Business Jet Traveler

June 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but also by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the South Central U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
June 1, 2008
As the often-controversial mayor of New York from 1993 to 2001 and as a candidate for senator in 2000 against Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudy Giuliani was not unknown outside the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. But it was the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that thrust Giuliani inexorably into the world's spotlight.
June 1, 2008
Swiss-based Jet Aviation and Beijing-based Deer Air will jointly operate an FBO and provide line maintenance at Beijing's Capital International Airport. Construction of the 35,475-square-foot FBO has begun and ground handling and limited line maintenance services
April 1, 2008
Farnborough, UK-based business aircraft operations company Gama Holdings purchased PrivatAir Inc., the U.S. division of PrivatAir Group, in March for an undisclosed sum. Gama also bought 25 percent of Flight Services Group, which provides charter services to the former PrivatAir management clients in the U.S.
April 1, 2008
Eclipse has revamped its production line and doubled output, but it still tur
The very light jet industry wasn't exactly flying high last year. A major supplier told me last summer that he expected half of all VLJ makers to fold soon. By the end of 2007, he looked clairvoyant; first the Aviation Technology Group suspended work on the two-seat Javelin and then, early in 2008, after sputtering for almost two years, Adam Aircraft shut its doors.
April 1, 2008
The Cessna 525 CitationJet that crashed in West Gardiner, Maine, on February 1 was owned and flown by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeanette Symons, an instrument-rated private pilot. The crash killed Symons and her 10-year-old son.
April 1, 2008
Since suspending development of the two-seat Javelin very light jet program in late December, the board of directors at Aviation Technology Group of Englewood, Colo., has continued to negotiate with Israel Aerospace Industries (its strategic partner) and financial institutions.
April 1, 2008
You know where you went this past winter. Ever wonder where everyone else was headed? Wonder no longer. Private jet fractional and charter operator Flight Options has released its annual list of the top 10 December private jet destinations.
April 1, 2008
A truly "quiet" cabin is a goal yet to be realized, but those in the thermal/
The transition from office or home to the cabin of a private aircraft should be effortless and comfortable. With that in mind, designers and engineers continue to seek ways to make business jet cabins as plush and inviting as the environments you've come to appreciate on the ground.
April 1, 2008
In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, investment mogul Warren Buffett said the company's flight-services division-which includes fractional provider NetJets and aviation training company FlightSafety International-set a record last year with pre-tax earnings increasing 49 percent to $547 million.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais