Smart Air Orders Eight Personal Jets, Options On More
Smart Air S.A. announced Friday the first fractional ownership
company to utilize the single-engine Diamond D-Jet. The European
company has made an initial purchase of eight aircraft, and has
secured options for more thereafter with deliveries to begin in the
first quarter of 2010.
"We have designed the D-Jet to be an affordable personal light
jet to make jet travel attainable to more people. Smart Air's
fractional ownership solution is a good complement to our product,
as it leverages the D-Jet's strengths, including its roomy cabin
and low operating cost, to further broaden access to jet travel,"
said Peter Maurer, President of Diamond Aircraft. "We are pleased
that Smart Air has selected the D-Jet as the aircraft for its
Established in Luxembourg, Smart Air says it plans to operate
its fleet across Europe, with offices initially in Finland, UK,
France, Benelux, Germany and Italy, enabling its co-owners
economical, comfortable and personalized jet access to 1,835 Smart
Airports throughout the continent with guaranteed availability.
"Smart Air's vision is to extend mostly to non-pilot, private
individuals, families, and businesses, a better way to travel
across Europe -- combining the speed, safety and comfort of
personal jet service delivered in new and even more economical way
for hassle-free, flexible travel," said Stéphane Ledermann,
Founder and CEO of Smart Air S.A. "The D-Jet is the ideal aircraft
to enable this vision to be realized. This aircraft and our
scalable, easy-to-use approach will truly provide each of our
co-owners the smartest offer sized to their needs so they can spend
their time doing what they find most important."
Smart Air began offering fractional ownership shares in its
fleet of D-Jet aircraft with its announcement and presence at the
Eur-Avia Aviation Exhibition.