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VistaJet announces digital channel dedicated to its rapidly expanding customer base in China
- VistaJet saw strong growth in Greater China in 2016, accounts for 17% of current customer base
- Company is first international private aviation operator to offer flight booking service via WeChat
- Platform gives exclusive access to 72 silver and red private jets to fly all over the globe, as well as domestic flights in China
- Customers can request flights and speak one-to-one with the team on WeChat
SHANGHAI, China, April 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, today announced at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai that it is the first international private aviation operator to launch a WeChat sales platform available for instant global fleet access. Aimed at those who frequently charter business aircraft, the innovative platform will allow Chinese corporations, travel departments, and ultra-high net worth individuals to request flights in the simplest way. The WeChat service is the latest route to providing access to VistaJet’s fleet of 72 silver and red Global and Challenger aircraft, straight from customers’ mobiles.
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The launch of the VistaJet WeChat sales platform stems from the company’s careful observation of the local market and close collaboration with its Chinese customers and partners on its technology strategy. With 17% of its global customer base represented by the greater China region, the company observed that the majority of principal Chinese customers use WeChat instant messaging to communicate directly with their dedicated sales representatives.
By developing this digital channel, VistaJet saw the potential to offer its award-winning private jet travel experience to a larger, digitally active customer base. Its sales teams are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to support users of the WeChat platform. Customers will be able to request one-off charter flights or purchase blocks of flying hours through the Company’s signature Program product. The onboard experience will be just as tailored: Passengers can enjoy an authentic Chinese tea service, request Mandarin and Cantonese speaking cabin staff, and may order dining options from their favourite restaurant or hotel.
VistaJet’s performance in Greater China was particularly strong in 2016, contributing to a 23% growth in flight traffic during the year. In Q1 2017, the Company has doubled sales of flight hours compared to Q1 2016, and the momentum is expected to continue. VistaJet has been offering its international flight experience on domestic China flights since 2015 when it placed its first dedicated Chinese-registered aircraft in partnership with Apex Air. The most visited cities in Mainland China in 2016 were Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou. The top 3 overseas destinations departing from Mainland China in 2016 were Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul.
VistaJet was voted the Best Charter Operator Award 2016 by Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and Business Jet Operator Star Performer 2017 at Hurun Report’s ‘Best of the Best’ Awards.
Founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr said:
“For VistaJet, being global means not only flying our customers anywhere they wish to go to, but also creating a service dedicated to regional cultural demands. Our Chinese consumers don’t tend to use email as a primary communication tool, and instead pointed us to the incredible popularity of WeChat. Launching a WeChat service is a huge opportunity to allow people to talk to our team – anytime, anywhere – and enable us to provide Chinese customers with the best experience in the industry.
VistaJet has enjoyed a successful relationship with China since the company’s creation in 2004. China is a priority market for us, and is driving the increasing demand and double-digit growth VistaJet has enjoyed every year. Last year, 40% of VistaJet’s new business came from customers moving away from fractional or full aircraft ownership and we are now seeing this reflected in China. For Chinese customers who require guaranteed aircraft availability 365 days a year, WeChat could genuinely become an alternative to ownership – merely instant message our team, and we’ll organise the rest, to your own specific taste.”
VistaJet is the first and only global aviation company. On its fleet of silver and red business jets, VistaJet has flown corporations, governments and private clients to 187 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004 by Thomas Flohr, the company pioneered an innovative business model where customers pay only for the hours they fly, free of the responsibilities and asset risks linked to aircraft ownership. VistaJet’s signature Program service offers customers a bespoke subscription of flight hours on its fleet of mid and long range jets, to fly them anywhere and at any time.
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Company records 40% of new business from former aircraft owners as customers shift toward sharing economy models
- Company took on 15 new business jets in 2016, equaling 26% fleet growth
- Has now connected 250,000 passengers to over 1,600 airports in 187 countries
- New customers included principals as young as 25, and major technology companies purchasing 400+ flight hours
- 40% of its new business in 2016 came from customers moving away from fractional or full aircraft ownership
LONDON, March 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, today announced that it has safely performed over 100,000 flights in its history, recording significant growth as corporations and UHNWIs continue using business jets to travel the world.
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In the first nine months of 2016, 7.7% fewer new aircraft were delivered year-on-year, and the total number of deliveries remained at the same level as it was in 20121. At the same time, VistaJet took on 15 brand new business jets in 2016 to meet increasing demand, equaling 26% fleet growth. The company has now connected 250,000 passengers to over 1,600 airports in 187 countries.
