DALLAS and DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Flexjet, a leader in business aviation solutions, and luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent announced an exclusive marketing alliance today to provide value and unique benefits to one another's customers. Flexjet customers will receive Marco Polo Club benefits, including complimentary access to Abercrombie & Kent's Private Travel experts to plan dream vacations. Abercrombie & Kent's Marco Polo Club members will receive generous benefits when purchasing Flexjet fractional shares or jet cards*.
"Flexjet's dedication to providing exceptional travel opportunities for our customers is what attracted us to Abercrombie & Kent," said Fred Reid, President, Flexjet. "For nearly 50 years, they have been creating once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences and are recognized as one of the world's most respected luxury-travel operators. We're thrilled to provide customers with the opportunity to fulfill their own travel dreams with such a trusted partner."
This new alliance gives Marco Polo Club members, Abercrombie & Kent's most frequent travelers, benefits on Flexjet fractional purchases or jet cards. Flexjet fractional customers will be treated to a three-year Marco Polo Club membership and customized itineraries to coincide with the use of their private jet. Jet Card customers will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Marco Polo Club, which is currently not available to the public.
"We continue to seek and pioneer new ways of exploring the globe and admire this same ambition in Flexjet," said Geoffrey Kent, Founder and Executive Chairman, Abercrombie & Kent. "We're pleased to be forging this relationship with a top aviation solutions provider that is also known for setting industry standards and look forward to introducing its customers to some of our favorite hidden corners of the world."
Born in 1962 as a safari outfitter, Abercrombie & Kent's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K is the choice of travel professionals, voted "Best Luxury Tour Operator – International" by Travel Weekly, "Best Luxury Tour Operator" by Luxury Travel Advisor, "Best Worldwide Tour Operator" by Porthole, and "Best Tour Operator Africa/Middle East" by TravelAge West, Recommend and Vacation Agent.
Introduced in 1995, Flexjet is a division of Bombardier, offering access to a full portfolio of aviation solutions including fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet manages the largest fractional fleet of Bombardier business aircraft anywhere in the world, made up exclusively of high-performance Learjet and Challenger aircraft. Flexjet has the distinction of being the first and only fractional program manager to earn the Industry Audit Standard (IAS) registration from the Air Charter Safety Foundation.
For more information on Flexjet or its alliance with Abercrombie & Kent, please visit www.flexjet.com or call 866-896-0925. For more information on Abercrombie & Kent travel, please visit www.abercrombiekent.com or call 800-323-7308.
Richardson, TX-based Flexjet – a division of Bombardier, the world's largest business aviation manufacturer - first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet now offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services*. Flexjet is the first fractional aircraft program manager in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard. Flexjet's fractional program fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft - the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of 3.9 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. All other flights (e.g. Flexjet 25 card program, charter card program, supplemental lift, etc.) are provided by certificated air carriers in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as Flexjet is not an air carrier.
About Abercrombie & Kent
Born as a safari outfitter in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent's unparalleled travel services now extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. The company built its award-winning reputation by being the first to bring unexpected comforts and amenities to remote destinations. Small group or tailor made private travel with A&K combines the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company with support 24/7 from a network of 62 on-site offices that ensure "by invitation only" access to inspiring experiences in A&K's personalized, low-profile and intelligent style. Marco Polo Club, a membership-based loyalty program through Abercrombie & Kent USA, offers exclusive travel benefits to A&K's most frequent travelers. For more information, please visit www.abercrombiekent.com or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/abercrombiekent) and Twitter (@AKTravel_USA).
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
*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 for the Flexjet charter card and on-demand charter brokerage programs in arranging transportation operated under Part 135 by U.S. air carriers.
Bombardier, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Flexjet, Flexjet 25, Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 60 and XR are either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.