Royal Jet rapidly expands its charter fleet

Royal Jet received a number of aircraft at Dubai 2005, as the company grew its fleet to keep up with demand.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  December 1, 2005

Royal Jet received a number of aircraft at Dubai 2005, as the company grew its fleet to keep up with demand. During the airshow, the Abu Dhabi-based VIP operator received two Boeing Business Jets, a Challenger 300, an Avro RJ 70 and a Bell August AB139 helicopter. The operator also found time to sign on as a member of Bombardier SkyJet International’s business jet charter network. The highlight of this spate of deals was the two BBJ 1s, which raised the company’s fleet of the Boeing aircraft to seven. The two additions make Royal Jet the largest operator of the type anywhere in the world. “The BBJ is three times the size of the largest new long-range corporate jets, so it provides the freedom and ability to configure the interior to match the personal travel preferences of the customer,” commented Ammar Balkar, vice president, sales & marketing, Royal Jet. The company has opted to utilise the space onboard to equip the two additional BBJs with an en suite state room, eight VIP seats in a club class arrangement, eight business class seats and 12 economy seats. The planes will thereby suit the needs of heads of states, royalty and business leaders on transcontinental flights. “Based on the high demand of the BBJ with en suite state room, the aircraft will provide our loyal clientele with the ultimate travel solution, especially for long-haul flights,” said Balkar. At the show, the company also showcased its Avro RJ 40, which is able to carry 30-40 passengers 2665 km, enough to fly from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai. Also on show was Royal Jet’s newly acquired AB139 helicopter, which joins the company’s two Dauphin helicopters in Abu Dhabi. “By launching the AB139 and the Avro RJ 70 we have expanded our private air charter services,” said HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, chairman of Royal Jet. “Adding these aircraft to our luxury fleet means we can offer our customers a variety of services besides private air charter and help fulfil our clients’ diverse needs for luxury, privacy and accessibility.” Royal Jet’s final unveiling was its recently acquired Challenger 300, which is fitted with six VIP seats and a three-seater divan. This aircraft, along with the rest of Royal Jet’s Bombardier fleet, will also now be available to customers of Bombardier SkyJet International, the Canadian manufacturer’s corporate jet block flight-hour programme. “The Middle East continues to be one of our most important emerging markets, with demand increasing at exponential rates,” noted Judith Moreton, managing director, Bombardier Skyjet International. “As one of the region’s leading business jet charter providers, with exceptional safety and service standards, Royal Jet is an excellent addition to our growing network,” she added.

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