Business Jet Traveler » December 2007

December 1, 2007
Raytheon has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Flight Options, its Cleveland-based business aircraft fractional ownership division, to HIG Capital, a global private investment firm headquartered in Miami. The deal is expected to close before the end of 2007.
December 1, 2007
“I could never do what I do without the knowledge that I can drive to the air
An interviewer once asked an attorney what would be his worst courtroom nightmare. "Seeing Fred Furth sit down at the opposing table," he said.
December 1, 2007
About 14,000 new business aircraft valued at $233 billion will be delivered from 2007 through 2017, predicted Honeywell, the engine and avionics specialist, in its latest annual forecast. That's decidedly more optimistic than the firm's 2006 forecast, which predicted deliveries valued at $195 billion from 2006 through 2016.
December 1, 2007
The wide-cabin Challenger 605 updates a venerable member of Bombardier’s flee
A venerable member of Bombardier's business jet stable has been made over. The manufacturer has replaced the wide-cabin Challenger 604 with the $27.38 million (typically equipped) Challenger 605.
December 1, 2007
Zurich-based ExecuJet Europe has launched a "personal concierge" service for owners of business jets it manages. The service-designed to handle all travel needs with a "one call does it all" approach-makes available as many as four dedicated dispatchers who can supply 24/7 support.
December 1, 2007
Learjet 35A
Since 1963, when William Lear's Model 23 Lear Jet had its first flight, manufacturers have turned out thousands of business jets. Most of them are still flying. They give the lie to many business, accounting and tax assumptions concerning the useful life of business jets.
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.
December 1, 2007
This hand-cut marquetry contains mahogany and walnut veneers and maple edging
There's no substitute for wood. Not faux finish, not photo-film, not plastic. Only wood brings to the aircraft cabin that special look and feel of organic elegance and old-world craftsmanship.
December 1, 2007
Recent developments signal significant changes in the aircraft charter industry-changes that could affect you if you're either a charter customer or an owner who makes his airplane available for charter.
December 1, 2007
Using simulator equipment, passengers learn what to do in an emergency. Such
What can you do now to increase your survival chances should the unthinkable occur on one of your flights? "Be aware and be prepared is the best advice I can give a passenger," said Cyndee Irvine, who was a PSA Airlines flight attendant for 10 years and has been a contract flight attendant for the past decade.

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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