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Zetta Jet buys Challenger 650sZetta Jet buys Challenger 650s

If the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention is about anything, it’s about revealing aircraft sales. Bombardier kicked off this year’s round of announcements during a press conference at its static display at the Orlando Executive Airport in Florida. The company said it has signed a deal to sell four Challenger 650 large-cabin business jets to Zetta Jet, a Singapore-based charter operator and FAA-certificated air carrier.

Qiao Kai, Vice President of Minsheng Financial Leasing; Khader Mattar, Vice President of Sales, Middle east, Africa, and China, Bombardier Business Aircraft; Geoffery Cassidy, Managing Director, Zetta Jet. Photo courtesy of Bombardier.

Zetta Jet has offices in Los Angeles and a network of sales and support offices in New York; London; San Jose, California; Harbin, China; and Singapore. Bombardier said the deal was worth $129.4 million.

The purchase agreement was between Bombardier and China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. The deal also includes what Bombardier calls a strategic agreement on aircraft leasing between Minsheng and Zetta Jet.

The four Challengers will operate out of Zetta Jet’s Los Angeles hub, serving routes between North America and Southeast Asia. The Challenger 650 is a Mach 0.85/488 KTAS, 4,000-nautical-mile airplane that can be fitted with up to 12 seats. A three-place aft divan is one popular choice among customers, as evidenced by one of Zetta Jet’s airplanes on display. The Challenger 650’s cockpit features what Bombardier calls its Bombardier Vision flight deck. Basically, it’s a Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 Advanced avionics suite. This differs from standard Pro Line 21 installations by having larger primary flight display attitude instrument portrayals, synthetic vision, and MultiScan radar—which automatically adjusts antenna tilt and other settings for more accurate representations of storm cells.

Zetta Jet was formed in 2015. “We are delighted to cooperate with Zetta Jet, the fast-growing, industry-leading private jet operator in Asia,” said Zhou Wei, Chairman of Minsheng Financial Leasing. Zetta Jet also operates Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s. The company expects to have a total of 16 aircraft in operation by the end of 2017.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Jet, National Business Aviation Association

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