Flexjet Announces Learjet 85 Fractional Program

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:38am

Bombardier-owned Flexjet will offer fractional shares in its parent company's new eight-passenger
Learjet 85. The model, built primarily from carbon composites, has greater range (3,000 nautical miles) and more cabin space than any previous Learjet and offers high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82. Other features include advanced avionics, entertainment and wireless Internet systems. To encourage current Flexjet owners to place a deposit on a share in the new model, the company will waive early-termination fees for existing contracts on other aircraft types that will not expire until after delivery of the Learjet 85.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy