Flexjet just upped their competitive game in the private aviation fractional ownership arena. The company took delivery of a Gulfstream G450 with a celebratory ceremony today at their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. This marks the company’s first, but definitely not their last as they placed an order in October 2014 for 50 jets including the G450LXi, G500LXiTM and G650LXiTM.
Michael Silvestro, Flexjet’s Chief Executive Officer says their customers “are extremely excited to see Flexjet bringing the newest and most up-to-date Gulfstream aircraft to the fractional marketplace. Our fractional flying activity in the first quarter of 2015 was up 10 percent over 2014, and we expect this growth to continue as we bring these outstanding Gulfstream aircraft to our Owners. As aviators, nothing fulfills us more than the enthusiasm of others about flying with us.”
Flexjet’s new G450LXi have been outfitted with customized interiors that were designed with to the taste and feedback from the partial owners and mark an exciting departure for the brand. This makes Flexjets the only fractional provider offering the brand new Gulfstream, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only one that has them.
Warren Buffet’s NetJets has been ferrying well-heeled fractional owners in Gulfstreams for years now, but they haven’t bought the lasted model. That’s because they are transitioning away from the brand, choosing to buy Bombardier’s new Global Express planes instead. NetJet’s most recent big birds they have in the fleet are Global Express 6000, and they are preparing to take their own new order of Global Express 7000 and 8000s, which they have chosen because they are a bit bigger, faster and have a longer range. Let the fractional battles begin!