Business Jet Traveler’s Toolbox

Essential reading for anyone just getting started in bizav.

February 24, 2015
Interest rates remain shockingly low today, so you can still lock in a highly attractive fixed rate. (Illustration: Fotolia)
Financing an aircraft means wading through fine print.
February 11, 2015
Owner-approval issues can destroy a aircraft broker-client relationship. (Photo: Fotolia)
The owner-approval process can nix your charter booking—even at the last minute.
January 31, 2015
When you’re choosing a business jet, we can’t think of a better source than the pilots who operate these aircraft every day. (Photo: Fotolia)
When you’re choosing a business jet to charter or buy, there’s a lot to consider, including cabin ­comfort and size, in-flight entertainment, speed, range, safety features, baggage space and more.
January 25, 2015
Recent developments in weather radar have significantly improved safety, and also improved efficiency in flight planning and avoiding turbulence. (Photo: Mark Phelps)
Knowing with confidence and precision where bad weather is makes for more than just safer flying.
January 20, 2015
Travelers are growing more comfortable with online booking. One company sold a BBJ flight on  its app for half a million dollars. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Several online charter portals have launched recently, giving you the option to arrange trips via the Web instead of picking up the phone.
January 20, 2015
Even fractional shareowners can find themselves acting as indirect air carriers. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Some charter brokers have become overly creative in the methods they use to stimulate business, running afoul of Department of Transportation requirements in the process.
September 1, 2014
Bixjet inventory keeps declining. So do prices.
September 1, 2014
One of the most pervasive myths about the taxation of business jets in the U.S. is that the owner isn’t entitled to any deductions unless more than 50 percent of the aircraft’s usage is in a trade or business. I hear this regularly from people who are contemplating a jet acquisition but worry that they won’t be able to take any tax deductions for it because less than half the usage will be business-related. Like many myths, this one contains a nugget of truth, as I’ll explain presently. But it’s incorrect to assume you can’t write off anything if your business use doesn’t exceed 50 percent.
September 1, 2014
Today’s business jets offer all the electronic “toys” you’ll find at home. Depending on your home, in fact, you might discover more gizmos to play with on the airplane these days.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano