Directional Aviation’s Flexjet is continuing growth of its fractional ownership program in Europe by adding to its fleet there
Flexjet is expanding its European fleet following a 180% increase in activity so far this year. The announcement comes ahead of EBACE starting Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland.
The growth will see three more super-midsize Embraer Praetor 600s join its fleet in Europe this month.
Flexjet is also set to operate the Gulfstream G650 in Europe from July. There will be two of the ultra-long-range jets based there by the end of the year.
It recently opened a new state-of-the-art Tactical Control Centre and office space at Farnborough Airport in April. It forms the operational center of its European operation.
This replaces its previous UK operations facility in St Albans, Hertfordshire.It is the second European Operational Centre after Malta. There is a sales center at Flexjet House in London’s Mayfair.
The company has also undertaken a focused hiring campaign for pilots. It has added 33 more to its European crew, since the start of November 2021.
Flexjet European Managing Director, Marine Eugène, said, “We are delighted to confirm these significant investments, which are fueling our continued expansion in Europe.”
She continued, “New program sales and forward bookings are also very robust, so we are well-prepared for a busy summer and second half of the year.”
Flexjet’s Embraer partnership
The three transatlantic capable Praetor 600s are part of a 2019 $1.4 billion order Flexjet placed with Embraer.
Additionally, Flexjet has worked closely with the Embraer Services and Support aftermarket team this year to retrofit Ka-band Wi-Fi on its Legacy 500s, making it the only large fleet operator in Europe to offer the ultra-fast Wi-Fi connectivity on all its aircraft.
Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, said: “Flexjet is one of our most important global customers and we are delighted that our technologically advanced Praetor 600 is proving key to their European market success.”
Eugene recently said Flexjet had pulled back from the jet card market in Europe. Meanwhile, sister PrivateFly has upscaled its offering.
In January, Flexjet said it had achieved IS-BAO status in Europe.