Business Jet Traveler » February 2009

February 1, 2009
Airlines were never designed for turn-on-a-dime flexibility and never will be
Sitting behind a long table in front of Congress in November, the CEOs of Detroit's Big Three automakers had barely begun pleading for a taxpayer bailout when they hit an unexpected snag. (Full article PDF)
February 1, 2009
By not defending the attributes of corporate aviation, the not-so-big three Detroit automakers dealt a blow to executive travel and corporate flight departments. They did further damage during their subsequent road trip to Capitol Hill, which came across as an admission of guilt. [See 'Defending your Jet']
February 1, 2009
Before a flight, buy that game cartridge your kids want. And don’t forget h
Imagining what it's like to take a private jet flight with your kids is easy. Just picture them hermetically sealed for a few hours in a space not much bigger than a walk-in closet. On the minus side of the experience: on most jets, it's cold turkey on texting and Internet access; skateboarding is definitely out; and there's probably no live television.
February 1, 2009
Richard Thompson is an enthusiastic self-proclaimed entrepreneur. "I've never had a job my whole life that I didn't create," he told me as we talked in his finely refurbished Hawker 700A on the Jet Aviation ramp at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport.
February 1, 2009
The ASA Group, a specialist in flight-handling services in the Asia/Pacific region, has announced a partnership to develop aircraft charter services with London firm Avolus. The initial effort will focus on flights between the United Kingdom and Asia. ASA has been established in Southeast Asia for more than two decades.
February 1, 2009
“This could be a $2 billion business. I don’t know if we want that. At some p
In 1999, when Kenny Dichter took his first private jet ride on a friend's Hawker 800XP from New York to Boston, the airplane wasn't all that took wing. Dichter spotted an untapped market. Less than a decade later, he helms a jet-card subsidiary to industry giant NetJets that had sales of approximately $800 million to $900 million last year.
February 1, 2009
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer delivered its first Phenom 100 very light jet on December 31 at the company's Sao Jose dos Campos headquarters. The five-passenger twinjet was then flown to the U.S. by new owners James and Elizabeth Frost of Houston. The couple are pilots who successfully completed the Phenom 100 training syllabus and who plan to use the Phenom for business and family travel.
February 1, 2009
More than a dozen companies are involved in converting regional jets to execu
Even when economic times were good, regional airliners reconfigured for executive/VIP use were a bargain, offering a large-cabin equivalent of a Bombardier Global XRS or a Gulfstream G550 at a fifth of the cost.
February 1, 2009
Charter/management company Avjet has moved into a new "green" hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. The facility, Hangar 25, is the first hangar to be certified at the platinum level by the U.S. Green Building Council, under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building rating system.
February 1, 2009
Executive AirShare-the only fractional aircraft ownership provider in North America to offer Embraer's Phenom 100 and 300 very light jets-has announced its fractional pricing structure for the Phenom 100. Embraer began deliveries on December 31 and the first of the five-passenger twinjets is expected to go into service with Executive AirShare in March of this year.

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