Business Jet Traveler » August 2009

September 1, 2009
Miami-based Air Platinum Club, which began operating in July, offers its members flight time on club-owned Gulfstream GIV-SPs. The club provides flights within the continental U.S. and between Paris and major U.S. cities. Members also have access to the club's 50-foot yacht, exotic sports cars and beachfront condo, all of which are in the Miami area.
September 1, 2009
France-based Dassault is working to have ready for entry into service in 2020 technologies that would reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent compared with fuel burn from current-production Falcons. Among other things, Dassault is considering an all-electric system architecture-eliminating pneumatic and hydraulic systems-that uses smaller power generators.
September 1, 2009
Avantair, the only publicly traded, standalone fractional operator, has announced financial results for the first quarter of 2009. Revenues totaled $34.7 million, a 16-percent gain over the same quarter last year. During the quarter, the company said, it recorded a "substantial" increase in hours flown and added a 52nd aircraft to its fleet.

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich