Bombardier Skyjet*, the nation’s premier service for booking charter business jets and a unit of Bombardier Aerospace, has announced two new enhancements to its Premier Fleet jet membership program, representing the first time that a charter jet membership program has offered customers the flexibility to use their hours for travel between two points in Europe or travel to Europe from North America.
Effective this month, Premier Fleet customers may apply their contract hours for travel between any of 25 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, using a conversion ratio specific to their membership terms. Conversion ratios differ depending on the type of Premier Fleet membership contract but, for example, a customer with a small jet membership contract with unrestricted one-ways can use 1.6 Premier Fleet hours for 1.0 hour of flight time between two points in Europe.
In addition, members may now use their Premier Fleet hours to “upgrade” to a transoceanic or other ultra long-range trip originating in the United States. Bombardier Skyjet will offer transoceanic and other ultra long-range trips through its existing network of top-notch, safety-audited charter operators, while trips within Europe will be offered through the quality operator network serving its sister division in Europe.
The Premier Fleet jet membership program offers customers a block of 25, 50 or 100 hours of flight on a specified aircraft size, at a guaranteed hourly rate plus a membership fee. The new travel options also apply to customers of the Premier Fleet Plus–Learjet* Class program, which enables members to specify a particular aircraft – namely, the midsize Bombardier Learjet 60.
According to Nicholas Houseman, general manager of Bombardier Skyjet, the new travel options provide a point of differentiation for the company, as most other charter jet membership programs restrict travel to within a few hundred miles of the continental United States. Now Premier Fleet customers can travel within, to, and from Europe.
“We believe these new options will offer greater flexibility to our customers,” said Mr. Houseman. “We listened to Premier Fleet customers who said they wanted to have the option of traveling to and within Europe by private jet. We responded by developing a program that allows them to use their hours for longer trips and trips abroad,” he added.
About Bombardier Skyjet
Founded in 1997 and acquired by Bombardier Aerospace in 2000, Bombardier Skyjet offers the Premier Fleet private jet membership program for frequent charter travelers. Premier Fleet offers customers a choice of 25, 50 or 100 flight hours in a preferred size of aircraft, and guaranteed availability with a 12-hour advanced reservation. By charging a simple hourly rate for each hour flown, Premier Fleet eliminates the deadhead costs associated with one-way jet travel and takes the confusion out of charter jet pricing. Premier Fleet is the only block-hour charter membership program offering the option of earning credit toward whole or fractional aircraft ownership. Premier Fleet Plus – Learjet Class offers customers the opportunity to specify the Learjet 60 as their aircraft of choice. Bombardier Skyjet also offers on-demand charter business jets through its quality network of safety-audited charter operators. Charter flights are available by calling 1-888-2-SKYJET or by visiting www.skyjet.com.
Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and provides services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet* and Bombardier Skyjet business aircraft programs, technical services, and aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.
Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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