Flexjet Inc., a prominent player in the private aviation industry, is set to strengthen its mid- and super midsized fleet by adding 22 new aircraft by the end of 2023.
This strategic move continues the company’s five-year trend of growth in this particular category. Flexjet’s commitment to enhancing its fleet is exemplified by the recent inclusion of the Embraer Praetor 600 in its North American operations, following two successful years in Europe.
Additionally, Flexjet has introduced the Bombardier Challenger 3500 to its super midsized private jet offering, setting new benchmarks for modernity, range, and versatility.
Praetor 600 & Challenger 3500
With the incorporation of the Praetor 600 and Challenger 3500 alongside the existing Praetor 500 and Challenger 350 aircraft, Flexjet now boasts the industry’s leading selection of mid- and super midsized aircraft.
D.J. Hanlon, the Executive Vice President of Sales at Flexjet, emphasizes the unmatched mission versatility offered by these aircraft, positioning Flexjet as the premier private aviation provider.
Since 2020, the Praetor 600 has been a key asset in Flexjet’s rapidly growing European fleet, earning acclaim as the fleet launch customer for the aircraft.
The successful performance of the Praetor 600 in Europe has paved the way for its introduction into Flexjet’s U.S. fleet.
Significant investment in Flexjet’s mid- and super midsized fleet in North America has been vital in meeting the surging demand for coast-to-coast travel. In fact, since 2018, Flexjet has nearly doubled the size of this segment of its fleet.
D.J. Hanlon further emphasizes Flexjet’s forward-looking approach, stating, “Our ability to fly our aircraft owners on these in-demand aircraft today, and not at some distant time in the future, is further validation of our forward-looking approach.”
“We take pride in foreseeing where the desires of the market will be well into the future to ensure we are always offering the leading experience in global private jet travel.”
Fleet expansion beyond 270 aircraft
In its pursuit of expansion, Flexjet aims to surpass a fleet size of 270 aircraft worldwide (excluding helicopters) by the end of this year.
The fleet will comprise notable aircraft models such as the Embraer Phenom 300 and Praetor 500 and 600, the Bombardier Challenger 350 and 3500, and the Gulfstream G450 and G650. By the end of 2023, Flexjet plans to more than double its fleet compared to its size in 2018.
In line with its growth plans, Flexjet recruited an additional 350 pilots in 2022. Looking ahead, the company intends to hire 388 more flight crew members and 338 aircraft maintenance technicians in 2023, demonstrating its commitment to delivering exceptional service.
In total, Flexjet is projected to employ an additional 1,400 skilled professionals.
In conclusion, Flexjet Inc. is expanding its mid- and super midsized fleet to cater to the rising demand for private aviation. With the introduction of cutting-edge aircraft like the Praetor 600 and Challenger 3500, Flexjet solidifies its position as an industry leader.
About the Embraer Praetor 600
The Flexjet Embraer Praetor 600 seats nine passengers and offers class-leading capabilities that make it ideal for both business and leisure use. It joins the Praetor 500, already a staple in the Flexjet fleet, and is available for fractional purchase today.
With a range of 7,441 kilometers/4,018 nautical miles and a high-speed cruise of 466 knots/536 MPH, the Praetor 600 is the world’s farthest-flying jet in its class.
In the cockpit, the Praetor 600 includes full fly-by-wire technology, which powers the Active Turbulence Reduction feature that not only makes every flight the smoothest but also the most efficient possible.
One of the distinctive features of the Praetor 600 is enlarged winglets, roughly six feet high, which contribute to the aircraft’s fuel efficiency.
Beyond possessing technology resulting in the industry’s quietest super midsized cabin, the Praetor 600 also has a cabin altitude of just 5,800 feet while cruising at 45,000 feet.
About the Bombardier Challenger 3500
The Flexjet Bombardier Challenger 3500 continues a tradition of outstanding super midsized aircraft at Flexjet that includes the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350.
The 3500, the newest generation of Challenger aircraft, has a 3,200 nautical mile/5,926 km range, giving it nonstop coast-to-coast flight capabilities. It also has a maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet/12,496 m.
With the ability to carry up to nine passengers, the Challenger 3500 has a redesigned interior with exclusive touches including the patented Nuage seat, which offers a zero-gravity position that was previously available only on Bombardier’s large-cabin Global aircraft.
It also has advanced technologies such as the first voice-controlled cabin, wireless chargers in the cabin and the only 24-inch, 4K displays in its class.
In addition, the Challenger 3500 has a cabin altitude of 4,850 feet, leaving passengers feeling refreshed when they step off the aircraft. It also has the most rapid fresh air delivery system in its class, replenishing the cabin’s air in under two minutes.