VistaJet has placed firm orders for 20 Challenger 350 jets and taken options for an additional 20 of the aircraft. The transaction for the firm aircraft order announced at the Paris airshow this week is valued at approximately US$518 million. If all options are exercised, the total value of the order is approximately US$1.035 billion. Deliveries for the Challenger 350 aircraft, launched last May, will begin in mid-2014.
“Following a historic Global aircraft order late last year, we are very proud that VistaJet has once again chosen to partner with Bombardier for their fleet expansion needs. Our newly launched Challenger 350 jet will be an excellent complement to their existing fleet of Bombardier aircraft,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 350 jet’s superior performance, new cabin and best-in-class operating costs will further support VistaJet’s global expansion and mission to offer the ultimate business jet family across the world”.
“VistaJet leads the industry in offering the world’s most modern fleet of large cabin jets. We now expand this strategy by adding the newest super-midsize aircraft to our existing fleet of Global and Challenger aircraft,” said Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of VistaJet. “Having personally participated in the focus groups that led to the Challenger 350 jet’s conception, I am confident this aircraft will deliver the comfort, technology and range that our customers rely on when flying with VistaJet.”
Last November VistaJet placed the largest business aircraft order in Bombardier’s history with orders for up to 142 Global business jets, which included firm orders for 56 Global jets and options for a another 86 Global jets.
In another announcement at Paris, Bombardier has secured an order for 12 Global 8000 business jets from an undisclosed customer.