GainJet sees a number of transatlantic Challenger flights
GainJet has noted that its recently acquired Challenger 604 business jets have already flown a number of long-range flights from destinations in Europe to the US since joining the company’s fleet in March 2013
This re-enforces the company’s belief that many customers still need to travel regularly over long distances. The aircraft were completely refurbished, they feature six club seats and a four person couch and onboard entertainment system, can comfortably accommodate 10 passengers in their spacious cabins and are ideal for Paris – New York, Dubai-London and Kuwait – Paris flights.
The Challengers can be used on medevac flights and are able to carry two stretched passengers on flights such as the UAE ro London. The aircraft also carry full complete medevac kits as standard.
GainJet’s president Captain Ramsey Shaban said “We selected the CL-604s with particular missions in mind as we saw trends for long range aircraft with lower number passengers in addition to wanting to be able to provide Medevac services. For our passengers the spacious cabins, and long range (8.5 hours/4000 nm) make them a valuable addition to the GainJet portfolio. We are noticing that we are receiving increased demand for long range charters between the Middle East, Europe and Africa which reflects the expansion of business activity in these areas. An increasing array of destinations between the Middle East and Africa are appearing a lot more frequently on our trip planning board.”
To best serve GainJet’s three main markets one of the 604s is based in Athens at a central point between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The other Challenger 604 is now based in Kuwait to better serve the Middle-Eastern market. Shaban explains: “The 604s are popular aircraft in all three of these markets, so we’ve chosen Athens as a central home base location for one of the aircraft. This gives us good access to most major cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It also supports the other 604 in Kuwait by providing greater flexibility in that region”.
In 2012, GainJet acquired a Gulfstream G550 and a second VIP Boeing 737-300, while upgrading its flagship aircraft, the VIP Boeing 757. The company also acquired a Boeing 737-400 in November 2012, which is currently being completely refurbished into VIP standards and is expected to be in service by June 2013. GainJet’s mission to expand its long range fleet continues into 2013 when it will add a Gulfstream 650 later in 2013.
GainJet is exhibiting at EBACE in Geneva next week.