COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, announced today that the London City Airport Authority has approved certification to operate its NetJets Signature Series Global aircraft to and from London City Airport. The certification will enhance NetJets service by offering its Global customers the opportunity to utilize a strategically located airport in London.
“NetJets is the first and only private aviation company to receive approval to operate its Signature Series Global aircraft in and out of a key airport in London,” said NetJets Chairman and CEO Jordan B. Hansell. “We continue to offer our customers innovative, value-added differentiators that make NetJets stand out from its competitors. This is one more example of how we continue our leadership position by providing a unique service that no other private aviation company can offer at this time.”
While London City Airport is a busy business airport - NetJets already has the dominant presence there - it has additional specified safety criteria for take-offs and landings due to its position in the heart of the city. There are a number of requirements, including pilot training that results in accreditation, enhanced weather criteria, and adherence to strict noise abatement procedures that are in place.
“Our top priority at NetJets is always the safety and peace of mind of our customers, their guests and our crewmembers,” added Hansell. “We continue to work with the London City Airport Authority to ensure that NetJets crewmembers are trained at the highest levels and fully accredited to use the airport. We are doing this because it allows us to better serve our customers with an airport that is conveniently located in London.”
NetJets received accreditation by performing rigorous test flights with successful take-offs and landings at London City Airport in a NetJets Signature Series Global aircraft. The company is now in the final stages of training all NetJets Global crewmembers to use the airport.
“For customers who fly the NetJets Signature Series aircraft, this certification will further enhance the service offerings they receive, allowing them to fly from over 5,000 airports worldwide to the heart of London,” said NetJets Europe Chief Operating Officer Mark Wilson. “NetJets is able to offer a unique service that no other business aviation operator is currently able to do.”
The NetJets Signature Series Global aircraft, which includes the 5000 (U.S. only) and 6000, are ultra-long-range jets designed and built exclusively for NetJets by Bombardier. These best-in-class business jets are among the fastest in their class and equipped with new state-of-the-art avionics, including the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck. The NetJets Global aircraft raise the bar and set new standards for large cabin comfort, technology and safety for travellers flying long distances, such as New York to London, Seattle to Tokyo, Houston to Buenos Aires or New York to Los Angeles.
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. With a half century of safety and innovation in private travel, 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 businesses in North America and Europe, as well as in China - once regulatory approvals are finalized. Products include NetJets Shares™, NetJets Leases™ and the Marquis Jet Card®, which provides access to NetJets through a 25-hour jet card.
Beginning in 2012, all of the new aircraft entering the NetJets fleet are designated as Signature Series™ jets. These aircraft 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 include the Embraer Phenom 300, the Bombardier Global family of aircraft, the Cessna Citation Latitude, and the Bombardier Challenger 350 and 605 series.
The North America business is managed and operated by NetJets' subsidiary NetJets Aviation, Inc., and the European business is managed and operated by NetJets Transportes Aereos, SA, a Portuguese/EU Air Carrier. NetJets also offers aircraft management and on-demand charter services through its subsidiary, Executive Jet Management, Inc., which includes operations in the U.S. and Europe. 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.