Flying

February 17, 2012
Falcon 2000S cabin
Dassault Falcon Jet unveiled the BMW Group Designworks cabin for its new Falcon 2000S at the Singapore Airshow this week.
February 15, 2012
NetJets aircraft
NetJets Europe has introduced the continent’s first direct financing product for fractional-jet-share buyers, providing them with rates that it says are comparable to those offered by major financial institutions. NetJets Europe Direct Finance, which the company said will “bridge the gap between lease and acquisition,” requires customers to provide a 25 percent down payment.
February 15, 2012
Learjet 60XR
Until April 30, fractional provider Flexjet is offering free fuel to share purchasers. Customers buying a 1/16th share in a Learjet will be credited with the fuel needed for 12 hours of flying, while those purchasing a 1/16th share in a Challenger will receive a fuel credit good for 25 hours of flying.
February 15, 2012
Terminal A at Moscow Sheremetievo Airport
Moscow Sheremetievo Airport’s new Terminal A–a dedicated, 29,000-square-foot business jet facility, incorporates departure and arrival halls, VIP lounges, a duty-free shop, a conference room and a bar. A 161,500-square-foot hangar and nearly 248,000 square feet of ramp space adjoin the terminal.
February 8, 2012
CitationAir Ceases Sales of Fractional Jet Shares
Cessna's CitationAir has stopped selling fractional shares as well as memberships in its Jet Access program and has ceased renewals for current customers. The Connecticut-based company–which is refocusing efforts on its jet card and jet management businesses–will honor existing fractional and Jet Access contracts until they expire.
February 7, 2012
HeliFlite Announces Promotion for Card Program
Throughout February, helicopter-services company HeliFlite is offering a "Half HeliCard" (12.5 hours) as an introduction to its 25-hour HeliCard program. The Newark, N.J.-based company operates within a 250-mile radius of New York City and services the Northeast from Maryland to Maine. The new card requires no long-term commitment.
February 7, 2012
Jackie Chan Takes Delivery of Legacy 650
The Chinese Year of the Dragon is off to an auspicious beginning, at least for actor, martial artist, director and producer Jackie Chan. Chan took delivery of his custom-designed Embraer Legacy 650 on February 3. The aircraft, which is adorned with dragons and Chan's logo emblazoned on the tail, is the first Legacy 650 to be delivered in China.
February 7, 2012
NBAA Gives Super Bowl Operations High Marks
The National Business Aviation Association has commended FAA officials for coordinating with aviation-industry stakeholders to ensure that Super Bowl-related flights on February 6 encountered a minimum of delays. According to the NBAA, the key to a major event like this is preplanning.
February 3, 2012
Bombardier Rolls Out First NetJets Global 6000
Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets celebrated the rollout of the fractional provider’s first Global-series jet on January 31, a Global 6000 (neé XRS).
February 1, 2012
The threat of "carmageddon" gridlock during Los Angeles' freeway closure this past summer drew media attention to helicopter charter, as some locals forsook the road for rotor to reach the airport.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy