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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale (and charter) from our friends at GlobalAir. 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 a private jet used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private jet. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of private jets and other private aircraft for sale as well as leasing opportunities.
On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 private jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding a private jet for sale on GlobalAir.com 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, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.
Each of the private jet models you see below can be chartered from JetOptions.
This is our regular installment of selected corporate jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets 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 GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site 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 business jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 corporate jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com 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, GlobalAir.com is the place to start. All of the aircraft models you see below can also be chartered from us.
This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets 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 GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site 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 executive jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 executive jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com 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, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.
These are the major business aircraft manufacturers along with a brief description of each company and examples of the different models they produce (some of the models mentioned here are still in development). We’ve also made a short video that shows them all. In the future we will be describing each company in a much more in depth manner. Each major manufacturer and the different aircraft they have produced and are currently in production which will be shown separately in future postings.
Business aircraft in production: ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320, ACJ321, ACJ330, ACJ34, ACJ350 and ACJ380
Airbus says it’s the comfort you want in the size you need. Airbus entered the business airliner market in 1997 with the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), an executive version of its A319 airliner. Since then, Airbus has sold over 170 corporate jets worldwide. The company’s three single-aisle bizliners typically seat 19 to 50 passengers and are the ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ320. Airbus Corporate Jets plans to offer the “new-engine option” (neo) for the ACJ319 and ACJ320 beginning in 2018. For government and other customers requiring the ultimate in space and long-distance capability, Airbus also produces executive versions of its ACJ330, ACJ340, ACJ350 and ACJ380 widebody jetliners.
Business aircraft in production: King Air C90GTx, 250, 350i
Beechcraft Corporation traces its roots back to 1937, when Walter Beech introduced the Model 18, arguably the first cabin-class, twin-engine business airplane. That effort morphed in 1964 into the twin-turboprop King Air model, which has since undergone multiple upgrades and remains in production to this day. Raytheon bought Beech in 1980, adding the Hawker business jet brand, and the company became Hawker Beechcraft. It emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2013 as the Beechcraft Corporation, which no longer produces a business jet and instead focuses exclusively on its turboprop line. In March 2014, Textron acquired Beechcraft, merging it with Cessna to create Textron Aviation.
Business aircraft in production: BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3 and VVIP widebodies.
Also a maker of VIP Airliners. These aircraft offer the most space and ultra long range capabilities.
The BBJ combines components of two 737 models: the 737-700 series airframe and the larger 737-800 series wing, landing gear and center fuselage section. A larger, stretched version called the BBJ2 boasts 25 percent more cabin capacity and the even larger BBJ3 is based on the 737-900ER. Starting in 2018, the BBJ1, BBJ2 and BBJ3 will be transitioning into the Max platform, with 12 percent improved fuel burn offered by the upgrade to the CFM International Leap-1B engine. All Boeing jets from the 737 to its largest and newest 747-8 and the 787 are available in VVIP versions.
Business aircraft in production: Learjet 70, 75, 60XR; Challenger 300, 605, 850; Global 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000
Bombardier has grown into one of the world’s largest producers of business jets and regional airliners. In the last two decades, the company has introduced several business jet models, including the Learjet 40/45 and 70/75, Challenger 300 and 605 and Global 5000 and 6000. The forthcoming Learjet 85 was their first all composite business jet but the program was halted in January 2015. The ultra-long-range Global 7000 and 8000 models will join the fleet in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The Canadian aircraft manufacturer offers many sized business jets with their extensive line that includes Learjet, Challenger and Global brands. Aircraft models: Learjet 40XR, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 605, 850, 870, 890; Global 5000, Global 6000.
Business aircraft in production: Caravan; Citation Mustang, M2, CJ2+, CJ3, CJ4, Encore+, XLS+, Sovereign+, X, X+
Cessna built its first airplane in 1927 and has since rolled out more than 190,000. Of the roughly 16,000 business jets in operation worldwide, Cessna has produced a third of them. The company’s 11 business jet models span the Mustang very light jet and continue up the spectrum to the new version of the Citation X, which will be the world’s fastest civil airplane with a top speed of Mach 0.935. Other offerings include the new M2, Latitude, Longitude, X and upgraded Sovereign. To serve the growing Asian market, Cessna will produce models in China—the XLS+, Sovereign and Latitude—and develop an entirely new jet with China’s Avic.
Cessna has 9 business jet models that range from the very light to the super mid. Aircraft models: Citation Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, CJ4, Encore+, XLS+, Sovereign, X.
Daher-Socata’s speedy single-engine turboprop TBM 850 cruises at 320 knots as high as 31,000 feet while carrying up to six occupants. Range at top speed is more than 1,400 nautical miles with reserves or nearly 1,600 nautical miles at the 252-knot long-range cruise speed, yet the TBM 850 can land on runways as short as 2,100 feet. Industrial conglomerate Daher, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, purchased Socata in 2009. The company introduced its TBM900, an upgrade of the 850, in March.
