Business Jet Traveler

June 14, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Apps for booking charter flights on smartphones and tablets continue to mature as accepted wisdom loses weight: it turns out that more and more convenience-minded customers are indeed willing to consummate five- and six-figure transactions without speaking to a human. 
June 12, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
It’s just after dawn on what promises to be a sunny South African summer day and I’m fueling up our 4x4 rental at a petrol station near the east-coast city of Durban. The attendant hands me a frosty bottle of Stoney ginger beer—so spicy that it makes my nose tingle—and asks where we’re heading.
June 12, 2016
Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns NetJets.
I  once kept Warren Buffett waiting for me for half an hour. OK, it wasn’t just me. I was among a group of business aviation journalists who were delayed en route to an important PR event.
June 12, 2016
Three Chinese orphans from remote cities were the first to benefit from Angel Jet Network’s free flights using donated private jets.
Angel Jet Network (AJN), a Hong Kong-based charity providing transportation to medical care for underprivileged patients across the Asia-Pacific region, made its first flights last September. The flights carried orphans from the Chunhui Children’s Foundation to Chinese hospitals, where they were due to have major surgery.
June 5, 2016
Bombardier's Challenger 850
You’ve long been able to obtain ultra-large-cabin comfort for around $10 million by converting a used regional commuter jet into a first-class executive aircraft. That has seemed like a hard-to-beat bargain for business jet travelers who crave roomy cabins—until now.
June 5, 2016
Super yacht
It’s a famous island in the Atlantic Ocean that’s the perfect outdoor summer playground—secluded yet accessible. Its 21 square miles boast more golf courses per mile than anywhere else in the world. This enchanting destination has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, exciting equestrian matches, and a prestigious yacht race from Newport, Rhode Island.
May 22, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
I once referred to New York’s LaGuardia Airport as aviation’s equivalent of the Black Hole of Calcutta, but several readers objected, on the ground that the comparison was unfair to the Black Hole.
May 22, 2016
BJT 5th Annual Book of Lists.
Welcome to BJT’s fifth annual Book of Lists, a treasure trove of useful, funny, entertaining, and occasionally amazing information and trivia.  See the Photo Gallery below for a glimpse at some of the people, places, and items featured in this year’s Book of Lists.
May 22, 2016
EvoLux founder Ray Leavitt says he wants to make it easier for you to book a helicopter seat. He has created computerized platforms that let you either reserve the entire helicopter or open up a helicopter you’ve booked to friends or the general public to cut your costs. Leavitt claims to have 200 helicopters enrolled in the system in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami. His goal is to get enough helicopters and passengers in the sky to bring down the cost for both.
May 17, 2016
Gulfstream G650
Gulfstream’s long-range, large-cabin jets, which set the standard for value retention in a size category that long defied the broader market’s slack demand, are now joining the group’s descent.

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““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”

-—former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold