VIP Boeing 737 joins GainJet


GainJet acquires a 60 seat VIP Boeing 737 jet, aircraft is the second Boeing 737 in fleet

GainJet crew with VIP B737GainJet Aviation welcomed
the newest addition to its fleet: a VIP Boeing 737 Corporate Airliner. The
aircraft is registered SX-VIP and has already been nicknamed ‘SeXy VIP’.

The aircraft accommodates 60
passengers in plush leather reclining seats and the hold can
accommodate up to five tonnes of baggage. The six hour flight range makes it
ideal for large groups of passengers in need of a medium range VIP aircraft.
The aircraft’s airstairs provide even more convenience when operating to remote
destinations, since the need for a mobile staircase or an airbridge is removed.

The aircraft is
the second VIP Boeing 737 that GainJet operates. In 2010, GainJet acquired
their first, an executive Boeing 737 with a 48 seat configuration, which has
been popular amongst sports teams, rock bands, governments, and other large
passenger groups.

GainJet chief executive,
Captain James McBride explains, “Our first VIP 737 was a commercial success
from the beginning and there has been more demand than initially forecast. At
certain times in 2011 we were unable to accommodate some requests due to the
aircraft being unavailable. Although with 60 seats, this aircraft aims for a
different market, the two aircraft complement each other. We will base SX-VIP in
the London area
for the initial phase of introduction to the fleet, while testing other markets
to see the best commercial home base for the aircraft.”

McBride continued “Ours is a
part of the industry that is unique. No matter what aircraft is being flown,
everything has to be perfect for the passengers. Our major challenge is when we
are dealing with large groups of VIPs and we have to ensure that everything is
meticulously prepared and delivered. It takes the combined effort of
professional teams that can only be gained by years of experience and
continuous improvement.” McBride goes on to say, “Although highly technical,
our industry is very much about people and personalities. Sometimes aeroplanes
attract nicknames given to them by their crews and the engineers. In this case,
they are already talking enthusiastically about their new ‘SeXy VIP’ which
bodes well for the future!”