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Rizon orders Learjet 85 aircraft for Middle East

Rizon plans to open a $20m maintenance and operations facility (SUPPLIED)

By Staff Writer

The Middle East executive charter company, Rizon, said yesterday it has placed a firm order for four Bombardier Learjet 85 aircraft, with an aim to invest for the long term.

The company said the Learjet 85 would serve the Middle East market in winter and Europe in 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," said Rizon, Chief Executive Will Curtis.

"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."

In September this year Rizon is looking to open a $20 million MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) and FBO (fixed base operations) facility at London Biggin Hill Airport, the company said.

The new Learjet 85s, which can fly up to eight passengers over a 3,000 nautical miles range, will join three Challenger 605 aircraft in the Rizon fleet.