Commentary

November 25, 2013
The Wright Brothers take off—only 66 years before Apollo 11.
Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies?
September 24, 2013
"There's still a place for print," argues BJT's editor.
When my wife and I recently dropped off our son for his freshman year at Bard College, we had the pleasure of listening to a talk by the school’s extraordinary longtime president, Leon Botstein.
September 19, 2013
BJT's first cover, from October 2003
You need only glance at our first cover, from October 2003, to see how far Business Jet Traveler has come. We began as an outgrowth of Aviation International News, our company’s 41-year-old trade magazine, and in our early issues, seemed more like a clone than an offspring.
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 1, 2013
Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen owns a Gulfstream IV but not much else.
A little over a decade ago, my wife and I had at least some small chance of becoming rich beyond belief. We were among the first investors in a technology startup that had the potential to be as revolutionary and widely adopted as the iPhone or iPad, and with even greater revenue.
June 28, 2013
Jennifer English
Welcome to our sixth annual Buyers’ Guide. This special edition of BJT contains the updated and valuable information you need to be a smarter, more efficient business jet traveler. Below you’ll find just a few of the questions that we address in these pages.
June 19, 2013
I’ve always been one to deliberate carefully before spending money, but I might not have labeled myself an obsessive shopper until the day, several years ago, when I went looking for a new kitchen faucet.
May 31, 2013
In our latest print edition and on this website, you’ll discover our Second Annual Book of Lists feature, which we hope you’ll find both informative and entertaining. Meanwhile, here’s another list about another yearly feature—our third annual Readers’ Choice poll.
May 10, 2013
Jennifer Leach English at ABACE 2013 in Shanghai
We’ve just returned from Shanghai, where we distributed the Chinese-language version of our BJT Buyers’ Guide at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition. I’m pleased to report that demand for the magazine at ABACE proved even greater this year than it was in 2012, when it also attracted plenty of attention.
May 1, 2013
Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy
Last month in this space, I suggested some reading matter for the road. Now it’s time to talk about films for your flight.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts