COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, announced today that the company took delivery from Bombardier of its first NetJets Signature Series™ Global 6000* aircraft - the first NetJets Signature Series™ aircraft to enter the marketplace. NetJets formally accepted the aircraft at a special ceremony in Montreal at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre, and then the aircraft flew to NetJets corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio where employees will welcome the jet into its fleet at a special “homecoming” event.
“This is the first all-new aircraft of the 670 we have on order,” said NetJets Chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell. “We have been successful in selling all the shares in this Global 6000 aircraft and we are excited about taking delivery because it kicks off the overall renewal of our fleet, beginning today. Our customers expect the very best from the worldwide leader in private aviation and we are confident that the Signature Series Global 6000 aircraft will exceed their exacting expectations.”
Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft said: “When we handed over the ceremonial keys to NetJets at NBAA just a few weeks ago it marked a momentous occasion that embodies the partnership we are building. Today NetJets has unquestionably become part of the Bombardier Business Aircraft family. We strive for excellence, and our customers don’t just expect it, they demand it. And this Global 6000 jet is another demonstration of the excellence that our Global Completion Centre is capable of.”
The addition of the NetJets Signature Series™ Global 6000 aircraft to the NetJets worldwide fleet is part of NetJets’ plan to add up to 670 new aircraft with a total value of $17.6 billion over the next decade. In addition to the Global family of aircraft (Global 5000*, Global 6000, Global 7000* and Global 8000* jets), the company will be adding, among others, the following aircraft over the next 10 years: Bombardier Challenger* jets including the Challenger 300* and Challenger 605* Series jets, the Cessna Citation Latitude and the Embraer Phenom 300.
NetJets’ Signature Series™ Global 6000 aircraft: The NetJets’ Signature Series™ Global 6000 aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and perfectly balances comfort, speed and range. The aircraft features a full-service galley located in the forward section of the aircraft creating a private and peaceful cabin environment for up to 13 passengers as well as a crew rest area that allows for extended flight segments. The spacious, sophisticated and extremely quiet cabin features a private stateroom that is conducive to productivity and relaxation.
NetJets Signature Series™ aircraft: NetJets recently introduced the NetJets Signature Series™ of aircraft, which are new aircraft that will be entering the NetJets fleet that are customized from design through production and include advanced cockpit and cabin technologies to ensure maximum safety, reliability and operating efficiency as well as advanced in-flight entertainment systems and custom cabin designs. The NetJets Signature Series™ of aircraft, among others, include the Bombardier Global jet family and the Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 Series jets.
NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway® company, is the worldwide leader in private aviation with the largest and most diverse private jet fleet in the world. NetJets began in 1964 as the first aircraft charter and management company in the world. In 1986, NetJets pioneered the concept of fractional aircraft ownership – offering individuals and businesses all of the benefits of whole aircraft ownership and more, at a fraction of the cost. Today, NetJets offers a full range of private aviation solutions through its programs in North America and Europe, including NetJets Shares™, NetJets Leases™ and the Marquis Jet Card®, which provides access to NetJets though a 25-hour jet card.
The North America program is managed and operated by NetJets' subsidiary NetJets Aviation, Inc., and the European program is managed and operated by NetJets Transportes Aereos, SA, a Portuguese/EU Air Carrier. In the United States, NetJets also offers aircraft management and on-demand charter services through its subsidiary, Executive Jet Management, Inc. Subject to obtaining relevant regulatory approvals, NetJets will also offer aircraft management and charter services in China through NetJets China Business Aviation Limited, a joint venture between NetJets and a consortium of Chinese investors. The NetJets companies offer worldwide flight operations. More information on NetJets, NetJets Europe, the Marquis Jet Card, and Executive Jet Management is available at www.netjets.com.
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