Vienna-based Amira Air has begun operations with the first Global 5000 equipped with the Global Vision flight deck, designed to reduce pilot fatigue.
Sales team leader Christian Schmadlbauer is delighted: "We are proud to be the first operator to receive this aircraft equipped with this brand new flight deck. It integrates perfectly with our fleet and adds to the different capacity and distance options we can offer our clients. The new 5000 can fly close to 5,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85, which means that we can offer non-stop flights between Vienna and New York or Tokyo."
The aircraft has space for 12 passengers and three crew members and entered service in April. The front cabin is equipped with four comfortable single seats which can be reclined as first class seats or to two full single beds. Right afterwards there are four club seats with table. The rear cabin is separated from the front cabin by a sliding door and is equipped with a sofa that can be converted into a single bed and two single seats. All seats have special massage function for the lower back.
Additional features on board the Global 5000 are wi-fi, satellite TV with European, eastern Russian and Middle East channels, which can be viewed on two screens. The cabin is also equipped with a Blu-ray DVD player and docking stations for iPads and iPods.
The Global Vision flight deck features four high-resolution 15-inch diagonal active matrix LCD displays arranged in a T-shape.
Amira Air was founded in 2005 and operates the biggest fleet of Challenger 300s in Europe (six), as well as Global Express, Global 5000, Challenger 604, Hawker 400XP and Cessna CJ2 aircraft. It attributes its success to tailoring its aircraft management services to the needs of its clients.