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New Fleets Afoot

Bailey S. Barnard

FLEXJET

Clients of Bombardier-owned Flexjet, which has the fractional industry’s youngest fleet (average aircraft age is approximately 5 years), will soon have access to three new jet models: the forthcoming Bombardier Learjet 70, 75, and 85 (see "Standbys and Arrivals," page 48). Flexjet is also in the process of renovating many of its aircraft’s interiors. All of its new aircraft will feature interiors made specially for Flexjet.

"We’re currently involved in a fleet renewal that’s been going on since last year and will go on every year for the foreseeable future," says company president Fred Reid. Flexjet is the first fractional company to offer access to the light-category Learjet 70 and will be the launch customer for the midsize Learjet 85; the planes are expected to enter service in 2013. The current Flexjet fleet is more than 80 aircraft strong and ranges from the Learjet 40XR light jet to the large-cabin, long-range Bombardier Challenger 605.

In addition to fractional ownership, Flexjet’s programs include aircraft management, on-demand charter, and jet cards. The company recently restructured its Flexjet 25 Jet Card program (operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions). It has always given travelers access to multiple aircraft and the option to select their usage based on calendar days or flight hours, but the program now also includes a debit option that involves an initial deposit of $100,000 from which flight costs are deducted. 800.353.9538, www.flexjet.com

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