Business Jet Traveler

February 1, 2008
Since a $10 million jet is as much work for a bank as a $40 million one, the
Uncertainty about aircraft values in the current market poses a major challenge for the companies that finance their purchase. For many new aircraft, the wait for outfitted delivery is as long as five or six years. This backlog puts a lot of pressure on the pre-owned market, where inventories for some models are at all-time lows.
February 1, 2008
More and more business jet travelers are ‘foodies’ who expect the same qualit
Is it realistic to expect the same quality of culinary fare aboard your business jet that you enjoy at four-star restaurants? That depends on your flight attendant's cooking skills and on whether the aircraft galley is equipped to support them. But even the best airborne chefs can be stymied by the cabin environment in which they have to work.
February 1, 2008
If you love opera, or even if you hate it, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in thi
"Something has taken place at Bayreuth which our grandchildren and their children will still remember," wrote composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky after attending the first performances of Wagnerian operas at the playhouse there.
February 1, 2008
The first morning out, he caught a brown trout. Almost 30 inches long. The st
A quarter mile from the Estancia del Zorro-the ranch of the fox-flows a stream my friend Brian O'Keefe calls the best spring creek he has ever fished. This is saying something. O'Keefe, who lives in the Oregon high desert, has made an enviable life of searching the world for great fishing.
December 1, 2007
Fly the Moller M200 Jetson and your neighbors may think they’ve seen a UFO.
They may not take you coast-to-coast, or even to the next state, but two new personal aircraft could offer you a whole lot of fun for your money.
December 1, 2007
Despite "challenges" in assembly of the first Boeing 787 prototype that have forced delay of the first flight and certification by at least six months, Boeing Business Jets does not expect to have to reschedule delivery dates for executive models of the jetliner. Boeing claims to have firm orders for nine executive 787s, two of which will go to an unidentified leasing company.
December 1, 2007
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December 1, 2007
Piaggio Aero, the Italian aircraft manufacturer, has signed an agreement that calls for 22 Avanti II twin turboprop business aircraft to be delivered to U.S. fractional ownership operator Avantair from 2011 through 2012. Valued at $150 million, the deal represents "one of the largest sales in the history of Piaggio Aero," said company CEO Josй Di Mase.
December 1, 2007
Jet manufacturers and many after-market completion centers offer owners an op
Inner beauty really does trump outward appearance-especially after factoring in comfort and utility. Your aircraft's interior, from the suppleness of the seats to the entertainment system, has a huge impact on both ownership experience and resale value.
December 1, 2007
Considering that the fractional-aircraft field was borne of a new business model and has been around for more than 20 years, it is perhaps surprising that the basic structure remains fundamentally unchanged: you purchase a share of an aircraft from the provider at a premium; you pay management fees, hourly rates and fuel surcharges; and at the end of your contract, you sell your share back to t

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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