VistaJet says goodbye to last LearJet 60
VistaJet has sold off the last of its Bombardier LearJet 60 private jets, ending the company’s association with light jets.
The company had operated a total of 20 LearJet 60s since they took delivery of their first aircraft in 2004.
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The last LearJet 60 left London’s Northolt Airport to the US where it has been sold.
During VistaJet service, the combined fleet of LearJet 60s clocked up 42,962 hours over 18,262 flights, which the company says is equivalent to 500 trips around the world.
“Today is a very emotional day. The Learjet 60 was my first aircraft and the catalyst for the company we know as VistaJet today,” said Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet. “Learjet aircraft are fast and agile, pilots love to fly them and the cabin volume is generous, so passengers are always comfortable.”
Although VistaJet took delivery of its first Learjet 60 in 2004, Flohr purchased a LearJet 60 for his own use in 2003.
With the LearJet 60s gone from VistaJet, the fleet is now simplified to three different aircraft types, including the Bombardier Challenger 350, which were ordered to replace the LearJet 60s.
The company says the larger Challenger 350s were chosen as they fit in with the company’s expansion strategy.
“We saw an opportunity to expand VistaJet while further differentiating ourselves from our competitors and made the strategic decision to focus our business on long-range point-to-point flights. It all began when we launched Think Global in 2012. We are now entering the next phase of this strategy with our all Global and Challenger fleet,” said Flohr.