Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500
jet and Aviace AG, a Switzerland-based international jet club just
announced that Aviace AG has signed an agreement for the purchase
of 112 of the new jets.
In Europe, flying clubs are an emerging phenomenon, offering
private air travel solutions to frequent flyers. Aviace AG is in
the process of establishing jet clubs in several European
countries. Aviace intends to use the Eclipse 500 to bring jet clubs
to every country in Europe including small airport destinations
that travelers cannot currently reach through commercial air
travel. In addition, the economic advantages of the Eclipse 500
will enable Aviace AG to significantly decrease the cost of this
growing mode of private jet travel throughout Europe, allowing more
people to use private jet travel as an alternative to commercial
"Aviace's business model represents the innovative new services
made possible by the breakthrough economics and operating
characteristics offered only by the Eclipse 500 jet," said Vern
Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. "It is exciting to
witness what enterprising, visionary entrepreneurs can imagine and
create with this paradigm-shifting new aircraft."
Aviace has secured the agreement with a deposit. First deliveries
of the aircraft are scheduled for 2004 with the remaining aircraft
to be delivered in 2005 and 2006.