DayJet Fleet of Eclipse 500s Goes on the Block

DayJet, the failed air taxi operator based in Florida, had taken delivery of 28 Eclipse 500 very light jets (VLJs) before ceasing operations last month. The start-up operator had ordered 1,400 of the VLJs. The 28 are now up for sale, with their Albuquerque, New Mexico, manufacturer in the role of broker. Though there has apparently been some interest in acquiring the entire fleet in a bulk purchase, Eclipse Aviation has indicated no interest in offering the bargain prices presumably sought for such an offer. The DayJet Eclipses had accumulated no more than 450 hours each, and are being sold "as is" with the DayJet livery and interior. Eclipse reportedly still has more than 900 of its twinjets on backorder.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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