Kansas City-based Airshare has become the newest fleet operator of Bombardier's Challenger 350. Airshare has ordered three super midsize Challenger 350s, with options for 17 more, enabling the company to double the size of its fractional ownership fleet in the near future.
“The addition of super midsize jets into our fleet represents a significant milestone in our vision to intelligently expand the Airshare brand nationally,” comments Airshare president and CEO John Owen. “Considerable due diligence went into choosing the Challenger 350 business jet, with input from our current customers and contributions from every department in the company. Partnering with Bombardier puts us in an excellent position to attract future customers who have wanted to join our programme but desired a larger aircraft with greater range, while also ensuring we continue to deliver best-in-class service that has become synonymous with Airshare.”
Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel adds: “We appreciate the confidence Airshare has expressed in our Challenger 350 aircraft. This jet is the all-round performer. No other aircraft in the category comes close to its superior reliability, range, speed, performance, cabin experience and operating costs. Airshare is one of the most successful fractional programmes in the US. We are proud it has chosen the Challenger 350 aircraft to anchor its fleet, and we are extremely excited about the potential of this long term partnership.”
Airshare selected the Challenger 350 aircraft as the catalyst for strategically expanding its fractional ownership programme beyond its core markets in the central United States, with the goal to soon begin serving customers on the US east coast. Airshare's days-based programme appeals to both business and leisure travellers seeking to maximise their efficiency and productivity.
Airshare's fractional programme provides each owner with a 1/16th share with 20 days and unlimited flight time, based on a customer's allocation of days with a maximum 14-hour crew duty day. When Airshare share owners begin and end in the same location, while keeping the aircraft and crew with them, they save up to 35 per cent of their hourly rate. Having the pilots and aircraft stay with share owners as they travel provides the flexibility as they are able to visit multiple locations and adjust their schedules at a moment's notice.
Airshare also offers its own Embark jet card programme, as well as aircraft management, on-demand charter and maintenance services.
In 2020, the Challenger 350 cemented its position as the most-delivered business jet in the medium jet category seven years in a row. To complement its performance capabilities, Bombardier continues to introduce value-added enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft cabin, including an expanded selection of stylish interior design schemes, high-speed Ka-band connectivity and an advanced cabin management system.