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Flying Nannies & Chefs: Why You Should Sell Your Private Jet & Fly Etihad Instead

Dec 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield  |  4 Comments

Here's a tip for all of you private jet owners: Sell your plane! If you're looking for luxury, you don't need your own plane anymore, you can simply fly with Etihad Airways (that's "et-ee-aahd," which means "united" in Arabic). ... Read More

Air Canada Redesigns Premium Service Fleet With New Boeing 787s

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Airlines are really getting in the holiday spirits by announcing new perks fliers can start looking forward to. Last week we gave you a look at United Airlines' new redesign of their Premium Service fleet, and now it's Air Canada's turn with their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin interiors!... Read More

United Airlines Completes Redesign of p.s. "Premium Service" With Flat-Bed Seats

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Last week, United Airlines announced that the redesign of their p.s. "Premium Service" is finally complete. According to the airline, they're the first (and only) airline to offer customers premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every flight scheduled to fly between JFK and San Francisco or Los Angeles. ... Read More

Volocopter VC200 Is Emission-Free and Ready to Fly

Dec 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  3 Comments

Last year e-volo created an all-electric multicopter with 16 propellers, and since has developed a commercial version — the VC200. This emission-free helicopter (which the company calls a volocopter) embarked on its maiden flight in Germany last month and with 18 rotors, the aircraft apparently lifted off the ground with no problems at all — even exceeding e-volo's expectations.... Read More

NetJets Releases Video to Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

NetJets is gearing up for their 50th anniversary next year, and to celebrate, they've released a new video that takes you through their impressive history. The short 2.5 minute video is simple in its execution, mainly comprised of a tracking shot and narration. ... Read More

JetBlue Goes Premium with the Launch of Mint Class

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph  |  1 Comment

It's been a decade since JetBlue brought its fresh take on air travel to the American skies. But while you might think of it as a budget carrier, and therefor incongruous with the kind of business, or first-class accommodations to which you've become accustomed, think again. JetBlue recently announced the launch of Mint, its new premium service that aims to provide a refreshing approach to upscale travel. ... Read More

Corporate Jet Investor Brings News From the World of Private Aviation

Nov 27, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

There's always something happening in the world of private aviation and it can be tough to keep track. To help you out, I scoured the annals of Corporate Jet Investor to bring you an easily digestible review of current events and happenings in the industry, from major aircraft sales to brand new operating leases.... Read More

Bitcoins Are Now Accepted by Virgin Galactic For Flights to Space

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Richard Branson has announced that you can now use bitcoin (an untraceable virtual currency not controlled by a central authority, like the Federal Reserve) to pay for a seat on a future Virgin Galactic flight. Branson, who invested in bitcoin early on, told CNBC that the first transaction was made by a flight attendant in Hawaii, who according to Branson, made "quite a lot of money getting into bitcoin early."... Read More

Here's How to Stuff a Private Jet Into a Holiday Stocking

Nov 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Magellan Jets is getting in the holiday spirit by preparing several different exclusive gift ideas for their jetsetting customers. If you have friends and family who love to travel, you can literally give them access to a private jet anywhere in the U.S., and with as little as 10-hours' notice.... Read More

Private Jet Firm Receives $50M Capital to Expand Globally

Nov 12, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

Many companies in the private-aviation industry are ramping up their marketing efforts by pushing the envelope. They're attempting to lure the niche segment of consumers that frequently fly privately by offering a value-driven proposition that will lead these charter, fractional ownership, and brokerage outfits to increasing their market share.... Read More

ElJet Named Leading Private Jet Charter Company in North America by World Travel Awards

Oct 22, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

ElJet, the two-time winner of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America, was named the 2013 Leading Private Jet Charter Company in North America by the World Travel Awards (WTA) — NetJets was last year’s holder of the prestigious award. The accolade honors the best travel organizations in the world via a global industrial vote, with nearly 650,000 tourism professionals from 191 countries casting ballots. ... Read More

New 2014 Generation 5 Cirrus Aircraft Lights Up the Sky

Oct 16, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Last week, Cirrus Aircraft revealed the many upgrades they've made to their 2014 Generation 5 SR-Series airframes. Having only been launched earlier this year, the new model apparently personifies their dedication to industry-leading innovation, and with a host of new features — like LED lights and better brakes — the new version is a huge improvement.... Read More

World's Largest Plane Serves Menus From The Langham, London

Oct 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  2 Comments

It’s hard to squeeze a free bag of peanuts out of a flight attendant these days, let alone be served a gourmet meal. But on British Airways’ new twin-deck A380 aircraft—currently the largest airplane in the world—passengers will be lavished with world-class menus designed by one of London’s most iconic hotels, The Langham.... Read More

Finnair Offers Limited-Time Menu Created by Finnish Gourmet Chefs

Oct 2, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Helsinki-based airline Finnair, as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, recently announced a limited-time, signature gourmet menu created by Finnish chefs Pekka Terävä and Tomi Björck. Available this fall on business class, long-haul flights (including those from Chicago, Miami, and New York), the menus will offer classic Finnish cuisine with a modern twist and include complimentary prize-winning wines.... Read More

