Flying start for Jetflite’s Challenger 650

Finnish charter operator completes frantic period of coronavirus repatriation and medevac flights with newest jet

It might not sound like ideal timing, taking delivery of a business jet on 26 March just as the world was locking down amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, Finnish operator Jetflite says its latest Bombardier Challenger 650 barely paused for breath during its first weeks in service, flying 100h in 14 days, mostly on medevac and repatriation missions.

On the Challenger 650’s longest tour, the 4,000nm- (7,410km)-range aircraft flew from Helsinki to Afghanistan, the Canary Islands, Estonia, Italy, Liberia, Mali, Portugal, the Seychelles and South Africa in five days, ferrying citizens to their home countries.