The company forecasts this growth to continue as a rising number of millennials enter the business aviation market and look to participate in the shared economy trend rather than own a depreciating asset. Among its new customers were principals as young as 25, and major technology companies purchasing 400+ flight hours for their executives to fly worldwide. The firm reports that 40% of its new business in 2016 came from customers moving away from fractional or full aircraft ownership in favour of anytime access to its global fleet.
VistaJet Program customers accounted for the majority of the company’s business in 2016. The VistaJet Program is a bespoke solution aimed at individuals and corporations flying between 50 and 1,000+ hours per year, offering guaranteed access anytime and anywhere to a global fleet of silver and red branded aircraft.
As part of its 71 business jets, VistaJet now also counts the largest privately owned Global 6000 and Challenger 350 fleet in the industry. In 2016 the company moved its global headquarters to growing European business hub, Malta, whilst expanding its offices in key cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Hong Kong, Seoul and Lisbon.
Chairman and Founder Thomas Flohr said:
“What we’re seeing is that due to broader uncertainty and changing attitudes to ownership, while entrepreneurs and corporations want the flexibility and convenience of using a business aircraft, they don’t want the asset risk or the up-front costs. Celebrating our 100,000th flight is a real indication that customers have found the answers they are looking for in our business model. We have invested in our fleet, our people, and our global infrastructure, to offer an unmatched service.
We pride ourselves on providing the support and resources companies need to do business. Whether that is organising complex trips to multiple, remote destinations or arranging for meetings to take place in-flight, regardless of where in the world they are, we are there for our customers when they need us.”
VistaJet is the first and only global aviation company. On its fleet of silver and red business jets, VistaJet flies corporations, governments and private clients to 187 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004 by Thomas Flohr, the company pioneered an innovative business model where customers pay only for the hours they fly, free of the responsibilities and asset risks linked to aircraft ownership. VistaJet’s signature Program service offers customers a bespoke subscription of flight hours on its fleet of mid and long range jets, to fly them anywhere and at any time.
More VistaJet information and news at vistajet.com.
Information Matteo Atti VistaJet International T: +44 (0) 203 667 5366 M: +44 (0) 7827 856692 Matteo.Atti@vistajet.com James Leviton Finsbury +44 207 251 3851 VistaJet@finsbury.com
Flight Research, Inc. completes world’s first Supersonic Civilian Upset Recognition and Recovery Training Course
The Flight Research Upset Recognition and Recovery Training combats the number one cause of worldwide fatal aircraft accidents; Flight Research, Inc. is the only provider of URRT in supersonic aircraft for professional pilots
MOJAVE, Calif., Feb. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flight Research instructor and former NASA astronaut Billy Oefelien just gave a certificate of completion to the first ever civilian professional pilot to complete upset training in supersonic flight. Oefelien says, “It is a wonderful experience to train pilots to this ultimate level of competence and prepare them to save lives through this course.”
This is High-Performance upset training in supersonic aircraft using the T-38 Talon. Highly experienced instructors teach professional civil pilots to understand the characteristics of transonic and supersonic flight by relating aerodynamic theory to practical flying.
VP of Operations, Scott Glaser, explains why this course is unique and the first of its kind: “Civil jet aircraft have evolved into extremely high performance machines. Unfortunately, pilot training has not evolved at the same pace. These aircraft are capable of very high altitudes and speeds, approaching supersonic, where airplanes behave differently than they do at slower speeds. As such, a different set of skills is required to deal with upsets in this flight regime which are not taught to civil pilots. FAA Advisory Circular 61-107A details that a number of corporate jet airplanes have been involved in catastrophic loss of control during high-altitude/high-speed flight. Airplanes unintentionally exceeded the speed of sound during upset with catastrophic results due to lack of pilot training. Flight Research provides the solution to fill this training gap, HiPer URRT.”
Flight Research URRT meets all FAA, EASA, and ICAO upset training compliance standards. It is a necessary part of any safety and training program as the most robust and comprehensive upset training in the world.
Tune in to see Flight Research, CEO Bill Korner address Loss of Control and pilot training on Fox Business Network this Sunday.
About Flight Research, Inc.
Flight Research leads the aviation industry in professional URRT, Flight Test Support, Spaceflight Orientation, Aircraft Maintenance, and Aerospace Research and Development. Founded in 1981, Flight Research operates a fleet of more than 40 aircraft and is headquartered at 1062 Flight Line, Hangar 161, Mojave, California 93501.
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VistaJet ได้รับการโหวดให้เป็น Business Jet Operator Star Performer ที่สถาบันการวิจัย Hurun ด้วยรางวัล “Best of the Best”
งคั่งสูง (High Net Worth individuals) 449 รายจากเมืองต่างๆ 40 กว่าแห่งในประเทศจีน
- เป็นครั้งที่ 2 ที่ VistaJet ได้รับรางวัลนี้
บัติการเครื่องบินเช่าเหมาลำดี ที่สุด (Best Charter Operator Award) จากสมาคมธุรกิจเอเชียเอวิเอชั่น (Asian Business Aviation Association) ในเดือนพฤศจิกายน 2016
HONG KONG, Jan. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, บริษัทการบินครอบคลุมทั่วโลกเพี
ในการเลือกผู้ชนะ สถาบันวิจัย Hurun ได้เดินทางพบ 449 บุคคลที่มีอิทธิพลมากที่สุ
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VistaJet voted Business Jet Operator Star Performer at Hurun Research Institute’s “Best of the Best” Awards
- Voted for by 449 High Net Worth individuals from more than 40 cities in China
- Second time VistaJet has won the award
- Company was also given the Best Charter Operator Award by Asian Business Aviation Association in November 2016
HONG KONG , Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, received the Business Jet Operator Star Performer accolade for the second time at the Hurun Research Institute’s “Best of the Best” awards in Shanghai. The awards are based on the results of the Hurun Report Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2017. This is the thirteenth consecutive year Hurun Research has produced a report on the brand preferences, consumption habits and lifestyle trends of China’s wealthiest individuals; considered a benchmark for the luxury sector.
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To select the winners, Hurun Research Institute visited 449 of the most influential high net worth individuals in China, who voted based on their personal experiences. Each of the voters has assets of over CNY 10 million, and has travelled by private jet previously. The aviation entrants were judged against a broad range of metrics including customer service, global coverage, and in-flight experience.
VistaJet has seen strong growth both globally and in Asia in recent years. It has increased the size of its fleet from 32 aircraft in 2013 to 71 today, and the company now regularly serves over 90% of the globe. The company saw triple digit growth in flights from Europe and the US to Asia in the first half of 2016, with Greater China proving particularly popular. With a dedicated Chinese-registered aircraft, VistaJet is one of the few international operators with the ability to fly domestically in the country through its partnership with Apex Air.
VistaJet is committed to offering the highest in-flight standards in the industry. That means more than just providing the space and convenience of a private aircraft. Everything in the journey can be personalised, from the temperature of the cabin to the dining experience, the cocktail menu to the in-flight entertainment. Every aircraft comes with a complete office suite, custom fitted Skysleeper mattresses and cashmere blankets, as well as a cabin crew trained by the British Butler Institute to welcome customers on board.
One of the key factors that differentiates VistaJet from its competitors in Asia is its unique business model, which gives customers an unrivalled level of flexibility. Customers only pay for the hours they are in the air, there are no positioning fees, and no asset risk. Because the company has invested to grow its fleet, it can offer something no one else in the market can, a truly global service that is consistently best in class.
Chairman and Founder Thomas Flohr said:
“China is an incredibly important market for us, so we are proud to have received the Business Jet Operator Star Performer accolade for the second time at Hurun Research Institute’s Best of the Best Awards.“
We know that consistency of service is important in Asia. That is why we have invested in our fleet and service, so that not only do all our aircraft look and feel the same, but we can also offer the same high service levels, regardless of whether a customer is flying from Shanghai to London, or New York to Tokyo. That’s something our competitors can’t match”.
VistaJet is the first and only global aviation company. On its fleet of specially designed business jets, VistaJet flies corporations, governments and private clients to 187 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004 by Thomas Flohr, the company pioneered an innovative business model, free of the responsibilities and asset risks linked to aircraft ownership, where customers pay only for the hours they fly. VistaJet’s signature Program service offers customers a bespoke subscription of flight hours on its fleet of mid and long range jets to fly them anywhere, at any time.
News and information are available at www.vistajet.com.
Information Amy Yang VistaJet International T: +852 2901 0502 M: +852 9080 3985 firstname.lastname@example.org James Leviton Finsbury +44 207 251 3851 VistaJet@finsbury.com
– Airline becomes launch customer of extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft
– The 86-seat aircraft will feature 10 premium service seats
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Oct 14, 2016) – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Philippine Airlines, Inc., flag carrier of the Philippines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to 12 Q400 aircraft.
“For close to a decade, the Bombardier Q Series family of aircraft has been instrumental in evolving our domestic network operations,” said Jaime J Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines. “We are proud that our continued fleet growth now makes us the first airline to launch service with the two-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft. As we strive to become a 5-star-rated airline, the Q400 aircraft, featuring a modern and innovative configuration, will be instrumental in providing our travellers with a world-class, in-flight passenger experience.”
