A contract from a Hong Kong-based owner of a Bombardier Challenger 850 has given Flying Colours Corp. the opportunity to develop its first cabin interior entirely made from carbon fiber. The aircraft was delivered after 16 weeks of work just before this year’s ABACE show, where the Canada-based maintenance, completions and refurbishment specialist is exhibiting (Booth H606).
Bombardier Challenger 850
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours reports that since the ABACE 2012 show it has delivered four Bombardier Challenger 850s to Asia and has another five Challenger 850s in the pipeline, with completion and delivery to China planned within the next 12 months. In addition, the company has completed two major Global Express refurbishments for Chinese-based clients in the last year. By year-end, Flying Colours will have delivered a total of 15 Challenger 850s to China.
Bombardier recently delivered the 200th Challenger 605, with the milestone large-cabin jet going to an unidentified customer. According to Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi, “The Challenger 600 series was a trailblazer in business aviation and is now the largest fleet in the category worldwide, with more than 850 aircraft in service.” The Challenger 600 first flew on Nov. 8, 1978. The Challenger 601, 604 and 605 variants have followed in the 34 years since.
With more than 25 ExecLiner corporate conversions of Canadair CRJ200 regional jets contracted and an expanding clientele in the Asia Pacific region for work on other Bombardier products, Flying Colours (Booth No. 912) is close to selecting a Far East partner.
Flying Colours could be little more than a year away from opening its planned new completions center in Asia, with the firm close to concluding a partnership agreement in the region. CEO John Gillespie told AIN that the decision to make the move is a natural one because 70 percent of its completion capacity is currently dedicated to aircraft destined for the Asian market.
Bombardier Aerospace received a firm order for five Challenger 850s worth $156 million, based on list prices, from an undisclosed customer on December 29. The Challenger 850 is an executive version of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet, with a range of up to 2,811 nm.
VistaJet is committing three new long-range aircraft to the Middle East market, with an order for a pair of Bombardier Challenger 850 business jets and a Global 5000. Chairman and founder Thomas Flohr said the company is seeing strong demand for its flexible-use programs from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. He believes that by the end of 2012 the Middle East will account for 15 percent of VistaJet revenues.
ExecuJet Aviation is offering aircraft buyers a more direct and straightforward way to finance and operate business jets through its relaunched SimplyFly program. The package offers a quick decision on financing and the opportunity to have the aircraft managed under a five-year lease.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), a Berlin-based maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing in Bombardier business aircraft, has expanded the capabilities at its line maintenance station in Riga, Latvia. The station is now able to serve aircraft flying under the registration of Bermuda as well as the Cayman Islands, and EASA line maintenance approval has been extended to the Bombardier Challenger 850.
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