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Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books, G650ER and G450 at Paris Air Show Today

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

Gulfstream G650ER is at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G450 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G450 is at Paris Airshow

Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Gulfstream G280 recently added to its growing list of city-pair records, this time linking Paris with Abu Dhabi.

Gulfstream G280 sets record

On April 24, the super mid-sized aircraft traveled from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The distance of 2,908 nautical miles/5,386 kilometers was covered in 6 hours and 16 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.82.

Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the G280’s 51st city-pair mark will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for consideration as a world record.

Gulfstream G280

“It’s a testament to the G280’s many attributes that we’ve delivered more than 60 of these aircraft to operators in 11 countries,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G280 had the best range, speed, fuel efficiency and cabin comfort in its class when it entered the marketplace in November 2012, and nothing has changed. It is also one of the most reliable aircraft in the industry.”

Originally projected to fly 3,400 nm/6,297 km, the G280 surpassed expectations by 200 nm/370 km, resulting in more city-pair connections, excellent fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for customers. The aircraft has tremendous performance capabilities and a superior cabin with the Gulfstream-designed cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems, industry-leading sound levels, 19 super-sized windows and in-flight access to the baggage compartment.

Continue Reading On gulfstreamnews.com »

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.

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

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…

Continue Reading On aluxurytravelblog.com »

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.

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

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.

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

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.

Continue Reading On telegraph.co.uk »

Gulfstream G650ER Video, Pension Funds, Oil Prices and Private Jets, Spike Supersonic Jet

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Take a tour of the $66.5 million private jet: Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream G650 ER

At the National Business Aviation Association in June, the line to catch a glimpse of the new Gulfstream G650ER private jet was the largest of the conference. The “ER” stands for the updated “extended range” version of the luxurious G650.



Continue reading on www.businessinsider.com >>


How Pension Funds, Universities and Endowments Pay for Private Jets

One of the class markers of the private equity industry is that its members routinely fly on private jets. That’s often because the larger and even some of the smaller firms charge their private jet travel to private equity portfolio companies. That means that the cost is borne first and foremost by investors in private equity like public pension funds, private pension funds, universities like Harvard and Yale, and other foundations and endowments.



 

The enormous costs of private jets, while they are borne by the investors, are almost entirely hidden from them. PE firms keep investors in the dark by having the portfolio companies they’ve bought on behalf of their investors pay these jet bills. Amazingly, investors have been fooled by this simple ruse for decades – it’s as if your stockbroker deducts his fee from your account, and you regard his services as free because you never see a bill.

Now admittedly, there are cases, if you are taking a team of people from one not-well-air-serviced location to another, when private jet travel is cheaper than flying commercial. But those instances are rare.
Continue reading on www.nakedcapitalism.com


Low oil a boom for private jet business?

As the price of oil continues its bumpy ride, the broadly lower cost per barrel could present a new business opportunity for the world’s largest private jet company.

NetJets, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway which offers fractional ownership and private jet rental, told CNBC that low oil prices – now down around 50 percent from highs last summer — could boost their business.

“If you are an oil company and you’re invested in a fleet of your own private jets, clearly this is the moment where you’ll look back at your investments and your assets and think: ‘Was this the best decision?’,” NetJets’ Head of European Sales Marine Eugene said. “I think this is a tremendous opportunity for us.”

Continue reading on CNBC.com>>


Football star splashes out 10 Million for private jet

Brazilian football wizard Neymar splashed out $10 million buy a private jet and flew his friends out to Las Vegas – the party capital of the world.

Neymar jet Instagram

The Barcelona forward used it to fly to and from the Copa America tournament in Chile – but his competition was cut short for a headbutt early on.

Continue reading on www.dailystar.co.uk>>


Fly from NYC to London in 3 Hours with a Supersonic Jet

Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours

Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours. The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet can fly 450 mph faster than any current civilian jet, which means cutting most flight times by half.

However, the supersonic experience comes at a high cost: the finished S-512 will cost between $60 and $80 million. (Which is great if your itinerary goes from “Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner,” as the Spike Aerospace update suggested.)

