The Challenger 350 order, the majority of which is expected to be delivered through 2022, arrives on the back of growing demand from corporates and executives who are interested in the super-mid segment; VistaJet has seen a surge of nearly 50 per cent in corporate interest globally since July 2020. The Challenger 350 aircraft is an integral offering in VistaJet's super-midsize range, which is driving the higher demand with new and existing customers. It is consistently one of the best-selling businesses jets among charter operators and corporate flight departments across the globe and offers several unique benefits.
The Challenger 350 and Global 7500 new additions will bring VistaJet's global fleet to over 90 aircraft, providing access to 187 countries with regional flying in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including domestic flights within India.
The pandemic is demonstrating that customers are increasingly requiring guaranteed global access 24/7. VistaJet's flexibility and adaptability across its business model and service offerings are playing a critical part in its success and resilience, and this latest order of Challenger 350s clearly reiterates its confidence in the future of the industry.
Additionally, in 2021 VistaJet will complete the upgrade of its entire Challenger 850 fleet, including the installation of the fastest in-flight connectivity available with Ku-band technology, along with a comfortable corporate cabin.
Further, all VistaJet Challenger 605 aircraft will be fully equipped with Ku-band connectivity and upgraded interiors on board by the end of 2021 with the Challenger 350 aircraft following suit by end of 2022; 95 per cent of its Global 6000 aircraft will be upgraded with Ku-band technology and the elevated interior during 2021 to further enhance customer experience on board.
The first quarter of 2021 marked a consecutive quarter in growth in hours sold on VistaJet's membership programme, up 23 per cent year-over-year, and new Program members up 90 per cent.
Founder and chairman Thomas Flohr says: “It is an incredibly exciting time as VistaJet transforms the architecture of how companies and individuals fly. We continue to see rapid acceleration in new members, which is driven by corporate and executive demand for our business mobility offerings. Global private aviation networks will be even more vital to support businesses and the economy. The expansion of our worldwide fleet will guarantee our customers full confidence in a consistent flying experience anywhere in the world, offering the best value in the industry through our unique asset-light flight solutions. We remain committed to providing critical support to businesses in this new world; we kept our business steady during 2020, and we are seeing much increased demand for VistaJet's asset-free solutions in 2021 and beyond.”
Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel adds: "We are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with VistaJet and are thrilled that it has again chosen Bombardier aircraft to support its fleet expansion plans. With unmatched performance and comfort, the Global 7500 and Challenger 350 are the perfect aircraft to support VistaJet's rapid growth as more people turn to business aviation and the enhanced safety and reliability it provides.”