Business Jet Traveler » December 2008

December 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Southwest U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
December 1, 2008
Business Jet Traveler Television (www.BJTtv.com) has posted an online video companion to the magazine's comprehensive Buyers' Guide 2008.
December 1, 2008
As forecast in our previous issue, Gulfstream announced the G250 at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla., in October. The jet falls into the super-midsize category and will cost about $24 million.
December 1, 2008
A prominent aviation lawyer complained to me recently when his outraged client discovered he was being "back-to-backed." The lawyer wasn't pleased either, but he acknowledged that so-called back-to-back transactions are common in the business jet marketplace.
December 1, 2008
Don’t let fractional hours go unused; donate them to nonprofits that will use
For those facing life-threatening diseases, war-related injuries or other equally devastating hardships, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. Here's one way you can lend a hand: Donate unused fractional flight hours to a charity that will use them on behalf of the needy.
December 1, 2008
Per-seat, on-demand charter operator DayJet has ceased operation. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company was in business barely a year, offering an air-taxi service covering much of the U.S. Southeast. DayJet blamed its September shutdown on its inability to arrange financing in the midst of the current global financial crisis.
December 1, 2008
Fuel card and discount programs are a no-brainer way to save, with discounts
Besides significantly reducing wear and tear on an airplane, flying more efficiently cuts fuel consumption. That's no small benefit these days. But flying "smart" is just one way to combat pain at the pump.
December 1, 2008
in a foreign country, travelers can simply point to a picture to communicate.
Do you resort to charades to make yourself understood in countries where you don't speak the language? If so, you'll appreciate ICOON, a book based on an idea so simple you'll wonder why no one thought of it before.
December 1, 2008
Pilot and actor Harrison Ford has been named honorary chairman of Cessna Aircraft's 2010 Special Olympics Airlift. "It is an opportunity for Cessna to demonstrate [its] community-minded approach, and an opportunity for all of us in aviation to do something positive," said Ford.
December 1, 2008
Money Saving Tip: Going from ownership to a lease could improve your financia
Revenues are down, the financial future is foggy and the bean counters are glaring at the line items associated with your corporate aircraft. Fending off the accountants can be tough, but it's certainly worth the effort because of the time saving, privacy, flexibility and security that business jets provide. Here are seven strategies that can deliver significant savings:

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