Bombardier in deal with VistaJet for $7.8 billion

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Bombardier says it has made the biggest sale of business aircraft in its history, potentially worth up to $7.8 billion if all options are exercised. It is the world's third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft.

VistaJet, a private European company that provides luxury chartered flights, placed firm orders for 56 Bombardier Global jets valued at $3.1 billion and acquired options for a further 86 Global jets.

VistaJet chairman Thomas Flehr said the purchase is part of VistaJet's goal of making business aviation more accessible to emerging markets. The company operates a fleet of Bombardier aircraft based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and West Africa.

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