VistaJet Forms a Larger Global Presence with Exclusive Wheels Up Partnership

Sep 23, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

Earlier in the month VistaJet announced their new partnership with Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company, to offer VistaJet’s Flight Solutions Program (FSP) in the United States beginning in March 2014.... Read More

The Early Air Way Introduces Jet Hedging Program to Enhance Private Flying

Sep 19, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Last month, private jet charter firm The Early Air Way rolled out its new Jet Hedging program. The objective is to enhance the private jet travel experience for subscribers of jet card and fractional ownership programs.... Read More

Norwegian Air Announces New Routes Connecting Scandinavia with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando

Sep 18, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (the second largest airline in Scandinavia) announced the launch of new routes via their 787 Dreamliner to Los Angeles, Oakland-San Francisco and Orlando beginning in spring 2014.... Read More

Emirates Airline Announces New Private Jet Service from Dubai

Sep 17, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Citing an increase in business from the Middle East, India, Russia, and China, Emirates Airline announced it is now accepting bookings for a new luxury private jet service operating from Dubai. Passengers can fly from Dubai to nearly anywhere in the world on an Airbus 319 super luxury jet, which seats up to 19.... Read More

Wow Friends With Your Personal Challenger 604 Jet

Aug 28, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

The Bombardier Challenger 604 is a versatile and roomy twin engine jet platform with the power and speed suited for either transcontinental or intercontinental operations. Known for its wide body and providing plenty of legroom for up to 12 passengers, the 604 is great for any business executive looking to get things done in comfort while en-route to their next destination.... Read More

Qatar Airways One Step Closer to In-Flight Restaurants

Aug 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

We live in an amenity-rich time now, where flying through the sky simply isn't enough anymore. What used to fill people with wonder and excitement back in the Golden Age of Flight, just doesn't impress now. It's simple, we want more. With many airlines already offering a variety of wine and gourmet food, it seems only a matter of time before actual restaurants are incorporated.... Read More

Fly on Your Terms with Private Jet Preferences Offered Exclusively by Delta

Aug 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There are countless private jet companies that promise you a relaxing flight, but more often than not, saddle you with extra fees and surprise charges. To compete, Delta offers its own private jet service that guarantees you luxury in-air service at reasonable — and upfront — prices.... Read More

Sign Up for TSA Precheck and Skip Security at the Airport

Aug 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph  |  1 Comment

Let's face it: unless you're traveling on a private jet, flying can be a pain. The Transportation Security Administration always seems to be adding new and seemingly illogical security measures that appear to do little but make our lives more difficult. But don't think that the TSA has closed its ears to our concerns altogether.... Read More

Delta and USHG Launch New Express Meal Options for NYC to London Flights

Aug 15, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  3 Comments

Delta Air Lines is launching a partnership with Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) to enrich the dining and in-flight experience for its passengers. With the guidance of the USHG, Delta is planning to offer regionally tailored, chef-driven menus on future flights.... Read More

Emirates Transforms Huge 124-Seater Into a Private Jet

Aug 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  4 Comments

According to Business Insider, airline Emirates has transformed one of their 124-seat commercial aircraft into a luxury private jet. Designed to now carry only 19 passengers, the Airbus A319 will not only be roomy, it also promises to treat you in a manner that exceeds first class expectations.... Read More

Saker Aircraft Wants to Sell You Your Own Fighter Jet

Aug 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph  |  1 Comment

Having your own personal jet is perhaps the ultimate mark of affluence, but some wealthy aviation enthusiasts aren't satisfied owning just any passenger jet — they want a fighter jet. And there are those who do exactly that, buying decommissioned military aircraft like F-4 Phantoms or MiG-15s and using them for their own personal enjoyment.... Read More

BMW DesignworksUSA Creates New First Class Cabins for Singapore Airlines

Jul 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Singapore Airlines has a reputation for offering some of the finest First Class accommodations in the world. But it didn't get there by cutting corners, and it is intent on maintaining the standard the Asian airlines set for itself. So to redesign the first class cabins on its 777s, Singapore Airlines teamed up with BMW DesignworksUSA. And with good reason.... Read More

First Airbus ACJ321 Private Jet Delivered to Owner

Jul 2, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

The latest private jet by Airbus, the ACJ321, was delivered reports business aviation news website, Blue Sky. Comlux, a private-aviation firm, is the first customer to take physical ownership of the deluxe aircraft. The private jet is currently being fitted with a VVIP cabin and is expected to be up and running in 2014. With its stretched fuselage, the ACJ321 is the longest private jet in the industry.... Read More

ICON Aircraft Announces $60M Investment Capital for Production Surge

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created the new Sport Pilot license and Light Sport Aircraft categories in 2004, making flying more accessible and affordable for everyone, ICON Aircraft was formed with the intent to "reinvent flying." Focusing on the consumer experience, the company wanted to combine fantastic engineering with unique product design to create fun sport planes meant to be functional and beautiful.... Read More

