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Flexjet adds G650 to European fleet
The first of two G650s has arrived with Flexjet, registered on its Maltese AOC. Fractional owners in Europe now have a long range option through the shared ownership programme.
Flexjet CEO Michael Silvestro and minister for transport, infrastructure and capital projects Aaron Farrugia.
Read this story in our November 2022 printed issue.

Flexjet has registered its first Gulfstream G650 in Europe, with a second ultra-long range jet set to join the fleet within the next six months. Following the success of its Gulfstream G650 programme in the US, Flexjet will now provide its fractional owners in Europe with the same long range option, the first time the iconic aircraft has become available in Europe on a shared ownership programme.

Offering a maximum range of nearly 11,500km and a top cruise speed of Mach 0.925, the Gulfstream G650 joins a number of Flexjet's existing super-midsize Embraer Praetor 600 fleet in being registered in Malta and operated by its Maltese operation.

The new fleet arrival was welcomed at Malta International airport, along with a certificate presentation by minister for transport, infrastructure and capital projects Aaron Farrugia and Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta director general Charles Pace to Flexjet CEO Michael Silvestro and European managing director Marine Eugène.

Since securing its Maltese AOC in July 2021, Flexjet has expanded its team and infrastructure in Europe, including moving its operational centre to new, larger offices in Malta's Ta'Xbiex district earlier this month. This expansion adds to its European sales office in London's Mayfair, tactical control centre at Farnborough airport and aircraft maintenance facility based in Milan, Italy, demonstrating its strong commitment to a Europe-wide presence.

Eugène says: “Our ultra-long range programme is well-established in the US, and we are delighted to welcome our first Gulfstream G650 into our European fleet, a significant investment that is a key milestone in our ambitious expansion plans. With a more than 153 per cent annual uplift in fleet activity so far this year and our programmes in strong demand, this exceptional aircraft significantly enhances our world-class product offering.

“Registering our first European Gulfstream G650 in Malta demonstrates how pivotal this location is to our future growth. We have been impressed by its dynamic and professional aviation community, and growing pool of industry talent. As we continue to invest in our operation here, I look forward to building on our excellent relationship with Transport Malta's Civil Aviation Directorate, which shares our commitment to the highest standards of safety and compliance.”

Charles Pace adds: “We warmly welcome Flexjet's first European Gulfstream G650 to our 9H registry. Its team has demonstrated an impressive level of operational rigour and a safety-centred approach that is entirely consistent with our own. We look forward to seeing its operation continue to grow here in Malta.”

Every Flexjet Gulfstream G650 programme in Europe is fully inclusive of measures designed both to mitigate through offsetting and to begin to make active emissions reductions. Working with the aviation sustainability consultancy 4Air, all Flexjet flights already include offsetting made at 300 per cent of carbon emissions, to allow for both CO2 and non-CO2 pollutants. Additionally, its Gulfstream G650 programme includes a five per cent emissions reduction through the use of SAF by direct fuel uplift or via a book and claim system.

Earlier this month, Flexjet committed to have 12 per cent of its annual global fuel consumption come from SAF by 2030 through a partnership with Alder Fuels and 4Air.

Further still, and based on each individual owner's flying footprint, a direct contribution is made to the non-profit Aviation Climate Fund to support research and development in future aviation technologies and emission reduction solutions. As a result, Flexjet Gulfstream G650 programmes in Europe are specifically rated at 4Air's highest level, Level 4 (Platinum).

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