Special Reports

June 1, 2008
Just a few years ago, the term "FBO" would have drawn blank stares throughout most of Asia. Today, the region is savvier about general aviation and more focused on making itself hospitable for private aircraft. Still, travelers should not expect Western-style infrastructure or support.
April 1, 2008
A truly "quiet" cabin is a goal yet to be realized, but those in the thermal/
The transition from office or home to the cabin of a private aircraft should be effortless and comfortable. With that in mind, designers and engineers continue to seek ways to make business jet cabins as plush and inviting as the environments you've come to appreciate on the ground.
April 1, 2008
New owners “don’t always want their shiny airplane in the hands of stranger
After BJT quoted Long Island, N.Y. businessman Michael Pascucci's claim that his flights on his three aircraft are "free" based on the offset revenue he earns from their charter, we received feedback from readers questioning whether this is truly possible.
February 1, 2008
Since a $10 million jet is as much work for a bank as a $40 million one, the
Uncertainty about aircraft values in the current market poses a major challenge for the companies that finance their purchase. For many new aircraft, the wait for outfitted delivery is as long as five or six years. This backlog puts a lot of pressure on the pre-owned market, where inventories for some models are at all-time lows.
February 1, 2008
There are significant differences among the major fractional programs, said o
The fractional share market "has passed its period of rapid growth," according to a report prepared by consulting firm Velocity Group for XOJet, a company that sells flight time in hourly increments. Fractional shareholder growth averaged 2.2 percent per year from 2003 to 2006, but the fractional share fleet actually shrunk a bit, according to Velocity.
December 1, 2007
Preowned Aircraft Annual Report 2007
Like sharks hunting for fresh blood, business jet buyers in 2007 used brokers as sonar to zero in on their hard-to-find prey. Then, early in the acquisition process, some customers tended to over-negotiate, not fully grasping how rapidly the market was changing. Consequently, they let their quarry slip away and once again found themselves swimming against the current.
July 1, 2007
Don't leave home without it-not if you want simple, guaranteed access to a business jet at a reasonable hourly rate. That's the pitch that has driven the rapid growth of jet card programs. Almost a dozen national companies, including the major fractional and charter fleet providers, now offer these cards. Numerous smaller charter companies also provide jet cards.
April 1, 2007
In an ideal world, you'd have it all-a Wi-Fi Internet connection, e-mail access on your BlackBerry, four bars of signal strength on your cellphone and 200 channels of satellite television on a big, flat high-definition screen, all from the comfort of your seat in the cabin. In short, you'd have technologies that would make your time in the air more like your time on the ground.
February 1, 2007
Longer loans have led buyers to seek more fixed-rate financing.
The current climate for business aviation financing is not what you might expect. In today's market, you may have to wait three or more years for delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Meanwhile, inventories of many pre-owned models are lower than they've been in several years. With so few aircraft for sale, the financing business must be struggling, right? Wrong.
December 1, 2006
Challenger 604
After a two-year buying spree, business jet sales in 2006 reverted to a more typical cyclical pattern. Overall, sales remained strong, but the year was characterized by ups and downs. We witnessed a lackluster first quarter, followed by a buoyant second quarter and a summer slowdown.

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“ While it may be tempting to use broad generalizations about the way business aircraft are most often used in America today, let’s not neglect the importance of business aviation as a crucial competitive asset to companies, an economic driver and lifeline to communities large and small. ”

-Ed Bolen, President of the National Business Aviation Association