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Gulfstream Aerospace celebrates flight test program milestone

Gulfstream Aerospace has reflected on the first ten flight tests for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 jets. The jets are twin-engine, with the G500 replacing the G450. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,260km) at Mach 0.85, with nonstop flights connecting distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, Los Angeles to London, and San Francisco to Tokyo. The G600 can fly 4,800 nautical miles (8,890km) at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, and seats up to 19 passengers, with room for nine to sleep.

19th September 2017



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Fractional-share provider PlaneSense has completed a five-yearly functional test of its emergency fire extinguishing system in its 40,000ft2 hangar at its Portsmouth International Airport headquarters in New Hampshire.

29th August 2017

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VistaJet launches Chinese website

VistaJet has continued to build on its growth in China by expanding its team and launching a Chinese language website. This follows a surge of interest after the April launch of a bespoke WeChat booking platform, which allows customers to access its fleet of over 70 fully-owned aircraft and connect with a 24/7 global team to book their flights from their smartphones.

Leona Qi, president of VistaJet Asia, said, “This is undoubtedly a good moment to build the demand we are experiencing from around the world. Like all our patrons, the Chinese customer demands a perfect, bespoke flying experience and one that begins long before that first booking is made. This is the value that VistaJet offers all of its customers, and our focus is to provide them with the best possible service.

“As a truly global aviation company, being global means understanding and catering for the unique cultural tastes and needs of each country. The launch of our WeChat booking system and a dedicated Chinese language website demonstrates our absolute commitment to create an unrivalled and tailored travel experience.”

VistaJet’s Program Membership sales continued to accelerate with 57% year-on-year growth worldwide recorded for the first half of 2017, while global customer retention reached 91%.

China is one of the fastest growing markets for the company, with a 12% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic departing the country in H1 2017, and a 14% gain in passengers arriving for the same period.

August 1, 2017

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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