Belgian fixed-base operator Flying Partners has placed a €20.3 million ($18.2 million) order for three Cessna Citation jets, marking the largest Citation order ever in Belgium.

The order is for two Bravos and one Encore, with aircraft deliveries to the Antwerp-based operator scheduled to commence in January next year.

Flying Partners founder and chief executive officer Bernard Van Milders says: "Our decision to invest in the new Encore and Bravos is based on the airplanes' high level of reliability, low operating cost and cabin comfort."

Flying Partners already operates a Citation fleet from Antwerp airport, including a Citation III, two Citation SIIs, a Citation I-SP and a Cessna 425 Conquest. A Citation Ultra is scheduled to join the fleet this year.

Flying Partners is part of Flying Group and specialises in fractional-ownership operations, while sister company Flying Service provides charter aircraft.

The group's maintenance company Flying Support was scheduled to merge with Flying Service at the end of last year.

Source: Flight International