East Coast of the U.S. The service currently provides access to some 700 airports in Europe and the Eastern U.S.
Bombardier has launched Skyjet International as a global network of fixed-rate executive charter services spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
The second and final test Bombardier Global 5000 took its first, four-hour flight northwest of Toronto on January 8. During the inaugural flight it reached an altitude of 17,000 feet and an indicated airspeed of 340 knots.
Bombardier’s fractional aircraft ownership division, Flexjet, is now operating the first Challenger 300s to enter service. Flexjet is scheduled to receive 25 of the super-midsize business jets. At press time, Flexjet had logged 64 hours in 43 flights using the new aircraft, with “no issues,” according to a Bombardier spokesman.
Bombardier has closed its green completion center in Tucson, but it is still doing business aircraft interior refurbishment at its adjacent Tucson Service Center. In December, Bombardier and the Tucson Airport Authority reached a new lease agreement that allows start-up completion center DunnAir to gradually take possession of Bombardier’s former completion facility (see page 76).
Bombardier has launched a global executive charter program offering both block occupied-hour terms and ad hoc rates throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. Skyjet International was unveiled in London on January 26 and incorporates the manufacturer’s existing Skyjet packages in the U.S. and Europe, the Flexjet Europe Jet Membership block charter program and the Flexjet Asia ad hoc charter operation.
Bombardier Flexjet, the U.S.-based fractional business jet arm of Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, last month announced it would begin operations in--where else--Canada. Flexjet Canada has started operations with three Canadian-registered aircraft–two Learjet 45s and a Challenger 604–formerly in the Bombardier corporate fleet and 10 Montreal-based pilots.
Bombardier guarantees its Skyjet International block charter customers availability of a specified type of business aircraft (or a superior model) if a booking is made by 4 p.m. on the day before the required departure date. The company’s ability to deliver on this guarantee depends on its being able to coordinate the charter capacity of Skyjet partner operators worldwide, including some 30 in Europe and 20 in the Middle East and Asia.
Bombardier claims to have had a positive response to the expansion of the Skyjet business jet block charging program across five continents. Skyjet International, which combines the former Bombardier Flexjet Europe and Flexjet Asia/Pacific programs with a new Middle East operation, was established in February as a global system also incorporating the North American catchment area of the U.S.-based Bombardier Skyjet network.