The high-speed jet can hold 18 passengers at a time, and feature a Muliplex Digital cabin. That’s to say: a windowless cabin equipped with a high-definition, full-screen display that can play anything from a live feed of the world outside, movies, to a business presentation your team is thrilled about.

spike supersonic jet
Continue reading on psfk.com >>

 


 

Gulfstream G500, Europe Bizav Still Sluggish, Aircraft Acquisition Planning, Embraer 3Q Aircraft Deilveries

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G500 Surpasses 100 Flight Hours

Ground Testing, Avionics Checks Have Begun On Second And Third Test Articles

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G500 has achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight. The accomplishments come just 12 months after Gulfstream announced the all-new G500 and G600 aircraft programs in an Oct. 14, 2014, ceremony at its Savannah headquarters.

Gulfstream G500

As of Oct. 13, 2015, the G500 flight test aircraft had successfully completed more than 45 missions. The longest of those was 5 hours and 22 minutes for a total aircraft flight time of more than 100 hours. In the five months since the aircraft’s first flight, it has reached an altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80.

Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA 2014

“It’s just really exciting to see how well this aircraft is performing,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “This plane has been flying exactly as expected, which highlights our commitment to quality and our attention to detail. It also reflects the investments we’ve made in labs to support the flight-test program. The team recently flew three missions in one day, with hot refueling between flights, for a total flight time of nearly seven hours. Our test pilots have said the aircraft’s handling qualities are exceptional.”

Gulfstream G500

Continue reading about the G500 on gulfstreamnews.com>>


 

European BizAv Activity Remains Sluggish

Periodic updates of what’s happening in European business aviation always serves as a good reality check to confirm—or balance—the promotional claims of the industry’s original equipment manufacturers (OEM) looking to grow their business outside the United States, which dominates the global market.

Overall flight activity in September was slightly higher than in August, but it was 4% lower compared with the same period a year ago due primarily to softness in Western Europe, according to WINGX, a market research firm based in Hamburg, Germany. For example, the U.K. year-over-year was down 8%. Secondary markets took a big hit, with Russia down 20% in September compared with the year-ago period, and Turkey was off 11%.

Continue reading about Europe’s business aviation activity on Forbes.com>>


 

Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase.

If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing provide scalable options to achieve the benefits of business aircraft use, even if you’re flying only 50 hours a year.

Each form of business aviation usage offers certain advantages, based on the user’s needs and average total flying hours. What follows is a brief overview of some of the more popular options.

CHARTER AND FRACTIONAL

Air charter is often the easiest way to begin using a business aircraft. Typically it’s best for those flying around 50 hours or less per year. The cost of ownership is focused totally on usage. There are no upfront capital costs or maintenance fees. You simply pay for travel time, which makes charter ideal for those who only fly occasionally. Users can fly round-trip, one-way or from one point to another. The main drawbacks to charter are that access and aircraft availability can be limited during high-demand periods, and the tax benefits of aircraft ownership are not available.

Once you reach the 50- to 100-hour per year flying threshold, fractional ownership can start to be a more attractive option. You actually purchase a “share” of an aircraft, which often provides improved aircraft availability and certain tax benefits. However, the upfront costs are higher, since there is a capital expense in purchasing an ownership share of a business aircraft. You also pay a monthly fee for administrative and maintenance costs, plus a per-hour fee for usage. Fractional shares usually are sold for a fixed period of time – usually three to five years. Depending on the contract provisions, ownership shares can then be sold back to the provider at current market value.

Continue reading about aircraft acquisition planning on NBAA.org>>


 

Embraer Delivers 21 Commercial and 30 Executive Jets in 3Q15

During the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) delivered 21 jets to the commercial aviation market and 30 to the business aviation market, for a total of 51 aircraft. The number is 50% higher than in the same period last year, when 34 aircraft were delivered – 19 commercial and 15 executive jets.

Embraer Legacy 650 at DAL

In 3Q15, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico.

Continue reading about Embraer’s deliveries for the third quarter on embraerexecutivejets.com>>

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.

