DALLAS, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (www.flexjet.com) – In celebration of Learjet's 50th anniversary, Flexjet – the first fractional jet ownership company to offer shares on the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft – today launched "Legends Redefined," a six-city U.S. tour offering guests the opportunity to experience firsthand the aircraft poised to redefine the private aviation industry. The exclusive showcase features other legendary brands, including Aston Martin, marking its centenary, and Royal Salute, the world's leading luxury Scotch Whisky featuring only whiskies matured for at least 21 years in their blends.
Attendees are invited to take a private tour of the Learjet 85 model, which effortlessly blends the beauty of its lineage with high-performance advantages, innovative technology and unmatched comfort to create a new generation in flight. Aston Martin will offer test drives of its newest models, including the Vanquish, Vantage, DB9 and Rapide S, while Napa Valley-based Ackerman Family Vineyards and Bespoke Collection pour their finest wines.
"Fifty years ago, the first Learjet aircraft took flight thanks to the innovative and adventurous spirit of Bill Lear, who invented the business jet category," said Deanna White, President, Flexjet. "With delivery of the Learjet 85 scheduled for next year, Flexjet is honoring his legacy by showcasing the best-in-class Learjet 85 aircraft model – the epitome of a 'legend redefined' – alongside other distinguished brands, representing more than 200 years of timeless luxury and design."
An industry first, the Learjet 85 aircraft is the first business jet with both fuselage and wings built primarily of carbon composite materials. The composite structures maximize cabin volume, improve performance and minimize drag through smoother aerodynamics. Other innovations include the aircraft's state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PW307B turbofan engine, Bombardier's Vision™ Flight Deck cockpit featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite – one of the most advanced suites ever offered onboard a midsize aircraft – and an advanced entertainment and wireless Internet system.
The Learjet 85 aircraft will feature the company's new interior design updates, re-designed seats, innovative storage solutions and groundbreaking passenger interfaces. The model seats eight passengers comfortably in a traditional double-club seating arrangement, with approximately 30 inches (76.2 cm) between each seat for even more room when traveling on long distance flights. The aircraft offers a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nm (5,556km)* making the Learjet 85 business aircraft the fastest and most efficient in its class. The addition of the Learjet 85 aircraft provides Flexjet owners with access to some of the most technologically advanced and youngest business jets in the industry, averaging approximately six years of age.
The 2013 Learjet 85 tour is scheduled to visit the following cities this fall: Menlo Park, Calif. (September 17), Chicago (September 23), Columbus, Ohio (September 26), Washington, DC (October 1), New York (Oct. 7) and Houston (October 15).
Flexjet will receive 30 Learjet 85 aircraft with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2014.
For more information, please call 888-503-8854 or visit www.flexjet.com/learjet85.
Richardson, Texas-based Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet now offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, Flexjet 25 jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet's fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard, and Flexjet is the first and only company to be honored with its 14th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence.
Flexjet's fractional program fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft—some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of approximately six years—including the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 business jets. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com.
Flexjet has an approved fractional ownership program pursuant 14 C.F.R. Part 91, Subpart K, and manages flights for individual aircraft owners under Part 91 whole aircraft management program.
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card Program is operated under Part 135 by Jet Solutions, LLC, a U.S. air carrier. Flexjet acts as an agent for Jet Solutions, LLC, in connection with the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program. Flexjet acts as an agent for the customer with on-demand charter broker services when arranging transportation operated under Part 135 by U.S. air carriers.
*Performance is based on standard conditions, zero winds with no runway or temperature restrictions, 4 passengers, normal cruise speed, typical aircraft operating weight, optimum altitudes, NBAA IFR fuel reserves. Weather, ATC (Air Traffic Control), or actual weather condition can affect flight plans and routing, which may result in a different performance data from that stated above. All data is subject to change without notice. The aircraft is currently under development and the design and the design tolerances remain to be finalized and certified. The aircraft is subject to change during the course of the design, manufacture and certification process. The statements about performance, design, design tolerances and the images shown in this document are solely based on projections and forecasts and are subject to change without notice. This document and the information contained herein does not constitute an offer, commitment, representation or warranty of any kind with respect to the aircraft. The actual configuration and performance of the aircraft shall be the subject of a purchase agreement between the buyer and Flexjet.
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