Flexjet Europe Gears Up for More Growth

 - November 28, 2018, 11:17 AM
Flexjet Europe expects to double its fleet of Nextant 400XTis next year, as well as add a new type—the Embraer Legacy 600—in December. It will also announce "access programs" for European customers in January. (Photo: Flexjet Europe)

Flexjet Europe has seen a 150 percent year-over-year increase in flight activity and will introduce its second fleet type—the Embraer Legacy 600—next month, according to Kenn Ricci, Flexjet’s chairman and principal at parent company Directional Aviation. It has also added an air operator certificate (AOC) outside of the UK for further expansion and to allow uninterrupted flight operations in the EU post-Brexit.

It currently has a floating fleet of six Nextant 400XTi light jets in Europe, and this is expected to increase to 12 by the end of the first quarter, Ricci told AIN. Meanwhile, the first of five Legacy 600s will arrive on property next month, “with more to follow.” By 2023, Flexjet Europe plans to have a fleet of aircraft ranging from light to large-cabin jets, he said, adding, “Just what those models will be is a work in progress.”

Earlier this year, the company’s European affiliate acquired a controlling interest in aircraft charter and management firm Sirio at Milan Linate Airport, augmenting its AOC at UK-based Flairjet. “Sirio will serve as Flexjet’s European operations control center as we take our next steps on the Continent,” Ricci said. This includes a soon-to-be-announced “access program” tailored for customers in Europe, he noted, expanding the company beyond just providing lift within Europe for customers of U.S.-based Flexjet.

Flexjet Europe has also recently hired someone who “brings deep experience selling private jet travel solutions throughout Europe” to help facilitate these plans. Ricci said more details about this new employee and its new European access program will be announced in early January.