D-JET Earns First European Fractional Program
Smart Air S.A. has announced the first fractional ownership program in Europe for Diamond's single-engine (and very roomy) four-plus-one place composite D-JET. The company has purchased eight D-JETs, which it expects sometime in 2010, and has options for more. Smart Air's business plan aims to offer a "hassle-free, flexible" and "even more economical way" for people to travel across Europe. Smart Air plans to operate the fleet from offices in Finland, UK, France, Benelux, Germany and Italy, offering its co-owners transport to 1,835 airports across the continent with "guaranteed availability." Diamond Aircraft president Peter Maurer said, "We have designed the D-JET to be an affordable personal light jet to make jet travel attainable to more people. Smart Air's fractional ownership solution is a good complement to our product."
Powered by the Williams FJ33-4, the D-JET offers an 8,000-foot cabin at FL250, a maximum range of 1350 nm, a long-range cruise of 240 KTAS (maximum cruise, 315 KTAS), a useful load of 2240 pounds, and is priced near $1.4 million.