Business aircraft in production: Falcon 2000LX, 2000S, 900LX, 8X, 7X, 5X
Dassault Falcon Jet company builds airframes at its factory in southwest France. Dassault offers the Falcon 900 and 2000 family of business jets, as well as the Falcon 7X trijet, featuring the latest in fly-by-wire flight-control technology and fighter-jet-style sidesticks in the cockpit. The next Falcon—the fly-by-wire 5X—is a twin-engine widebody jet, with service entry scheduled for 2017. Last year, the 2000LXS entered service, replacing the 2000LX. In May, Dassault introduced the Falcon 8X, a stretched 7X with an increased range of 6,450 nautical miles.
The French aircraft manufacturer offers the Falcon 900 and 2000 family of business jets as well as the Falcon 7X with their signature trijet configuration. Aircraft models: Falcon 2000LX, 900LX/EX, 7X.
Eclipse Aerospace resumed production of its iconic very light jet, now dubbed the Eclipse 550, in 2013. The new jet is aerodynamically the same as its predecessor, the 500, with the same Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines, but sports a more sophisticated flight deck, the Avio IFMS system based on avionics made by Innovative Solutions & Support.
Business aircraft in production: Phenom 100, 300; Legacy 600, 650; Lineage 1000
Embraer’s ERJ 135/145 airframe served as the foundation for the company’s first business jet, the Legacy 600, which was introduced in 1999. In the past decade, Embraer has made a strong push into the business jet market by developing the Phenom 100 and 300 small-cabin jets, the midsize Legacy 450 and 500, the Lineage 1000 bizliner and the longer-range Legacy 650. The Legacy 500 and 450 midsize jets feature fly-by-wire flight controls and sidesticks and will be certified in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has come on strong in the last decade offering their light and mid Phenoms, their heavy Legacy and long range Lineage models. Aircraft models: Phenom 100, 300: Legacy 600, 650; Lineage 1000.
Business aircraft in production: G150, G280, G450, G550, G650, G650ER
In late 2012, two new Gulfstream jets received certification from the FAA, the super-midsize G280, built in Israel by partner IAI, and the ultra-long-range, large cabin G650. The G280 replaces the G200. The flagship G650 has a larger and wider cabin and larger windows than the G550, the manufacturer’s previous top model, and can fly 7,000 nautical miles unrefueled. The G650 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, giving it the title of the world’s fastest civil airplane for a while until the upgraded Citation X received certification. The recently announced G650ER (extended range) can fly 7,500 nautical miles.
Gulfstream has covered the mid, super mid, heavy and long range categories with their aircraft. Aircraft models: G150, G280, G350, G450, G500, G550, G650 and G650ER.
Business aircraft in production: N/A
Although Hawker shut down in February 2013, hundreds of their aircraft remain in the market. Their models covered light, mid and supermid categories. Aircraft models: Premier 1A, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 4000.
Honda Aircraft has begun production of the HondaJet and expects to receive certification from the U.S. FAA in early 2015. The light jet carries up to six passengers and features over-the-wing engine mounting, which frees up space in the fuselage and allows for a fully enclosed lavatory, unique in this size aircraft.
Business aircraft in production: P.180 Avanti II, Avanti EVO
The sleek, pusher-turboprop Piaggio Avanti was developed in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s. Piaggio delivered the first Avanti in 1990. In 2005, the aircraft was updated with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line21 avionics system, given slightly more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and branded the Avanti II. Piaggio Aero is jointly owned by Tata, Mubadala Development and the Ferrari and di Mase families. In May, Piaggio announced an upgraded version of the model; called the Avanti EVO.
Pilatus is the world’s largest manufacturer of single engine turboprops. The company’s PC-12 was certified in 1994 and became an instant hit with buyers, who appreciated its ruggedness, spacious cabin and performance. Today, more than 1,000 PC-12 aircraft are in service. The newest version, the PC-12NG, features a more powerful engine and Honeywell Primus Apex avionics. Pilatus is developing the PC-24, a twin-engine light jet with a midsize cabin, due for entry into service in 2017.
There are other business aircraft manufacturers such as Cirrus, Diamond, Piper, Syberjet and Quest.
Amongst the typically gloomy low clouds of London emerges the iconic Canary Wharf business district. The tallest of the towers, One Canada Square, held the title of Britain’s tallest building for nineteen years, only to be surpassed in 2010 by The Shard. This photo was taken from an Airbus A321 whilst the plane dipped its wing…
No less than thirty two stunning azure islands belong to the collection of St Vincent and the Grenadines making them a treasure trove of exploration on a charter. Whether you are skimming the surface snorkeling at the rich Tobago Cays, stretching out on the perfect sands of sleepy Bequia or splashing the cash in the glitzy boutiques and cobbled streets of Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines always flaunts its finer side.
