Bombardier today expanded its pioneering corporate shuttle solutions program, announcing an agreement with Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) of Waterford, Michigan, to provide one-stop fleet management solutions for Bombardier Corporate Shuttle aircraft customers in the United States.
Bombardier and ADI, – the largest contract operator of corporate shuttles in the U.S. – together offer an innovative turnkey solution for companies looking to establish a corporate shuttle program, without operating their own flight department or integrating the aircraft into their existing fleet operations.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed October 6, Bombardier Corporate Shuttle customers can choose to contract with ADI for an expansive array of services to meet their needs including: day-to-day aircraft management services; flight crew; customized in-flight catering; and entertainment. In addition, ADI delivers Transport Security Administration-approved security screening, aircraft handling and maintenance services, scheduling, ground transportation, as well as access to revenue-generating charter opportunities.
“We are committed to offering our customers more choices and solutions that meet their needs,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Our family of true Corporate Shuttle Solutions is designed to work in partnership with companies that face the challenge of transporting groups of employees to remote areas and regional communities. We are excited by the synergies between Bombardier and ADI, and creating an environment which offers the best, most value-oriented solution for customers looking to establish a corporate shuttle program.”
ADI has been operating corporate shuttles since 1985. It currently manages up to 38 daily shuttle flights for Fortune 100 customers, achieving an annual passenger volume of nearly 200,000 aboard 8,000 flights. The company operates a range of business jets, and jet and turboprop airliners, and holds an FAR 121 Certified Corporate Airline certificate to operate Airbus A319 aircraft.
“We have witnessed first hand what a corporate shuttle solution can accomplish for travel cost savings and productivity in large corporations, and have seen interest in corporate shuttles grow significantly in recent years,’’ commented Cheryl Bush, president, ADI. “With the emergence of corporate shuttle aircraft as a standard alternative for companies, we are expanding the boundaries of business aviation, and that is very exciting for ADI, Bombardier and our industry.”
Launched in May 2005, the Bombardier Challenger 850, Challenger 870 and Challenger 890 Corporate Shuttle Solutions deliver the proven advantages of a widebody cabin, low direct operating costs, outstanding dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance, all hallmarks of the pioneering Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional airliners from which they are derived.
Each of the three Challenger corporate shuttle models offer a choice of three floorplan configurations, and multiple galley and lavatory options to suit a wide range of needs. All feature stand-up cabins, a flat floor and a minimum 31-inch-pitch between seats.
The first Challenger 850 corporate shuttle entered service on March 30, 2006, with Suncor Energy, Inc. of Canada. The high efficiency shuttle service operates six days a week, transporting the company’s personnel and contractors between Suncor’s Calgary headquarters and its Fort McMurray mining in northern Alberta.
Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) began operations in 1959 at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Michigan. It provides a full range of services for business aviation, such as aircraft management, charter, sales, maintenance, ground support and interior refurbishment. Since 1985, ADI has managed corporate shuttles in various business and commercial aircraft for several major customers. News and information are available at www.flyadi.com.
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, 2006,
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