Flying in right royal style.
ROYAL JET, the Middle East's foremost private charter company, chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, has taken delivery of a new Bombardier Global 5000 business jet.
The aircraft arrived at Royal Jet's fixed based operations (FBO)/VIP terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport mid-January. This is the second Bombardier Global 5000 business jet acquired by the Abu-Dhabi based operator, following the arrival of the company's first Bombardier Global 5000 business jet in November last year.
Captain Patrick Gordon, acting president and chief executive officer of Royal Jet said, "Our first Bombardier Global 5000 has been in service for the past two months and is already extremely popular with our clients. Having a second jet available will help us to meet the needs of Royal Jet's increasing demand from clients and the growing business aviation industry in the Middle East. The regional corporate market is steadily growing and instead of flying with a commercial airline, in many instances, it is a cheaper alternative to charter a private jet -- such as the Global 5000 -- for journeys within the region and further afield."
The Bombardier Global 5000 business jet can carry up to 12 guests and provides more high-comfort living and working area than any of its peers. The cabin can also be configured to sleep seven guests.
The company is evaluating other airline manufacturers and Royal Jet is renewing its collaboration with Boeing and will take delivery of two new Boeing business jets in September and December this year.
Aircraft from Airbus and Gulfstream will be considered as part of Royal Jet's fleet replacement and expansion programme that will increase the fleet to 20 aircraft by the year 2020 at a cost of $700 million.
Royal Jet also took delivery of a Bombardier Learjet 60 XR business jet late last year. "Thanks to His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan's vision and the experienced board of directors, we are already the benchmark for Middle East private charter companies and it's our aim to set the standard globally for operators offering VIP chartered services," Captain Gordon says, "Our fleet expansion is central to our long-term strategic plan that will allow us to expand our network to meet the growing demand and provide our guests with a superior offering and increased capacity."
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