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Bombardier Global 6000 at Paris Air Show, 68 million G650 for Sale, G450 delivered

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Bombardier shows off Global 6000 corporate jet at Paris Air Show

You can charter a  Bombardier Global 6000 business jet or any of the Global line from JetOptions

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Airlines over order at Paris Airshow

The last week was a good one to be a commercial aircraft salesman. Airlines and leasing companies placed options for 1,223 aircraft worth $69 billion at list prices at the Paris Airshow this week. (Obviously many of these aircraft will not be delivered to airlines and no one paid list price, but we should not let that get in the way of a good story).

Airbus and Boeing have sold out production for an astonishing eight to 10 years. Low oil prices are helping airlines make profits and carriers and leasing companies are keen to buy.  Both manufacturers have had three years of record orders. This is a complete contrast to business jet OEMs where backlogs are still falling. Commercial OEMs are upping production whilst we will see less business jets delivered this year rather than next. Bombardier did not announce big orders for the C-Series, but hopefully these are on the way.

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Luxury foodie breaks in Lincoln fit for a king

With Magna Carta celebrations in full swing in Lincoln, all eyes are on the historic city which possesses the world’s best-preserved version of the document. Lying in a brand new state-of-the art vault at Lincoln Castle, the city is the only place where Magna Carta can be seen next to the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

These precious documents are no doubt the city’s pride and joy and some of Lincolnshire’s best-known food and drink producers have unveiled very special creations to mark 800 years since Magna Carta was sealed by King John.

Take a look at these three suggestions for luxury foodie breaks that are fit for a king: For beer lovers, for cheese lovers and for local food lovers…

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Flexjet takes first G450

Fractional operator Flexjet has taken delivery of its first Gulfstream G450. You can charter a Gulfstream 450 from JetOptions.

G450 msn 4330 / N450FX left Gulfstream’s Savannah production facility on June 18, flying to Bradley International Airport. Following a short stop the aircraft departed to Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Airport.

Gulfstream 450 N450FX

Flexjets placed a $1 billion order for 50 Gulfstream jets in 2014. The deal included firm orders for 10 G450s, six G500s and six G650s.

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Irish tycoon Denis O’Brien puts G650 up for sale

Irish born telecoms tycoon Denis O’Brien has put his 2012 build Gulfstream G650 up for sale.Gulftream G650 MSN 6032 / M-GSIX was delivered new to O’Brien in July 2013. The aircraft is listed for sale with OGARAJETS of Atlanta Georgia, with a price tag of $67.95 million.
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According to the listing, the aircraft has flown 1,734 hours and 558 landings since new…

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Chasing business jets – a guide for business jet spotters

Business jets do not just give pleasure to the people that fly in them. Many people get a buzz just from just seeing a one.

Others take this passion more seriously. There are thousands of amateur aviation photographers (many as good as professionals) and planespotters looking to track down business jets.

Whilst most photographers just collect images, planespotters collect aircraft registrations or manufacturers serial numbers (MSNs) by seeing the aircraft. (You can usually work out the MSN from the aircraft registration, although this is hard in some countries.)

Falcon50_T7DFX at Le Bourget

Aviation photographers are spread throughout the world. With the US and Japan in particular seeming to have many good ones (Japan also deserves credit for encouraging enthusiasts, every airport has at least one viewing platform). Although there are planespotters in every country, it is most popular in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. No one knows exactly how many planespotters are in each country but there are specialist magazines and books serving the community.

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The Monaco 2050 superyacht private-jet set

A step up from offering a helipad and helicopter, the proposed Monaco 2050 superyacht features a detachable private jet that takes off vertically

A superyacht built and decorated to their precise specifications remains an enduringly popular indulgence among the world’s richest, and the unparalleled degree of personalisation they can avail of means their purchases can vary drastically from one another.

