Flexjet Named ‘Best of the Best’ in Flight Services by Robb Report
DALLAS, July 1 — Flexjet has earned top honors in the Fractional Program category from the Robb Report in its 21st Annual “Best of the Best” issue published in June 2009. Flexjet was spotlighted for its innovative, industry-exclusive programs and its backing by parent company Bombardier, the world’s largest business jet manufacturer. Both the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, operated by Jet Solutions, and Bombardier Skyjet program were also recognized as top providers in the categories of Fractional Card and Charter Card Programs.
“We are pleased the Robb Report has recognized Flexjet, the Flexjet 25 Jet Card and Bombardier Skyjet for their outstanding service, innovative programs and ongoing commitment to flexibility and efficiency,” said Fred Reid, President, Flexjet and Skyjet. “By offering a full range of award-winning aviation solutions – from whole aircraft management through our Flexjet One program to fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter – we are uniquely positioned to help companies and individuals best meet their changing needs.”
Touted as one of the best in the category of Fractional Programs, Robb Report describes Flexjet as top in its class due to Bombardier and the “decades of civil aviation experiences that go with it.” Along with Flexjet’s notable ancestry, Robb Report discusses the added options available through the fractional program, including Flexjet’s five-percent charter limit guarantee and the unique Versatility Plus program.
Flexjet has also recently introduced a number of new programs which provide offerings that better meet its customers’ changing needs. The newly redesigned Walk Away Lease program provides many of the benefits that come with fractional jet ownership, but with the option to exit the contract with just a 90-day notice. Flexjet is also the first in the industry to offer fractional jet owners a round-trip pricing benefit, saving them 15 percent off each hour of qualifying round trips.
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program was recognized as the “Best of the Best” in the category of Fractional Card Programs. The program was praised for continuing “to grow their card program in (an) interesting way by offering a variety of value-added options.” Unlike traditional jet card programs, the Flexjet 25 Jet Card is available in 25-, 30- and 35-hour increments and allows cardowners to choose the number of days per year they wish to fly-275, 325, 355 or 365. What’s more, if Flexjet 25 cardowners are not 100 percent satisfied with the program at any time, their unused hours will be refunded with no questions asked.
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card also offers a number of programs that provide greater flexibility for its owners. The Split-Payment option allows jet cardowners to divide the purchase price of a 25-, 30- or 35-hour jet card into two equal payments. The Combination Jet Card offers jet cardowners the benefit of purchasing 50 percent of their total hours in one aircraft type and 50 percent of the remaining hours in another aircraft type, chosen from the entire Flexjet 25 fleet, operated by Jet Solutions.
In the division of best Charter Card Programs, Robb Report distinguishes Bombardier Skyjet, the pioneer service for online brokering of private jets and provider of the Skyjet Card, as one of the leaders in the industry. It was cited for its ability to “consistently offer customers new and different programs that feature enhanced services and discounts, plus some creative benefits.” The article also references Skyjet’s reputable guarantees that include aircraft availability and free positioning, along with its reputation for working “effectively and efficiently in the highly competitive and ever evolving charter industry.” Skyjet Card Membership also provides guaranteed flat hourly rates with the option to take advantage of empty leg flights if available, at a lower cost than program rates.
Established in 1995 and based in Richardson, Texas, Flexjet offers a turnkey program allowing individuals or companies to purchase a share in a Bombardier business jet at a fraction of the full ownership cost. Flexjet owners select the aircraft type that best fits their needs, determine the number of hours per year they expect to fly, and purchase shares starting at 1/16th (equal to 50 hours of flying per year).