JetOptions will be attending ABACE 2015 in Shanghai next week and Bombardier has announced its business jet lineup for the show. Also we have a buyer’s and investor’s guide to the Pilatus PC-24 which was unveiled at EBACE 2014 in Geneva. HondaJet is inching closer to production, and if you have 1 million dollars a week to charter a super yacht it’s name is Solandge.
Bombardier to Highlight its Business Jet Lineup at ABACE 2015
Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that it will showcase its class-defining business aircraft at this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) show at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport in China from April 14 to 16, 2015. Bombardier will be showcasing its Challenger 350 and Challenger 605 aircraft. Other Bombardier aircraft on display include a Challenger 300, Challenger 850 and Global 6000 aircraft
“ABACE is a wonderful opportunity for Bombardier to present its products”, said Michael Han, Regional Vice President, Sales, China. “With a very strong fleet of over 120 Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets based in Greater China, Bombardier is well-positioned to build on its current presence in the region as a world-class provider of efficiency-enhancing business aircraft. This year will be another very exciting year for Bombardier in the country and region.”
Over the next 10 years, Bombardier’s latest market forecast predicts a total of 950 business jet deliveries for the overall business aviation industry in Greater China. The demand, driven by economic growth, globalization and the increase in the number of billionaires in those markets, is expected to rise even further. With the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Bombardier continues to grow its leadership position in the business aviation industry. From light jets to large, ultra long-range aircraft, Bombardier offers a solution to all customers, whatever their requirements may be.
Challenger 350 aircraft
Built upon the legendary segment-defining Challenger 300 jet, the dependable Challenger 350 jet not only features the very latest in avionics, but offers the segment’s most advanced cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines the man-machine interface, all the while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger family. This jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200 nm (5,926 km) range that connects Shanghai with Jakarta non-stop.
The revered Challenger 605 jet builds upon the legacy of productivity, quality and reliability of its predecessor, the peerless Challenger 604 jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. Featuring one of the widest stand-up cabins of any large category business jet available today, it can soar six passengers 4,000 nm (7,408 km) from Shanghai to Dubai.
The Challenger 850 aircraft combines the outstanding dependability of a CRJ200 airliner with an executive cabin and the superior level of support business aircraft customer’s demand. With the cabin volume of an ultra long-range jet and a transcontinental range of up to 2,811 nm nautical miles (5,206 km), the Challenger 850 jet can fly eight passengers from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur non-stop.
The Global 6000 business jet offers more cabin volume and more floor space than any other aircraft in its class. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment today matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link Shanghai with San Francisco non-stop with eight passengers and four crew. It can travel 6,000 nm (11,112 km) at Mach 0.85 with up to eight passengers.
The Pilatus PC-24 is the first private jet from Switzerland’s Pilatus, bringing ‘super versatility’ to the competitive light jet market for $8.9 million.
For: The ability to land of virtually any kind of surface opens up the Pilatus PC-24 to new markets that were previously closed off to private jets. As a unique selling point, this gives the PC-24 a serious edge in a very competitive marketplace.
Its versatility is also very impressive, affording owners the luxury of being able to quickly change the cabin from executive to cargo configuration between legs.
Against: The light jet market is very competitive. Cessna decided to slow down production of its Citation jets instead of heavily discount values, while Embraer led the market for two years straight, with the popular Phenom 300 emerging as the most-delivered new business jet model in both 2013 and 2014.
A lot of important things have happened since Honda first started its business jet programme in 1997. But last week’s award of a provisional type certificate to the HondaJet means that the first deliveries are finally in sight.
Honda – and the 14 business jet programmes that have failed since HondaJet launched – shows just how difficult it is to enter the business jet market. (And it makes Embraer’s achievements even more impressive given that it only moved into business aviation in 2000).
Honda has hired some brilliant talents from across the aviation industry, but there are no quick fixes with certification (although they could have sped up if they had taken someone else’s engine).
Costing from $1 million per week to charter, the 280ft Solandge superyacht is a billionaries’ favourite, with interiors that Liberace would have loved, a garage of speedboats and even anti-rattle chandeliers
Now this is fun. It’s yet another sunny day in the Caribbean – blue sky, 27C, gorgeous beaches, divebombing pelicans – and I’m discovering the thrills of wakesurfing with a Centurion Enzo SV244 speedboat. Purpose-built for this exhilarating sport, where you surf behind the boat on a driver-controlled ridge of surf, its most striking feature is an overhead arch with four large speakers out of which are blasting the not-mellow tunes of Daft Punk, Cut Copy and Disclosure. As our party takes turns to slalom over the waves, flip wakeboards and come a glorious cropper (all caught on GoPro, sorry guys), it all seems a deliciously 21st-century version of the age-old pleasure of messing about in boats.
Except that this is just the beginning. The Centurion is merely one in an arsenal of watersports “toys” that can emerge from the twin flip-up doors of the tender garage of the 280ft superyacht Solandge. Launched in October 2013, and based in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, this gleaming navy-blue and white six-deck ship of dreams costs a cool $1million (£650,000) to charter for a week. At least.
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