“Integrating the extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft into its operations is the ideal solution for Philippine Airlines as it reshapes its domestic air travel strategy,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With its perfect balance of passenger amenities and operational flexibility, the 86-seat Q400 aircraft will offer Philippine Airlines significant opportunities to differentiate itself in the region’s fiercely competitive environment.
“We look forward to working with Philippine Airlines to reach a firm purchase agreement for Q400 aircraft,” added Mr. Cromer.
“As Philippine Airlines looks to develop its domestic operations from secondary hubs and increase intra-island connectivity, the 86-seat Q400 aircraft — the largest two-class turboprop aircraft available on the market — will increase the carrier’s competitiveness by offering the lowest seat-mile and operating costs in the regional aircraft market,” said François Cognard, Vice President, Sales, South-East Asia and Australasia. “Our continued collaboration will undoubtedly set the stage for another decade of profitable and efficient operations for Philippine Airlines.”
Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets have made significant advances in the Asia-Pacific region where approximately 190 aircraft – including more than 165 Dash8/Q Series turboprops — are in service with, or ordered by, over 25 customers and operators.
Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region includes Regional Support Offices in Narita (Tokyo), Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, as well as Parts Depots in Sydney, Beijing and Singapore. Operating from the company’s regional office located in Singapore, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.
About Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered in Manila, PAL celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as the first commercial airline in Asia still in operation today. Operating out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport of Cebu, Philippine Airlines serves 31 destinations in the Philippines and over 40 destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America and Europe.
About the Q400 Aircraft
Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It provides unmatched performance, operational flexibility and passenger comfort. In addition to the standard single-class configuration, Q400 aircraft are available with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort; in an optional extra-capacity configuration offering up to 90 seats for higher-density markets; and in a cargo-passenger combi configuration.
Thanks to its combination of turboprop attributes, jet-like features, industry-leading passenger experience and environmental footprint, the Q400 aircraft is exceptionally versatile and can be adapted to a variety of business models. By offering a 30 per cent reduction in fuel burn over the jets it often replaces, the Q400 aircraft radically reduces carbon emissions and increases cost efficiency. Its high-speed cruise — 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops — places the aircraft’s flight time within minutes of jet schedules, at the same seat cost as larger single-aisle jets. Its large propellers operate at a lower RPM, generating more power with less noise and making it a friendly option for city centres.
The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries. The worldwide fleet has logged more than 6.9 million flight hours and has transported more than 429 million passengers. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing community.
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 565 Q400 aircraft.
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ONE Aviation(TM) Names Jinggong General Aviation Exclusive Chinese Distributor of the Eclipse(TM) Jet
Jinggong to Open the Asian Market for the Light Jet Manufacturer
XI’AN, China, Oct. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ONE Aviation is pleased to announce Jinggong General Aviation Co., Ltd. as the exclusive distributor for the Eclipse Jet in China. Jinggong General Aviation, now in its eleventh year of safe operation throughout China, offers an integrated, one-stop sales, training, and service platform for each of the various aircraft they represent, including Cirrus and Mahindra Airvan.
General manager of Jinggong General Aviation Co., Ltd., Mr. Zhang Mingding, emphasized: “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to offer the Eclipse to our customers, especially under the background of the rapid development of aviation in China. We are confident that this cooperation with ONE Aviation will continue to grow the Eclipse market across Asia.”
Alan Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation, is equally excited: “Jinggong has always maintained its position at the forefront of innovation in Chinese aviation. We are thrilled to have such a distinguished and passionate group represent us in this incredibly important market,” says Klapmeier. “One Aviation appreciates the as-yet untapped sales potential available within China for the light jet market, and we are excited to join with a group like Jinggong who shares our vision of aviation growth in China.”
Jinggong (Beijing) General Aviation Company and its subsidiaries are Category A general aviation companies approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and provide operational support, sales support, flight training, and maintenance services in many Chinese provinces.
The Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet from ONE Aviation features best in class performance, economics, and safety. The Eclipse 550 can fly at altitudes up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming a mere 59 gallons of fuel per hour, making it the most efficient twin-engine jet on the planet.
About Jinggong General Aviation Co., Ltd.
Jinggong General Aviation is committed to providing the Chinese aviation community with professional aviation services, including flight training, aircraft sales, business jet operations, aircraft maintenance, airport management, and other general aviation operations. Jinggong General Aviation and its subsidiaries currently own Beijing Badaling airport management company.
About ONE Aviation
ONE Aviation markets, produces, and delivers the Eclipse 550 and Eclipse SE twin-engine jets, as it develops the Kestrel 350 single-engine turboprop. ONE Aviation also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 fleet. For more information, please visit www.ONEaviation.aero.
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