Monaco+2050+1 superyacht

Moscow-born Monaco resident Vasily Klyukin, the co-founder of Russia’s Sovcombank, is one entrepreneur seeking to more radically shape the form of future superyachts, by releasing a concept design for the type of vessel he would like to own in the years to come.

His Monaco 2050 proposal (so called because he expects it to set a new industry standard within the next 35 years) considers what billionaires will next desire now that yachts with helipads and helicopters are becoming something of a superyacht standard. In their place Klyukin envisions a boat that will also serve as a launch pad for private jets that can take off vertically.

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Private Jets Incredible Interiors, Brazil and Business Aviation, HondaJet at LABACE

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Private Jets’ Incredible Interiors

Washington DC-based photographer Nick Gleis has photographed over 800 private jets – ranging from the Lear 20 series to Boeing 747-400s – in a career that has lasted over 30 years. His vast collection of photographs gives a rare insight into the exclusive world and tastes of private jet owners; many of the aircraft photographed by Gleis are owned by royalty and heads of state from countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Dubai, and Kazakhstan. Here he shares pictures of some of the most lavish private jets he has photographed and explains what his unusual career entails.

Boeing 727-200 Nick Gleis Photography

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Business Aviation’s Impact on Brazil

The Brazilian General Aviation Association (ABAG) hosts the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) this week in São Paulo – closing later today. Amid ongoing economic struggles in Brazil, the focus has been on the impact of the economy on business aviation, and the government’s plans to alter aviation laws.


This year, 22 companies are featured in the static display at Congonhas International (CGH), and 62 companies featured in the exhibit hall. This is about the same size as last year’s show, mainly due to the ongoing economic crisis in Brazil. The show is still the largest business aviation event in Latin America, representing both Brazilian and foreign companies, manufacturers, and operators.

Representing Brazil

ABAG now has 74 members, all Brazilian, representing almost every segment of general aviation. Ahead of LABACE, the association stressed Brazil’s role in the aviation market. “We aim to reinforce General Aviation’s important role in the growth of Brazil in connecting all regions of the country, being present at more than 3,500 aerodromes,” the association said in a statement.

Economically, 2014 was a difficult year for Brazil, and the aviation sector has felt the effects. There was a surge in private aircraft traffic with the World Cup soccer, with about 1,000 private jets flying in for the event according to CNBC. But once the tournament was over, aviation and tourism activities retracted and didn’t start back up again.

At the same time, the Brazilian currency, the Real, weakened over 2014, reaching its lowest point against the dollar in 10 years, according to the Wall Street Journal. As the purchase of aircraft and parts are made in US dollars, the exchange rate heavily impacted Brazilian companies.

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Hondajet Combines Debut with Orders

Honda Aircraft Company debuted its HondaJet in South America as part of LABACE 2015. Coinciding with this debut were multiple orders for the company’s light jet from both business and private jet users.

Hondajet LABACE 2015

“There is strong market potential in Brazil,” comments Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO Michimasa Fujino. “In addition to receiving multiple orders, many more individuals at LABACE have expressed interest in the HondaJet.”

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Gulfstream G280 Performance Boost, Citation Latitude Europe Tour, Legacy 450 Certified

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G280 Gets Performance Boost Through Software Upgrade

Update Improves Landing Distance, Enhances Flight Management System and Enables Synthetic Vision

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that an avionics software upgrade resulting in improved aircraft performance is now available for the Gulfstream G280.

Gulfstream G280

The new PlaneView280TM software, offered in conjunction with supplier Rockwell Collins, results in slower approach speeds, shorter landing distances, and enhanced flight management system performance.

“The G280 was already a top-performing aircraft in its class,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “With this upgrade, the aircraft’s performance is even better. Our customers will appreciate the increased functionality and utility, the operational improvements, the enhanced display layout and the improved situational awareness.”

The upgrade reduces G280 approach speeds by up to 9 knots. The landing distance with the new software is 2,380 feet/725 meters, a decrease of 270 ft/82 m.

