Flexjet, VistaJet Form Alliance
Texas-based Flexjet and Switzerland-based VistaJet have formed an alliance to expand service to their customers. Flexjet, which is owned by Bombardier and VistaJet, which bought Bombardier's European and Middle East-based Skyjet International in 2008, have reached an agreement that will allow customers of each company access to the other's aircraft. The deal also includes customers of the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, who buy blocks of aircraft time through Part 135 operator Jet Solutions. Under the deal, Flexjet fractional customers and Flexjet 25 customers will get guaranteed access to VistaJet's European operations and be able to book flights in the Middle East and Asia as availability permits. The preferred rates that customers get through their existing affiliations apply on the expanded network.
All of the organizations fly Bombardier-built aircraft exclusively. Flexjet is a traditional fractional operation in which clients purchase a fraction of an aircraft, starting at 1/16th, based on the number of hours they expect to fly. Under the Flexjet 25 plan, customers buy block time on aircraft operated by Jet Solutions. VistaJet operates similarly to Jet Solutions and also offers on-demand charters.