If you’ve at any time puzzled what occurs throughout the handover of the world’s biggest small business jet, with a setting up cost of $73 million, the response came through loud and very clear inside of a significant hangar in a Montreal suburb.
Bombardier introduced its 100th World wide 7500 yesterday at its Dorval, Quebec, headquarters at a ceremony that was equal elements Ted Chat, Oscar night and bromance. The occasion was the most current supply of the world’s premier ultra-long-range enterprise jet—boasting a assortment of 7,700 nautical miles—to VistaJet, Bombardier’s most significant client.
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The authentic superstar was the silver VistaJet, with its trademark red stripe down the side, sitting beside the stage in the huge hangar. About 500 Bombardier workers, many of whom worked on the jet, have been also at the function.
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Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet, was joined by Bombardier CEO Erik Martel, who formally introduced the “keys” to the new jet to Flohr. It is the tenth World wide 7500 in the VistaJet fleet. Flohr was plainly emotional with the presentation of the new jet, which has the most new VistaJet inside design and style.
Flohr explained to Robb Report in a write-up-function interview aboard the new World-wide 7500 that the working day had been “overwhelming.” Section of the ceremony involved a movie of Flohr’s 18-yr journey considering that founding VistaJet. He started off the company by chartering a Learjet 60 to other enterprise vacationers and then crafted his fleet from there. Now, VistaJet, with a world wide existence, is a single of the most significant private aircraft house owners in business enterprise aviation.
Flohr and Martel, both equally carrying black turtlenecks, had recognised each other for 15 yrs, so there was obviously a bit of a bromance getting location on phase as they explained their mutual regard for each individual other. “Thomas, you challenged us and manufactured us superior as an OEM and operator,” explained Martel.
“You fellas are gentle years in advance of the competition,” Flohr replied. He also explained how Martel, a former Bombardier government who returned as CEO in late 2019, experienced designed his 1st company excursion exterior Canada to Flohr’s London condominium through the height of Covid. A working day afterwards, they signed a contract for the obtain of six Challenger 350s.
Of class, the correct showstopper of the evening was the new Global 7500, which Flohr flew back to Europe following the occasion. The aircraft has 4 zones in the cabin, with numerous seats that can be adapted to eating and sleeping configurations. At the rear is a bed room with its own ensuite and shower.
VistaJet’s “asset light” business enterprise product was formulated by Flohr so that its users really don’t have to have the plane, but can action aboard with certain availability. Its fleet all have the same inside and exterior types so that users feel like they are on the identical plane each and every time they fly.
The most recent interior update, mirrored in the new Global 7500, incorporates additional muted silver and grey tones, with flecks of vibrant colors—inspired by a recent journey that Flohr’s daughter took to Peru.
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By the finish of the event—which bundled a performance by singer Gabriella Laberge and a online video of the milestones in VistaJet’s history—Flohr was prepared to board his jet and consider off for VistaJet’s headquarters in Malta.
“We’re just at the beginning,” Flohr advised Robb Report. “Business aviation utilized to be North-American centric, but we see prospects all more than the world.”
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