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VistaJet has placed a firm order for 10 Global 8000 aircraft with a total value of around US$650 million.
The news comes a month after an order for six Global 6000s and two Challenger 605s was announced and brings the firm order backlog to more than US$2.0 billion. These orders are set to take VistaJet's total fleet size to more than 60 aircraft.
The Global 8000 will feature a three-zone cabin and a range of 7,900 nm at M0.85 to connect Sydney-Los Angeles, Hong Kong-New York and Mumbai-New York non-stop carrying eight pass-engers. Entry into service is currently scheduled for 2017.
VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr says: "We are seeing unprecedented demand in Brazil, Russia, India, Nigeria and China and other fast-growth developing markets. These markets currently account for in excess of 75% of all our flights.
"At the same time, the geographic reach of our corporate customers places demanding requirements on our fleet, with sectors typically of between five and 10 hours.
"To service this growing demand we are expediting the development of what is already one of the world's largest fleets of long range aircraft," Flohr says.
President of Bombardier Business Aircraft Steve Ridolfi adds: "It was eight years ago at the Paris Air Show that our two companies began this journey.
"There is an increasingly strong demand for large cabin business jets that can connect virtually any city pair worldwide non-stop – the Global 8000 jet is the only contender to meet this requirement."
VistaJet has headquarters in Switzerland and operations centres in London, Salzburg, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. It offers luxury aviation with the largest wholly-owned commercial fleet outside the Americas.
The company is also reported to be replacing its current fleet of Learjet 60XRS with Learjet 60NG aircraft.
Separately, VistaJet has selected Jet Professionals as its preferred supplier of pilots and flight crew. "
Jet Professionals delivers comprehensive recruitment and staffing services crucial to our exacting demands," says Line Thibault, VistaJet executive vice president. "We know we can rely on Jet Professionals to recruit quality personnel."