Eastern Europe drags down European flight recovery, Nextant 400XTi operations, Best Gift Ideas for Travelers

Best Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

These small, affordable travel gifts are sure to be big hits.

When it comes to travel, bigger isn’t always better. The most ingenious gifts often come in the lightest packages, making it easier to meet TSA liquid restrictions and new carry-on-bag limits while also freeing travelers to be spontaneous.

In that spirit, we’ve put together a shopping list of stocking stuffers fit for road warriors, stylish jet-setters, armchair explorers, and everyone in between—starting at $5.

Our favorite pint-size products include innovations like removable smartphone lenses and a handy way to organize the myriad cords that come with all those necessary gadgets.

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Best Gift Ideas for Travelers

Share has become a go-to word for travelers lately. We share our selfies, our vacation videos, and our status updates. But we’re also increasingly sharing our homes, our cars, and our tables, thanks to companies like Airbnb, Lyft, and EatWith.

So for the 2014 holiday season, we’ve focused on ways for you to share the joy of travel with the special people in your life. Our favorite gifts help capture memories, inspire adventures, and make life on the road easier and more enjoyable. Take Mimeo’s cashmere touch screen gloves, an indulgence for the on-the-go Instagrammer, or a new line of fashion-forward compression socks.

Some gifts will encourage travelers to get creative in commemorating their trips. Lomography’s affordable new camera, for instance, combines the arty fun of phone filters with the gratification of instant prints. Of course, the best gift would be a trip on a private jet from JetOptions- Ed.

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Market analysis: Megacities, the super-rich and private jets

In the time that it takes you to read this sentence more than 250 people will have moved to a city for the first time. There has never been a time in history when so many people live in cities. The United Nations estimates that 3.2 billion people live in cities; by 2030, it forecasts that it will be 5 billion people. That means that three out of every five people will live in cities, compared to less than 3 percent in 1800.

The other effect of urbanization is the growth in megacities – cities with a population of more than 10 million people. In 1950 the world had two: New York and Tokyo. Now there are 33 megacities.

But what does this mean for business aviation? One theory is that megacities could be bad for business jet sales. One of the key benefits of business aviation is the ability to fly to underserved airports. Airlines connect megacities because the main growth in megacities is happening in Asia. This means they are also served by good airlines (at the end of 2013, eight of the 10 largest megacities were in Asia – including all of the top six places. China, alone, had three.)

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Eastern Europe continues to drag down European flight recovery

Flight activity in Europe has started to slow down, with flights to and from Eastern Europe and Russia taking the biggest hits.

WINGX Advance’s update from November 2014 shows that there were 57,730 business aviation flights in Europe, representing a 0.9 percent year-on-year decline over the flights during November 2013.

Ultra-long-range jet sector up 10-percent

Ultra-long-range jet sector up 10-percent

“In Western Europe, business aviation activity is still edging back up this year, though this month’s data indicates this owes more to turboprop and piston activity, with business jet activity still languishing, said Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX Advance. “In the broader European market, steep declines in Eastern Europe, Russia , and Turkey have stalled overall growth. Where there is still YOY increase in jet activity, it’s in the familiar VLJ and ULR segments.”

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SaxonAir begins Nextant 400XTi operations

SaxonAir, the UK sales representative for Nextant Aerospace, has begun Nextant 400XTi commercial operations from its base in Norwich.

The aircraft was delivered recently and is available for immediate charter. This is the first 400XTi model in Europe and is operated alongside six of the 400XT variants based in Europe. It is also the first Nextant to be operated in the UK.

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