Business Jet Traveler

August 13, 2013
Victorinox’s Spectra 1.0
I have always coveted the hard-sided candy-colored luggage carried by my European colleagues—it looks so indestructible and impossibly chic. However, I was raised by practical parents who favor soft nylon suitcases and I always assumed hard-sided luggage would be difficult to carry.
August 7, 2013
German cars have eliminated Lexus’s lead in the silk-road stakes, leaving the Japanese contender with a fresh need to stand out. (Photo: Nigel Moll)
It may not outperform German sports sedans, but it shines brightly in its strong suit—comfort and heft. 
August 6, 2013
Inventory Trends (click to enlarge)
Overall, jet buyers and sellers seem about evenly matched. But some models are in much greater demand than others. Gazing through the rearview mirror at the first half of 2013, we see that, overall, the number of used jets for sale is neither rising nor contracting. Some models are a different matter, however.
August 5, 2013
The certified Custom Control Concepts 3-D monitors, which come with 3-D glasses, are available in sizes ranging from 42 to 64 inches (measured diagonally).
With this gear aboard, you may wish your flight were longer.
August 5, 2013
The guide advises everyone not to wear white clothing, the color of some local flowers. The bats that come out at night might try to pollinate us. (Photo: Amazon Clipper)
“Look, the dolphins are following us!” yells one ­passenger onboard the Amazon Clipper Premium, as we sail down Brazil’s Rio Negro back to the port city of Manaus. Diving in and out of the water, Pink River dolphins play their version of hide and seek. Are these the same dolphins we petted at the riverside feeding station a few miles back?
August 5, 2013
Travel$ense accounts for hours lost by airline  passengers when ­traveling to and from their airports, time spent in security lines, time lost due to ­canceled flights and more. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Sophisticated software can tell you which makes the most sense on a flight-by-flight basis.
August 5, 2013
Jennifer English (Photo: Mona L. Brown)
Issy Sharp, the founder of the Four Seasons hotel conglomerate and this issue’s cover subject, considers private aviation an essential business tool. He says it represents “true luxury” because of the time it saves him and the quiet, uninterrupted work space it provides.
August 5, 2013
You can get up to 43,000 feet just 22 minutes after takeoff thanks to the aircraft’s pair of quiet, state-of-the-art Honeywell HTF7500E engines (6,540 pounds of thrust each).
The Brazilian airframer promised a “game changer,” and it is delivering.
August 1, 2013
“Everybody wants to show you how good they are," says Four Seasons founder Issy Sharp. "So we get an army of people every day proving how good they are.” (Photo: George Pimentel)
Fifty-three years ago, Isadore M. Sharp opened a modest 125-room motel in downtown Toronto and called it the Four Seasons. From that starting point, he built the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts brand, which today includes 90 properties in 36 countries and ranks among the world’s largest and most prestigious suppliers of luxury lodging. 
August 1, 2013
“The concierges get to know you, so if we have access to an amazing James Bond ­premiere, they can call you and say, ‘I know you’re  a big fan of James Bond. Would you like to attend?’”  (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Whatever you want—wherever and whenever you want it—concierge services can deliver.

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