Flexjet successfully launches European operations
March 14, 2017
Flexjet has successfully launched its long-awaited European operations. “Flexjet has taken delivery of its first jet in Europe in the form of a Nextant 400XTi, and CEO of the company’s UK operations Ray Jones says that everything has gone to plan so far,” states a 9 March 2017 news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website.
The Cleveland, Ohio-based company has long announced plans to set up shop in Europe. According to the EBAN article, Flexjet made its European expansion intentions known at the 2016 EBACE, where it announced that plans were underway to acquire an air operator’s certificate (AOC). EBAN quotes Jones as saying: “That was concluded at the end of July with the purchase of FlairJet, which we were really pleased about. It worked for us in so many ways, principally because of the cultural alignment between the two companies. There are lots of things that you look at when you make an acquisition, but if you don’t have cultural alignment, it becomes a very difficult thing to achieve. With FlairJet, we are delighted with how that has gone.”
Flexjet’s top management has indicated that the launch of its European operations in the United Kingdom brings to fruition concrete plans that seek to enhance the scope and coverage of its international market operations. This includes the successful completion of the scheduled delivery of the Nextant 400XTi as Flexjet’s first dedicated jet for its operations.
The Nextant 400XTi is a superb choice for the launch of the company’s business jet operations in Europe. EBAN quotes Jones as emphasising: “This aircraft works very well for us in many ways…It is a very price-sensitive market, there are no two ways about it, and it is pretty much flat in growth at the moment. Whatever you do with whatever sales model and aircraft you have, everything has to be price sensitive. Without that, it is difficult to be successful.”