Bombardier Skyjet International Expands into Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent

Pioneering charter programme further strengthens global presence

Bombardier today further expanded its Skyjet International programme in the Middle East, establishing a presence in Pakistan through an alliance with Princely Jets – a leading business jet operator in the region. Skyjet International is the world’s first integrated global charter services programme capable of providing travelers with unrestricted and fixed-price access to more than 900 business jets worldwide.

Princely Jets was selected to serve a growing demand for domestic and regional business jet travel in Pakistan. Skyjet International customers will benefit from Princely Jets’ detailed insight and knowledge of business aviation needs in Pakistan as well as their established fleet of business jets.

To celebrate this momentous occasion and toast the new alliance, Secretary of Defence Lieutenant General Tariq Wasim Ghazi and several senior government ministers flew from Islamabad to Karachi on a super midsize Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet. The eight- passenger aircraft, which entered service in January 2004, offers a transcontinental range of up to 3,100 nautical miles (4,539 km) and the widest, most spacious cabin in its class.

“We’re delighted to welcome Princely Jets to the Skyjet International programme,” said Judith Moreton, managing director, Skyjet International. “The Middle East is experiencing some of the strongest growth in business aviation worldwide, as business leaders and entrepreneurs alike realize the incredible value of business jet travel. In the last six months, we have increased the number of hours sold in the region by over 40 per cent and have doubled our customer base.

“Travelers in Pakistan can now benefit from a seamless global travel solution, offering passengers the unprecedented ability to purchase business jet transportation from a single source and fly anytime, anywhere in the world,” said Ms. Moreton.

Ghouse Akbar, president, Princely Jets Ltd, added: “Not only will this change the face of domestic travel in Pakistan, our exclusive agreement with Skyjet International guarantees that our clients have unprecedented access to private jets the world over.”

Second new partner added to Skyjet International network in seven days
Princely Jets is the second new Skyjet International partner announced in the last 10 days. The company welcomed the Royal Jet Group as an approved operator in its programme at the Dubai Airshow on November 21, 2005. Together with ExecuJet Middle East, Bexair and Cirrus Aviation, Skyjet International’s Middle East partners currently offer a fleet 16 aircraft for travel within the region.

Skyjet International – together with Bombardier Skyjet – is the only service of its kind to be developed by a business aircraft manufacturer. Featuring the world’s largest fleet of Bombardier aircraft – including the Bombardier Learjet 31A, Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60, Challenger 300, Challenger 601-3R, Challenger 604, Challenger 850 and the Global Express – it offers access to more than 5,500 airports worldwide.

Bombardier Skyjet International has offices in Dubai, London and Hong Kong. Bombardier Skyjet is headquartered near Washington D.C.

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