Business Jet Traveler » August 2009

September 1, 2009
Providing aircraft at locations all over the U.S. on short notice is no small
Suze Orman didn't pause before answering when I asked whether she'd ever considered replacing her charter flights with a fractional jet share. "I think they're rip-offs," said the personal-finance guru, in an interview that appeared in our April/May 2009 issue.
September 1, 2009
There are times when leasing an aircraft makes more sense than buying one outright-including times like these. Leasing can offer several advantages over purchasing, and the turmoil currently rocking the global aircraft marketplace has only amplified these benefits. So how can you determine whether a lease is right for you? Consider these seven factors:
September 1, 2009
Boeing Business Jets has unveiled a 747-8 VIP cabin module that provides 807 square feet of extra floor space above the main deck. It can contain up to 16 berths or various seating options and increases total cabin space to 5,620 square feet.
September 1, 2009
“The flight department guys treat you much better if you show up in an airpla
Steve Taylor, the new president of Boeing Business Jets, grew up around airplanes. "My first airplane ride was in an Aero Commander at age a-month-and-a-half and I have kind of been in them ever since," he told me. "I was a kid who read airplane magazines front to back-your basic airplane geek."
September 1, 2009
Proposed federal legislation (H.R. 2454) intended to reduce CO2 emissions could seriously harm the business aviation industry, believes Bill de Decker, cofounder and president of the aviation-consulting firm Conklin & de Decker.
September 1, 2009
Barry LaBov (above) says his marketing communications firm is based in a city
To many people, the words "private jet" conjure up images of wealthy socialites sipping champagne from crystal flutes while reposed in supple leather seats. The reality, however, is usually far from this romanticized ideal, as legions of workaday business jet travelers can attest.
September 1, 2009
Charter operator Elite Aviation has filed a breach-of-contract and fraud complaint against broker JetCardPlus and some individuals who set up and operated charters arranged by the broker and flown by Elite. The lawsuit filed by Van Nuys, Calif.-based Elite seeks more than $220,000, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs.
September 1, 2009
If legendary sports car builder Enzo Ferrari had designed a helicopter, this would have been it: the Italian-made Agusta A109 light twin. 
September 1, 2009
Greenwich, Conn.-based CitationShares has announced partnerships with TerraPass, a retailer of carbon offsets, and Corporate Angel Network, a charity that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients. CitationShares customers can now donate flight hours to the charity and can balance their "carbon footprint" by purchasing carbon offsets from TerraPass for hours they fly.
September 1, 2009
The Hangar 10 aviation-services complex at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., has opened. The operation is currently housed in temporary quarters on 10 acres at the northwest end of the airport, but ground was broken last January on a 91,000-square-foot facility that will include an executive terminal with a fitness center, pilot overnight rooms and other amenities.

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