Flexjet disclosed additional details of its planned international expansion. Through a fleet of U.S. and European-based aircraft, Flexjet will provide point-to-point global travel capabilities for Flexjet owners.
In addition, international private jet travelers will soon be able to participate in Flexjet programs providing them with access to an expanded selection of private aircraft.
Flexjet’s European operations will come via an acquisition of a company with an existing operating certificate. A letter of intent has been signed and a purchase is expected to close later this year, with the first European-based aircraft to be in operation by year’s end.
London-based Raymond Jones, a former senior vice president of sales with Bombardier, will spearhead international operations as Flexjet’s managing director-International.
“We will serve the global marketplace with programs and services that are astutely tailored to the needs of private jet travelers, while also offering our North American base of shared aircraft Owners the ability to travel internationally without ever having to leave the Flexjet family,” said Flexjet Chairman Kenneth Ricci, who made the announcement in advance of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). “Ray Jones’ all-encompassing knowledge of the international market will afford us a tremendous advantage as we establish a significant operation here in Europe.”
“I have long admired Kenn Ricci’s vision for Flexjet’s expansion and am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the company’s international operations,” Jones said. “Flexjet is making private jet travel between North America and the international domain more accessible than ever, and is introducing an unprecedented level of service quality into the market. I look forward to working with the superb team Kenn has assembled, internationally and in the U.S.”
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