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Cessna Citation Latitude begins European tour

Cessna has begun a three-week European demonstration tour of its new Citation Latitude with the annual Business and General Aviation day (BGAD), held on 15 September at London Biggin Hill airport – the first stop on its multi-city itinerary.

The $16.3 million, midsize business jet is the newest aircraft in Cessna’s 16-strong product line. It secured FAA certification in June, following a three-and-a-half year development effort, and entered service with a US owner in August.

Cessna Citation Latitude begins Europe tour

The Textron Aviation subsidiary now anticipates European validation for the nine-seat aircraft in the fourth quarter. “We are eager to get the Latitude approved in Europe so we can begin deliveries to our customers here,” says Textron Aviation’s vice-president of sales for Europe, Tom Perry.

Europe is one of the largest markets for the Citation business jet family with an inventory of around 830 aircraft…

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Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 Gains EASA Certification

Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft has met or surpassed all design goals, exceeding targets such as range, runway performance, hot-and-high takeoff distance and maximum payload. The conclusion of the process in Europe follows the recent certification granted by the Brazil and U.S. aviation agencies.

“This is a great achievement that paves the way for deliveries to begin in the member states of the European Union as well as in EASA-associated countries,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 450 is a revolutionary business jet that re-enforces our commitment to deliver true innovation to the market.”

Embraer Legacy 450 EASA certified

With a range of up to 2,575 nautical miles (4,769 km), the mid-light Legacy 450 can fly nonstop from New York to Las Vegas, Dubai to Moscow and Jakarta to Hong Kong. The aircraft has the largest cabin in its class, comfortable seating for up to 9 passengers, and is the first jet in its category to replace conventional controls with full digital fly-by-wire technology.

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Airbus and Aerion, Business Aviation Outlook, BBA Aviation and Landmark

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

ANALYSIS: Airbus deepens role in Aerion supersonic project

Aerion’s planned production system for its AS2 supersonic business jet is evolving as Airbus‘s role in the programme begins to deepen.

Aerion AS2 in flight

At last year’s NBAA convention it was revealed that Airbus had agreed to partner with Aerion, giving the supersonic project its long-sought major OEM partner. The original disclosure involved only the Airbus Defence & Space division, but the airframer’s commercial group has already become involved, Aerion vice-chairman Brian Barents revealed on 21 September at the Wichita Aero Club – where he delivered the first major programme update since the EBACE exhibition in May.

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BusinessAviationVoice: U.S. and Foreign Market Demand at Odds

Some perspective is in order in the wake of Rockwell Collins recent guidance to Wall Street on the company’s outlook for business aviation in the coming year.

Rockwell President and CEO Kelly Ortberg indicated the company “continues to see weak [business aviation] market conditions” and expects no significant improvement in its upcoming fiscal 2016. Factored into Rockwell’s outlook is a previously announced production rate cut for the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Global 5000 and 6000 aircraft, as well as additional rate reductions in “other business jet platforms,” including models in the mid-size and light segments.

Bombardier Global 6000

But Ortberg also noted these reductions will be partially offset by—among other things—the ramp-up in production of Embraer midsize Legacy 450/500 jets, in particular.

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BBA Aviation Makes Move to Acquire Landmark

BBA Aviation has entered a $2-billion stock purchase agreement to acquire Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) Landmark Aviation from investment fund manager Carlyle Group. BBA Aviation also announced the launch of a rights issue to raise $1.1 billion in proceeds, which will be used in part to finance the acquisition.

Landmark Aviation San Diego

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Flexjet Accelerates Deliveries Of Gulfstream G450s, Gulfstream G280 Ailerons, Caravan Garmin Upgrade, Nextant Aerospace

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Caravan Gets Garmin Upgrade

Under Garmin’s AML STC, Mid-Canada Mod Center recently completed and placed back into service a full Garmin G600 cockpit and avionics mod to a Cessna 208 Caravan. The G600 suite provides enhanced situational awareness with safety and pilot workload reduction. The dual-screen G600 pairs both a primary flight display (PFD) and a multifunction (MFD) display in a single 10-inch wide bezel.

