Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets® today celebrated the first key milestone linked to last year’s historic Global aircraft sales announcement.
A special ceremony to highlight NetJets‘ first Bombardier aircraft, a Global 6000 jet, was attended by executives from NetJets and Bombardier as well as 1,000 Bombardier employees at the company’s Toronto site.
The event, held just prior to the jet’s ferry flight from the assembly line in Toronto, Ontario, to the GlobalCompletion Centre in Dorval, Québec, marked the official hand over of the first aircraft from the build team to the completions team.
“Just eleven months after NetJets’ historic Global aircraft order, we are already celebrating the assembly of their first Global 6000 jet. I can say without a doubt that this is a proud moment for everyone at Bombardier,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“As we enter the second phase of the build program, the team at the Global Completion Centre is fully engaged, ensuring this aircraft will feature the fine craftsmanship our customers expect and that Global jets are recognized for worldwide.”
“We are excited to be working with the talented Bombardier team on these exceptional aircraft,” said Donald Strench, Vice President, Fleet Planning & Acquisitions, NetJets.
“The Global aircraft family is ideally suited to our Owners’ needs for safety, extended range, superior reliability, cabin comfort and operating efficiency. The Globaljets will be an excellent complement to our overall fleet.”
NetJets is the worldwide leader in private aviation with a fleet of more than 750 aircraft worldwide. The decision to add the Global family of aircraft to the NetJets fleet was based on NetJets’ commitment to providing their owners with custom designed aircraft equipped with the latest advances in safety, technology, performance and comfort, as well as responding to the growing demand for ultra long-range, large cabin aircraft. The NetJetsGlobal 6000 aircraft will be configured for up to 13 passengers, featuring an aft cabin state room and full service galley with flight attendant service for ultra long-range flights such as Seattle-Tokyo non-stop*.
On the 1st March 2011, NetJets placed a firm order for 50 Global business jets with options for an additional 70 Globalaircraft. The transaction for the firm order is valued at approximately $2.8 billion US based on list prices. The firm order includes 30 Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, with final deliveries scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sale includes 20 firm orders for Bombardier’s newly launched Global 7000 and Global 8000jets. Deliveries of these aircraft will begin in 2017. At a total retail price exceeding $6.7 billion US, NetJets’ order was the largest aircraft purchase agreement in the history of private aviation.