Flying

February 1, 2012
Medical Help, Wherever You Go
While bringing your doctor along on all your travels would no doubt give you peace of mind, it might not be cost-effective or practical. Since 2009, however, Black Bag has offered travelers a reasonable alternative: a worldwide 24/7 medical consultancy. When you sign on with the service, a company representative interviews you about your medical history.
February 1, 2012
Dassault’s Falcon 2000s
I first wrote about the Falcon 2000 for this magazine in 2006, for our “Used Jet Review” department. Back then, I liked the airplane for its cavernous cabin, good fuel economy, great range, pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
January 26, 2012
Charter Operator Donates to Help Animals
San-Diego charter firm Schubach Aviation ended its yearlong “One Cent Per Mile” fundraising campaign for orphaned animals by donating $10,160 to Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is also located in San Diego. Schubach began the campaign in January of last year, promising to donate one cent for every mile flown by its 15 aircraft through the end of 2011.
January 26, 2012
Lufthansa Private Jet Coming To North America
Lufthansa announced January 23 that it will introduce its Lufthansa Private Jet service to the North American market on February 1. The service–which the company already offers in Europe in conjunction with NetJets Europe–will connect 21 North American cities served by Lufthansa and Swiss airlines.
January 26, 2012
Martha Stewart Creates Menus for Charter Operator
Martha Stewart is now flying charter through Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Talon Air and she appears in a lengthy video featured on the private aviation services' company website. Stewart created breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that will be prepared by Talon Air chefs and served onboard with recommended wine pairings.
January 19, 2012
Inside an XOJet GV
San Francisco-based XOJet experienced 30 percent year-over-year growth in flight hours in 2011. By comparison, the private aviation industry overall experienced 5 percent growth, according to the FAA.
January 19, 2012
Hawker 850XP
Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. fell 2.2 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago, according to data from aviation services company Argus. While Part 91 (corporate) flying increased 2.1 percent compared with December 2010, fractional and charter flights declined 3.6 and 8.4 percent respectively.
January 19, 2012
Maurício Botelho
Maurício Botelho resigned as chairman of the board of Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer “for personal reasons" on January 13. Vice chairman Hermann Wever will fill the top job until the company elects a new chairman. Botelho, who served as president and CEO of Embraer from 1995 to 2007, led its restructuring, growth and globalization efforts.
January 12, 2012
Catering Firm Bringing Chefs Aboard Jets
Chef in the Sky, a new service from London-based caterer Alison Price On Air, provides personal chefs aboard business jet flights. Customers can choose from a preselected menu with paired wines or design their own multicourse feasts.
January 12, 2012
Passengers using Anjet Charter
Anjet has opened an office in Hong Kong to complement its California-based operations. The charter company will cater to the private aviation needs of clients in China, South Korea, Singapore, India, the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding areas.

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-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts