Royal Jet is set to add a Challenger 300 to its charter fleet in the first quarter of 2005. The aircraft, which will be used for vip charter, will be based at the company’s Abu Dhabi International Airport FBO. The company already operates two 737-700 BBJs and two Gulfstream G300s, and will mainly operate the new aircraft in the Middle East, but will also carry out charter flights in Europe and western Asia.\rThe company carried out a selection process for all other aircraft types in this category and found the CL300 most suitable for its requirements. \r“The Challenger was chosen mainly to cover our short range requirements, as we have the G300, which is medium range and the BBJ for ultra long range,” explained Royal Jet’s vice president, sales and marketing, Ammar Balkar.\r“We were also attracted by the aircraft’s economics, combined with its large cabin and range that covers the Middle East and subcontinent. Its competitive price and operating costs compared to other midsize jets were also factors, as was the fact that it is fully certificated by the European Aviation Safety Association. “As a new generation aircraft, the CL300 should deliver the best-of-class value in this super midsize business jet category. \rIt requires less runway than other jets in its category, thus giving us access to more airports. Added to that, its design allows access to airfields with runways as short as 5,000ft and it can take-off unrestricted from hot and high airports.”\rThe aircraft will come equipped with a well-appointed standard interior that features club seating, reclining seats, a divan with fold-out bed, ergonomically-designed tables, power outlets with satcom telephone and Internet connection. Royal Jet has also selected a sizeable galley for the CL300 and will provide a cabin attendant on all flights.\rIn additional news, the company has opened an office in Dubai. It will be managed by Dnata, a supplier of air travel services in the Middle East. Dnata Agencies will extend Royal Jet’s services to all airlines and travel agencies in the UAE and the region.