Business Jet Traveler » February 2009

February 1, 2009
When Chip Ganassi was five, his father gave him and his cousins a number of go-karts he had confiscated from the owner of a go-kart track who had failed to pay his bill after the elder Ganassi had paved the track. That early experience led the young Ganassi to high school dirt-bike motocross contests, motorcycle racing and, eventually, professional auto racing.
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
The CTS-V doesn’t quite achieve the fit and finish of a BMW or Mercedes, but
The first CTS-V, introduced in 2004 with 400 hp, was a fun car. Most memorably, it was available only with manual transmission-not a notably smooth-shifting box, but a first for Cadillac since World War II and a signal that the company was serious about wooing performance-car buyers.
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
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
“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
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.
January 23, 2009
Ireland's Shannon Airport will become the first European airport with fast-track
January 2, 2009
XOJet, a San Carlos, Calif.-based aircraft charter and membership provider, has launched its complimentary Flight Program Analyzer. The service allows private jet fliers to produce customized reports showing detailed, side-by-side comparisons for private jet travel options ranging from charter to membership cards to fractional and full aircraft ownership.

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