Continue Reading About the Gulfstream G280 on gulfstreamnews.com »


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…

Continue reading about the Cessna Citation Latitude European at Flightglobal.com»


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.

Continue reading about the Legacy 450 on embraerexecutivejets.com»

Forget Comfort — These Are The Real Advantages Of Chartering Private Jets

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

This is a great article about the advantages of chartering private jets:

Yes, private jets are swanky. But if you can spend less money to get an equally  luxurious experience in first or business class, why not fly with an airline? A quick search turns up one-way first class flights from New York to Los Angeles for around $1,000. The same flight with private jet charter company costs over $4,500 per  passenger. That’s a lot of money to justify for the added luxury of having no one else  around.

 

To find out what the real benefits to flying private are, we spoke with Steve Cass,  Vice President of Communications at private jet maker Gulfstream. It all comes down to saving time, which means saving money when chartering private jets.

Less Time On The Ground

It starts on the way to the airport. Small jets don’t need the huge runways  and staffs offered by major airports, so they can fly out of smaller spots.

There are many more minor airports than major ones, so you often don’t have  to travel as far to get to one. And they’re less congested, making the  experience more pleasant.

 

You don’t have to deal with the TSA or long check-in lines, so you can you  arrive at airport minutes, not hours, in advance. That’s time, money, and  aggravation saved. And when you get off, your bags are thrown right into your  car, so there’s no time spent at the baggage carousel.

Plus, you fly when you want. Flying commercial, Cass said, “we adjust our  schedule to meet the needs of the airline.” In the sphere of private aviation, it’s the other way around.

The two other advantages cited:

A faster trip due to more direct flights and faster aircraft speeds.

Privacy in the air to get work done because you control who listenst to your confidential conversations

Read the rest of the story about the advantages of charter private aircraft on businessinsider.com>>

Five Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Private Jet Trip

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

What questions should you be asking before chartering your next private jet? Here are 5 must ask questions:

Many will agree that flying private trumps flying with commercial airlines in virtually every way. You have peace and quiet, you’re catered to for all of your needs, and you’ll have less hassle to deal with along the way. Booking a private jet for your next trip is an exciting outlook.

However, before you jump into the booking process, be sure to ask some questions to make sure that your private jet charter company has you covered in the best ways possible. By taking care of the details in advance, you can save yourself and the rest of your party a major headache, as well as look out for your own safety. Take a look at 5 questions to ask before you book.

  1. Is the Flight Properly Insured?

Without a doubt, any reputable charter company will have the details of aviation insurance all planned out well before you’re en route. However, to ensure peace of mind for you and the crew, don’t feel uncomfortable when it comes to asking some important questions.

Covered by aviation insurance

Ask about the insurance limits on the chartered aircraft and whether the policy covers single limit, property damage liability, and bodily injury to passengers. Ask if each of the passengers joining is listed on the policy as “additionally insured,” to ensure that each traveler is covered throughout the entire flight duration.

  1. Has the Company Planned for “Surprises?”

Some private jet charter companies have unknowingly walked into a nightmare when things don’t go according to plan. For example, many international airports have strict curfews and after-hours procedures. If you change your flight time or are late, will everything still be taken care of? Additionally, duty time issues for crew members can create road bumps in unexpected scenarios. Overall, it’s best to ensure that the unexpected is always expected.

  1. Who Is My Point of Contact?

One of the benefits of the private jet charter experience is that you should have one point of contact throughout your process. This individual will plan the itinerary and make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Not only does this save the hassle of dealing with too many people and details to keep track of, but it also ensures that there’s one person who knows your trip inside and out to make sure you’re fully accommodated.

One point of contact JetOptions

  1. Is In-Hangar Boarding Available?

For high-profile travelers who want to stay under the radar, ask if you have the option of in-hangar boarding. This is a truly private boarding option that’s safe from the prying eyes – and camera lenses – of the paparazzi and other nosy individuals. In-hangar boarding is an option that’s available at many private airports with advanced notice.

In hangar boarding