New service offers fastest transatlantic speed since Concorde; increased airfield access
Bombardier Aerospace today launched the Bombardier Transatlantic Express*, the world’s first fixed-price business jet charter service between Western Europe and North America.
The new service – which utilizes the high-speed, ultra long-range Bombardier Global Express business jet – will establish a new speed standard by connecting North America and Europe faster than any other civil aircraft since the Concorde.
The Bombardier Transatlantic Express offers return trips between any city in Western Europe and the U.S. Eastern coast for a fixed price. The service is scheduled to begin operations in summer 2004 and will be operated through Bombardier Flexjet Europe, headquartered in London, U.K.
“Following the Concorde’s retirement last year, we received an overwhelming demand to develop a superior solution to cross the Atlantic faster than today’s scheduled services,” said Judith Moreton, managing director, Bombardier Flexjet Europe. “Our solution is the Bombardier Transatlantic Express which offers executive flights at a fixed cost, superior speed and unmatched flexibility.
“Our solution is ideal because, unlike other transatlantic business jet travel programs where customers must purchase an aircraft share, this service is offered ‘by the flight’ and is available to anyone. This is a straightforward, simple program.”
Superior speed, superior access
Designed to fly at speeds up to Mach 0.89 (520 mph; 950 km/h), the Bombardier Global Express can transport passengers from New York to virtually any European city, or from London to most major cities in the eastern and central United States faster than any large business jet. Its flying time is approximately 36 minutes faster than its closest competitor, the Falcon 900EX and approximately 44 minutes faster than the Gulfstream G550.
In addition, unlike scheduled business jet services currently offered by some airlines, the Bombardier Global Express business jet also provides access to a significantly larger number of airfields, so passengers arrive and depart closer to their final destinations. The Bombardier Transatlantic Express service, for example has access to six airports in the London area, three in Paris, and six in greater New York.
The ultimate service
In addition to superior value, speed and flexibility, Bombardier Transatlantic Express service customers will enjoy enhanced service including:
· Complimentary limousine service/executive transport provided both to and from the airport of choice in Europe and the U.S.;
· VIP check-in, including fast track through personal security and passport control, provided at a choice of over 500 airports across Europe;
· Luxurious cabin environment with seating for up to 10 passengers and VIP in-flight, personalized service:
· Freshly prepared three-course meal at their convenience, and snack service throughout the flight;
· Full beverage service including champagne and fine wines;
· Personal DVD players and interactive skymap routing; and
· In-seat power points for computer laptop and optional satellite phone service.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004, were $15.4 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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