Flexjet registers first Gulfstream G650 in Europe

By Doug Gollan, September 28, 2022

The addition of Flexjet’s flagship to its European fractional private jet fleet was previously announced

Flexjet has registered its first Gulfstream G650 in Europe. A second ultra-long-range jet will join the fleet within the next six months.

The news follows an announcement earlier this year.

Offering a maximum range of nearly 11,500km and a top cruise speed of Mach 0.925, the G650 joins Flexjet’s existing super-midsize Embraer Praetor 600 fleet in being registered in Malta and operated by its Maltese operation.

The G650 was welcomed at Malta Airport on Friday, 23rd September, along with a certificate presentation by Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, and Charles Pace, Director General, Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta (TM-CAD); to Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro and European Managing Director Marine Eugène.

Since securing its Maltese Air Operator Certificate in July 2021, Flexjet has expanded its team and infrastructure in Europe, including moving its Operational Centre to larger offices in Malta’s Ta’Xbiex district earlier this month.

This expansion adds to its European sales office in London’s Mayfair, Tactical Control Centre at Farnborough Airport, and aircraft maintenance facility based in Milan, Italy.

Marine Eugène, Flexjet European Managing Director, said, “With a 153% annual uplift in fleet activity so far this year, and our programs in strong demand, this exceptional aircraft significantly enhances our world-class product offering.”

Charles Pace, Director General, Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta (TM-CAD), added, “We warmly welcome Flexjet’s first European Gulfstream G650 to our 9H registry.”

“Their team has demonstrated an impressive level of operational rigor and a safety-centered approach that is entirely consistent with our own. We look forward to seeing their operation continue to grow here in Malta.”

Flexjet carbon offsets

Every Flexjet Gulfstream G650 program in Europe is fully inclusive of measures designed to mitigate through offsetting and begin to make active emissions reductions.

Working with the aviation sustainability consultancy 4Air, all Flexjet flights already include offsetting made at 300% of carbon emissions to allow for CO2 and non-CO2 pollutants.

Additionally, its Gulfstream G650 program includes a 5% emissions reduction through the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by direct fuel uplift or via a book-and-claim system.

Earlier this month, Flexjet announced its commitment to have 12% of its annual global fuel consumption come from SAF by 2030 through a partnership with Alder Fuels and 4AIR.

Further still, and based on each Owner’s flying footprint, a direct contribution is made to the non-profit Aviation Climate Fund to support research and development in future aviation technologies and emission reduction solutions. As a result, Flexjet Gulfstream G650 programs in Europe are specifically rated at 4AIR’s highest level, Level 4 (Platinum).

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