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April 22, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Bombardier Skyjet Adds Two New Aircraft Categories to its Jet Card Program

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Bombardier Skyjet, the pioneer service for online booking of private jets and provider of the Skyjet Card, has announced the addition of super midsize business jets and twin-engine turboprop aircraft to the Skyjet Card membership program. The two new aircraft categories join a range of light, superlight, midsize and large business jets offered by Skyjet network operators, for a total of six aircraft categories, that will expand the range of travel options for Skyjet Card members.

The Skyjet Card, with its simple debit-card format, offers guaranteed availability with an advance reservation, and the assurance that all Skyjet network charter operators have successfully passed an on-site, third-party audit.

“Skyjet is pleased to offer increased flexibility and value to members through these new options,” said Skyjet Managing Director Chris Milligan. “The super midsize business jet category provides Skyjet Card members with an appealing choice for longer trips at a substantially lower cost than a large business jet,” he noted. “For short hops, traveling to remote locations, or landing on shorter runways, turboprops are a practical solution,” he added.

According to Milligan, super midsize jets offer transcontinental range and comfort without the weight restrictions of a large business jet that can limit landing options. Through its network of audited operators, Skyjet is now offering five aircraft models in the super midsize business jet category, including the Challenger 300 jet. Since entering service in 2004, the Challenger 300 aircraft has become a global leader in its class, with true coast-to-coast range, a widebody cabin generally configured for eight passengers, full-size galley and spacious baggage compartment that is accessible during flight. The Challenger 300 jet offers excellent long-range cruise speed and a quick time-to-climb capability that enables the aircraft to rise rapidly above weather and air traffic.

For short hops, the addition of turboprop jets offers Skyjet Card members a cost-effective solution, at nearly 30 percent less than the hourly rates for a light business jet. Under the card program, turboprops also offer a lower hourly minimum – one hour – compared with a 1.2 hour minimum flight time for aircraft in the light, superlight and midsize jet categories. Aircraft offered through the Skyjet network of charter operators include a range of turboprop models, with seating for five to eight passengers, and all are twin-engine aircraft piloted by two qualified flight crew members.

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