“[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.”
BJT Around the World: John Travolta at EBACE 2013
We caught up with BJT cover subject John Travolta at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Travolta, a brand ambassador for the airframer, has been working as a test pilot to support its efforts to get the super-midsized Challenger 350 certified. The company has issued a video of a test flight that Travolta took in the model in the U.S.
“I felt like an astronaut,” he told the crowd at a packed Bombardier booth in Geneva. “We did full performance takeoffs and climbed straight to 41,000 feet. This aircraft is definitely going to break records. It’s like a homesick angel.”
Stressing that he hadn’t joined the Bombardier flight test crew as a PR stunt, Travolta called the Challenger “a really pilot-friendly airplane” and added, “I want one.” He also mentioned that his Hollywood friends frequently ask him for advice on the ins and outs of private aviation. We were happy to learn where he points them.
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