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100 Diamonds Get You Point2Point

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Point2Point Airways, a next-generation air-taxi/charter company based in North Dakota, announced yesterday at Oshkosh that they've placed an order for up to 100 airplanes from Diamond Aircraft. "We aim to be the world's first personal airline," said Point2Point CEO John Boehle. Diamond will deliver 10 of its DA42 TwinStars starting next month. Boehle also holds delivery options for the D-Jet, due to make its public debut here at AirVenture later today. The TwinStar is the right size and has the right capabilities to meet the growing needs of his company, Boehle said. It can carry a pilot and up to three passengers at 200 mph with a range of up to 1,300 miles. The TwinStar also is certified to fly into known icing conditions, said Diamond President Peter Maurer, which is vital for reliable all-weather dispatch. The D-Jet can carry a pilot and up to four passengers, with a cruise speed of 362 mph and a range of 1,553 statute miles at an altitude of up to 25,000 feet. The prototype will visit briefly today, but a full-size mockup is on display all week at the Diamond exhibit. The interior, with two seats up front and a double bench seat in back, feels roomier than it looks, and the co-pilot seat will be able to swivel around for "club seating." Point2Point's order represents the first sale of Diamond's DA42 Twin Star and D-Jet to a U.S. commercial air carrier.

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