Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 1, 2008
Britain's all-business-class carrier Silverjet ceased operations in May, becoming the third such airline to collapse within six months. MAXjet launched service in November 2005 and ceased operations in December 2007. Eos, which began service a month before MAXjet, lased just four months longer, filing for bankruptcy in April 2008.
August 1, 2008
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Tortilla Soup. Seasoned chicken stock is the foundation of this Southwestern staple, to which executive chef Emiliano Ramirez adds sautéed celery, carrots, yellow and green squash and fire-roasted tomatoes. Next come strips of chicken breast that Ramirez has grilled separately.
August 1, 2008
Charter volume is dropping significantly in some markets, according to charter industry insiders. Recent increases in the size of the business aviation fleet are contributing to this problem, said William Quinn Jr., chairman of Aviation Management Systems in Portsmouth, N.H.
August 1, 2008
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options has named Kenn Ricci chairman. Mike Silvestro, meanwhile, becomes CEO, replacing S. Michael Scheeringa. Additional management changes at the company are anticipated, according to industry sources.Ricci returns to Flight Options 10 years after founding the company and six years after selling it to Raytheon Corp.
August 1, 2008
The new Thunderpack lets you take off like James Bond.
In the memorable opening sequence from the 1965 James Bond thriller Thunderball, the suave superspy escapes danger with a rocket backpack, glibly commenting, "No well-dressed man should be without one." Now, for roughly $100,000, you can have your very own 007-caliber flying machine.
August 1, 2008
"The fundamentals don't support the price of oil," according to Wesley Earl, national sales manager of Tampa, Fla.-based Hiller Group, which distributes Chevron and Texaco fuel to more than 350 FBOs. Factors inflating prices include the dwindling number of refineries, especially for jet-A; geopolitical issues; lack of an effective U.S. energy policy; and the low value of the U.S.
August 1, 2008
First-quarter figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show no signs that the business aviation industry is yet feeling the impact of a sagging U.S. economy. The 297 jets delivered in the first quarter of 2008 represent a 41-percent increase over the 211 deliveries for the same period in 2007, according to the Washington, D.C.-based association.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy