Business Jet Traveler » April 2010

April 5, 2010
You know the economy is improving when private jets return to the skies. And that's exactly what is happening now. Encouraged by rising profits and the diminished likelihood of a double-dip recession, some corporations and high-net-worth highfliers who had idled their jets through the downturn are venturing back into business aviation.
April 1, 2010
One aircraft owner had been quoted a price of $400,000 to strip, prep and pai
Business jet cabin refurbishment can cost a bundle. Replacing the carpet in a Gulfstream IV can set an owner back as much as $35,000. Reupholstering a dozen passenger seats costs another $120,000. And a complete cabin makeover can run from $250,000 to more than $2 million.
April 1, 2010
Arguably one of the best charter yachts in the world is Excellence III, a 187
Imagine starting your day in a comfortable chair on the aft deck of a luxurious yacht, anchored off a deserted beach where palm trees shade the flawless white sand. A uniformed crewmember serves warm croissants, freshly squeezed orange juice and icy champagne as you wiggle your toes with pleasure on the sun-warmed teak deck. Your only decision is what to do today.
April 1, 2010
The biggest dilemma guests face at the Resort at Pelican Hill is making sure they don't get diverted from golf. With 36 holes designed by Tom Fazio, there's enough there along the Pacific Ocean 45 miles south of downtown Los Angeles to hold the interest of the most discerning golf traveler.
April 1, 2010
Members looking for travel mates to share costs can post prospective flights
Conceptually, it makes sense: share the expenses of a flight among unrelated fellow travelers and slash the cost of charter. But flight sharing, or per-seat charter, has proved difficult to translate into a workable model for travelers or charter entities. Witness the 2008 demise of DayJet, the Florida-based air-taxi startup.
April 1, 2010
An old west feeling still pervades the city. A cowboy hat is considered sensi
Tucsonans are generally too polite to say this, but they consider their city to be the anti-Phoenix.
April 1, 2010
The last time we put something other than a celebrity on the cover of a regular issue was just over a year ago, when we ran photos of Detroit's embattled auto CEOs testifying before Congress [February/March 2009 issue].
April 1, 2010
Every chip, relay, servo and processor must prove beyond a glimmer of doubt t
When it comes to reliability, there's a fundamental difference between the aviation field and just about every other walk of life. Nowhere is the chasm more visible than when you compare aviation's safety culture with what goes on in the computer industry. I know.
April 1, 2010
--Donald Trump, who gets around on his own Boeing 727 jumbo jet (which he put up for sale in November, reportedly so he could upgrade to a more efficient model)
April 1, 2010
Nan Kramer, a Honeywell flight attendant, surveys the devastation in Port-au-
Two massive earthquakes in two months. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced. The responses to the twin tragedies in Haiti and Chile were unprecedented from a humanitarian-aid perspective, including the first-ever large-scale coordinated effort to bring supplies directly to earthquake survivors aboard business jets. The world has never seen anything quite like it.  

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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