Rizon, an expanding Middle East executive charter
company, is investing for the long term with a firm order for four all
new Bombardier Learjet 85 aircraft.
“The Learjet 85 is ideally sized for us to
support our growing charter activity in the Middle East and to
expand our activity into Europe,” said Rizon Chief Executive, Will
Curtis. “It has all the benefits of the excellent Learjet 45 which
has been such a popular charter aircraft, only with more space. It
is certainly going to be a winner in the charter market, both in
Europe and in the GCC.”
The Learjet 85s will be an aircraft for all
seasons for Rizon – serving the Middle East in the winter and
Europe in the summer – mirroring the travel trends of Rizon’s
regular clients. “Ultimately, we expect to base two of the Learjet
85s permanently in the UK, which will be an important base for
us,” Curtis added.
“We are very encouraged by Rizon’s confidence in
the Learjet 85 aircraft, as well as our Challenger and Global
products,” said Khader Mattar, regional vice-president, sales,
Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “As
their business continues to expand from the Middle East and Europe
we will continue to provide the optimal aircraft to suit their
clients’ travel needs.”
The new Learjet 85s, which can fly up to eight
passengers over a 3,000 nm range, will join three Challenger 605
aircraft in the Rizon fleet. The first of two coming from
Bombardier is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of
2009. A third is coming from another source. Rizon also has an
order for one Global 5000 – due to arrive in 2011- and a second
Hawker 900XP, scheduled for delivery in April 2009.
In September 2009 Rizon will open a brand new
$20 million MRO and FBO facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
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