Garmin G600 cockpit Cessna Caravan

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Flexjet Accelerates Deliveries Of Gulfstream G450s

Beginning To Exercise Order Options, Taking Steps to Expedite Delivery Of Entire Gulfstream Fleet

Flexjet has accelerated deliveries of the Gulfstream G450 business jets it has on order in response to what the fractional company says is heavy market demand. With the accelerated delivery schedule, six G450s will be flying in the Flexjet fleet by the end of this year.

Gulfstream G450

The G450 is part of an order Flexjet placed in October 2014 for up to 50 aircraft, also including the G500 and G650, from Gulfstream’s iconic line of business jets. Through its close partnership with Gulfstream, Flexjet will closely monitor demand and collaborate with the manufacturer to accelerate deliveries and exercise any of the additional 26 options whenever possible.

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Kaman Awarded Five-Year Contract Extension For G280 Gulfstream Program

Expected Value Of The Deal Is More Than $27 Million

Kaman Aerosystems’ UK operation has been successful in securing a five-year contract extension on the Gulfstream G280 program for the supply of ailerons and winglets to Triumph Aerostructures.

Gulfstream G280


This takes the period of program deliveries out to 2019 and firmly consolidates Kaman as a key supplier on the G280 program. The contract extension has an expected value of more than $27 million over the next 5 years.

Gulfstream G280

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A new idea for old platforms

Nextant Aerospace is a new type of company in the business aviation industry. Rather than spending a $1 billion to develop a new business jet from scratch, the company utilizes existing platforms and upgrades the engines, avionics, and performance, creating a modern aircraft at a lower cost. The process is called remanufacturing.

Nextant 400Xti

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Nextant was founded in 2007 and is part of the Directional Capital family of companies. It currently offers a light jet and will soon offer turboprop aircraft.

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Falcon 7X, Global Jet Capital Acquisition, Europe Flight Activity Down, Airbus Pax Stacking

Monday, May 6th, 2019

The Falcon 7X is a Business Jet That Thinks It’s a Racing Plane

Reno Air Races attendees got to see the Dassault Falcon 7X pull some serious speed around the track this year

At the National Championship Air Races in Reno, spectators get to watch low-altitude wingtip-to-wingtip racing action around a set racecourse. That’s the main event, but the 200,000 onlookers are also treated to fantastic military and civilian aerial demonstrations. When a group of highly modified WWII aircraft or high-performance kit-built airplanes aren’t furiously circling the course, a series of stunt pilots and aerobatic performers put on a show. This year, though, attendees got to see something a little different.

Dassault Falcon 7x at Reno air races

Each day at noon, French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Falcon flew a solo lap around the circuit in its flagship Falcon 7X trijet. The flight was for exhibition only; the plane did not officially compete in the races. But with a top speed pushing 600 mph and impressive maneuverability, the 7X would make for fine competition among the other fast movers in the Jet Class. Not bad for a business jet.

Dassault Falcon 7x at the Reno Air Races

The 7X was born from technology found in the company’s military fighter aircraft like the Rafale. That includes becoming the first business jet with a digital fly-by-wire flight control system. Since certification in 2007, Falcons have become known known for their robust design, unparalleled flying qualities, and spacious quiet cabins.

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Global Jet Capital buys $2.5 billion GE Corporate Aircraft Finance portfolio

Global Jet Capital, the specialist business jet financier that launched last year, has bought GE’s $2.5 billion US corporate aircraft finance portfolio. The 16 people who work in GE’s corporate jet finance team will also move to Global Jet Capital.

The portfolio consists of more than 300 aircraft in the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. It is made up of both loans and leases.

