AB Jets has acquired three Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft, with a contractual option to order a fourth by the end of 2023. Adding the industry's best super-midsize business jet to its exclusive fleet of Learjet 60 aircraft marks a transformational new chapter for the ARGUS Platinum-rated US private charter company.
“This fleet expansion represents a milestone in AB Jets' history,” says founder and co-owner Andrew Bettis. “We're pleased to meet our clients' demands with a new category of aircraft in the Challenger 3500. These super mid-size jets will bring an extended range and comfort to our fleet, increasing our ability to service our clientele.”
The Challenger 3500 has an industry-leading dispatch reliability of over 99.8 per cent and the lowest direct operating costs in its class. Its award-winning cabin features Bombardier's Nuage seats, voice-controlled management of lighting, temperature and entertainment systems, and the only 24 inch, 4K display in its class. Its low cabin altitude and the exceptional smooth ride, together with advanced connectivity features, all play into its popularity.
“AB Jets was looking to upgrade its offering with the ultimate jet experience, and we are thrilled that it recognised the Challenger 3500 as the aircraft that can provide just that,” says Bombardier Defense EVP, aircraft sales Jean-Christophe Gallagher. “With our uncompromising commitment to superior performance, an elevated cabin experience, the smoothest ride and consistent reliability, our jets are the aircraft of choice for operators who want to offer a best-in-class business jet experience to their customers. We are looking forward to being AB Jets' partner of choice in the exciting new chapter for the company.”
In addition to its primary operations, the Memphis, Tennessee-based charter operator offers supplemental lift services to brokers, flight departments and other operators. Whether providing support during peak demand periods or as a dependable contingency plan, its reliability record has earned it a place as a trusted partner in the aviation industry.
“With a fleet of nine Learjet 60 aircraft, we've been an operator and advocate of Bombardier aircraft for more than 20 years,” says co-owner and director of operations David Turner. “Our experience has given us confidence in the quality and performance of the product and the team who delivers it. This step is the natural evolution of our enduring relationship.”
Bettis and Turner, high-time pilots with extensive Learjet 60 experience, lead the AB Jets team in this strategic expansion. Bettis' indomitable spirit has forged enduring and meaningful client relationships, which have helped the company realise the market needs these new aircraft will service. Turner's experience as an Air Force veteran and C130 crew chief before transitioning to the cockpit and then to executive management guides his nuanced understanding of every aspect of the operation. Together, they've cast a meaningful vision for AB Jets' growth.