Flexjet LLC said it has accelerated deliveries of the Gulfstream G450â¢ business jet in response to heavy market demand.
With the accelerated delivery schedule, six G450s will be flying in the Flexjet fleet by the end of this year, bolstering Flexjet´s ability to serve international routes nonstop.
The G450 is part of an order Flexjet placed in October 2014 for up to 50 aircraft, also including the G500â¢ and G650â¢, from Gulfstream´s iconic line of business jets. Through its close partnership with Gulfstream, Flexjet will closely monitor demand and collaborate with the manufacturer to accelerate deliveries and exercise any of the additional 26 options whenever possible.
The entry into service of Flexjet´s version of the G450 positions Flexjet as the only fractional provider offering the newest and most advanced version of this aircraft, featuring the LXi cabin design and configuration. Capable of being configured to carry up to 16 passengers, the G450 can travel 4,350 nautical miles/8,056 kilometers with eight passengers, easily enabling nonstop trips from the US to European and South American destinations. Fortune 500 corporations and other large business flyers, including flight departments in need of supplemental capacity, have shown the strongest interest in the G450.
Gulfstream´s G450, G500 and G650 will become part of Flexjet´s LXi Cabin Collection, which also includes the Learjet 75, the Challenger 350, Bombardier´s Global Express aircraft and the Embraer Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. The additions will further reduce the age of Flexjet´s fleet, already the youngest in the fractional industry.
Flexjet, LLC first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2015. Its fractional program fields an exclusive array of business aircraft–some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry, with an average age of approximately six years–including their LXi Cabin Collection consisting of the Learjet 75, Challenger 350, the Embraer Legacy 450/500, Global Express and the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650 business jets.