“We are investing heavily in growing the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions such as this one with GE. This is a prime example of our industry expertise and investment capital coming together to evaluate and identify an opportunity to expand the business in a disciplined, carefully measured way,” said Shawn Vick, executive director of Global Jet Capital. “The price point of these business aircraft range between $25 and $75 million on average, and corporate users and high net worth individuals will seek competitive financing solutions rather than allocate their own cash resources which are better invested in their own businesses.”

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European flight activity continues to decline in September

There were 4.3% fewer business aviation flights in September 2015, versus the same period in 2014.

According to WINGX Advance’s September Business Aviation Monitor, there were significant drops in flight activity in key business aviation markets in Western Europe.

The steepest drop was in the UK, where an eight percent year-on-year drop was recorded, with similar declines also seen in Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

The steepest drops in activity were seen in Russia, Turkey and Estonia, with all three countries seeing double digit declines.

Whilst most of Europe saw a slowdown in activity, there were a few countries where the flight activity has risen.

Iceland, Portugal and the former Eastern bloc countries helped Europe’s activity trend for 2015 to be -1.4%.

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This story is another reason why private jet charter is better than commercial:

No, Airbus, I Don’t Want to Be Stacked

No thank you, Airbus, I don’t fancy sitting on top of other passengers in an A380 or larger plane, and worrying about more people breathing the same recycled, often staler, air pumped into the cabin.

Airbus proposal for people stacking

Reports have been emerging that Airbus filed a U.S. patent application this month to stack passengers on two levels within the same cabin.

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JetOptions Showcases Select Private Jets for Sale December 2nd 2015

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Featured Private Aircraft for Sale – December 2nd 2015:

This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. They are celebrating their 20th  anniversary this year. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing aircraft for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our website as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At Globalair you will find a large variety of private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis we showcase a selection of some of the private aircraft they have currently available online. Finding an aircraft for sale on can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, is the place to start.

If you want to take a similar aircraft for a spin before you buy, you can also charter all of the business jets you see below from JetOptions.

The private jets for sale we are featuring this week:

2009 Learjet 40XR, 1998 Hawker 800XP, 1993 Hawker 1000, 2003 Citation 560 Excel, 1999 Gulfstream IVSP


2009 Learjet 40XR for Sale
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2009 Learjet 40XR

SN: 40-2120

  • Brought to you by Sojourn Aviation
  • Fireblocked, 7 passenger seats and 1 belted lavatory seat
  • Honeywell Primus 1000
  • R.V.S.M. Capable
  • Cabin entertainment system (10 disc CD changer, DVD player)
  • You can charter a Learjet 40XR from JetOptions

1998 Hawker 800XP For Sale
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1998 Hawker 800XP

SN: 258369

  • This aircraft is brought to you by Mente Group
  • Interior 2006, 8 pax (5 beige leather seats with a 3 place navy fabric divan) plus belted lav.
  • Corian work surface, ice drawer, lighted crystal display, microwave, hot coffee, and china storage.
  • Airshow 400 & Wired for Wi-Fi
  • You can charter a Hawker 800XP from JetOptions

1993 Hawker 1000A For Sale
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1993 Hawker 1000

SN: 259024

  • Brought to you by Hatt & Associates
  • Immaculate Beige leather seating with Matching Carpeting, Sidewalls and Headliner.
  • Avionics Suite Enrolled on HAPP
  • Dual Laseref, Dual GPS, Dual NZ2000 6.0
  • RVSM Compliant
  • You can charter a Hawker 1000 from JetOptions

2003 Cessna Citation Excel for sale
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2003 Citation 560 Excel

SN: 560-5349

1999 Gulfstream IVSP for sale
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1999 Gulfstream IVSP

SN: 1380

  • Brought to you by Jetcraft Corporation
  • Thirteen (13) Passenger interior; Forward LH Lavatory
  • Delivered with fresh 1C, 2C, 8C, and 16C inspections and much more (Weststar ALN)
  • Rolls Royce Corporate Care on Engines
  • Aircell ATG-5000 Gogo Inflight High Speed Internet
  • You can charter a Gulfstream IVSP from JetOptions