Air New Zealand Offers the Explorer Pass to Boost Travel

Jun 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Air New Zealand is offering residents of the USA and Canada a new Explorer Pass, which is meant to make trip planning to the South Pacific a whole lot easier. With 27 New Zealand destinations, seven in Australia and nine destination in the South Pacific islands (including Tahiti, The Cook Islands and Fiji), the Explorer Pass is sure to be a popular choice among seasoned travelers.... Read More

Air New Zealand Can Expect New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Early 2014

Jun 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

According to Australian News, Boeing is in the process of building a new 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be a much longer version of their older 787, for their first launch customer Air New Zealand. The updated aircraft will be able to accommodate 250 to 290 passengers (40 more than the 787) and will be using 20 percent less fuel than other planes of similar size.... Read More

Jet Art Group Makes Masterpiece Using $10 Million Learjet Engine "Paintbrush"

May 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

In celebration of the pioneering aviation company’s 50th anniversary, Flexjet has partnered with New York-based Jet Art Group to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using a Learjet engine as a $10 million dollar "paintbrush."... Read More

Upgrades and Perks to Expect From New American Airlines Merger

May 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  2 Comments

With American Airlines having recently merged with US Airways, the airline is ready to compete with major carriers like United and Delta. Fliers of AA and US Airways can expect plenty of changes coming up from the acquisition, from upgraded in-flight products and cabin seats to an increase in routes and plenty of new planes.... Read More

How Could FAA Furloughs' Impact the Private Jet Industry?

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Anthony Newcombe

How would the U.S. business traveler have been affected by the nearly full implementation of mass air traffic controller furloughs? Do you think we in the private jet business had some concerns over the recent prospect of these FAA furloughs? You bet we did.... Read More

Virgin America Welcomes Your Beloved Pooch With an All-Pet Cabin

May 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

If you're the type of person who dresses your pooch up to match your outfits, Virgin America may be the airline for you. On April 1 the carrier unveiled their newest class of service, Main Canine Select, which will be available on domestic flights — the adding the news to their recently introduced flirting service... Read More

Free Business Class Upgrades Are Coming to an End, Seats Now Going to Auction

May 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Many people buy economy plane tickets in hopes that once they get to the departure gate they can upgrade for free into an unclaimed business class seat. This possibility looks to be on the decline though thanks to various airlines around the world which are now launching online upgrade auctions, enabling economy fliers to engage in a blind bid for business class seats days before their flight. Not only does this move make the airlines some extra cash, it opens up business class seats to a much wider array of people, basically eliminating the possibility of a lucky free upgrade at the gate.... Read More

US Airways Upgrading International Travel Experience

Apr 29, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

US Airways is making improvements with various in-flight enhancements to make traveling internationally more comfortable and convenient. The revised amenity package begins on May 1, according to the commercial airliner.... Read More

Get Lucky on Virgin America: Mile-High Flirting Made Easy Thanks to Sir Richard Branson

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Have you ever been in a bar with some friends and been sent a random drink from a stranger across the room? Even if you're not interested in the sender (maybe he has a face tattoo ? la Mike Tyson), it can be nice to be noticed and you have the option of getting out of there if things get weird. Now imagine that same situation while 35,000 feet in the air because Virgin America is taking meet cutes (those absurdly adorable movie moments where lovers meet for the first time) to a whole new level — let's just hope you like the attention because you can't exactly hop off the flight as you could leave a bar.... Read More

Flight Options' Jet Membership Club Signs 100th Member

Apr 16, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Private-aviation firm Flight Options, LLC, reports that it has reached the 100-member milestone in its Jet Membership Club program within a year of its launch. The company also announced the addition of a Nextant 400XT business jet to its program, which already includes the Embraer Phenom 300, giving members of the club more to choose from.... Read More

First Nextant 400XT Business Jet Delivered in Switzerland

Mar 21, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

TAG Aviation is the first private aviation company in Switzerland to acquire a Nextant 400XT airplane. The new business jet was delivered earlier this month and is the third aircraft delivered to the European market by Nextant Aerospace — the Nextant 400XT is the only re-manufactured business jet made worldwide. TAG Aviation is a multifaceted private-aviation firm that operates several jet-chartering services, a maintenance facility, and aircraft management services. ... Read More

Luxury Brands Elevate In-Flight Perks for Preferred Passengers

Mar 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Snagging a pair of headphones from a long flight can be fun, but receiving a custom case full of name brand amenities sure is better. More and more leading airlines are hoping to relieve the stress of long flights by offering up goods by luxury brands to their business and first class customers.... Read More

Magellan Jets Opens U.S. Destinations to Russia with Private Jet Charters

Mar 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  2 Comments

Affluent travelers now have even more options for flying to and within the United States, because one of the world leaders in private aviation is expanding to the Russian market. Customers flying from Russia now have access to luxury private jets thanks to the partnership of aviation company, Magellan Jets with Russian Service Bureau (RSB Travel).... Read More

Flexjet Honored With 14th Consecutive Diamond Award of Excellence

Feb 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

We hear that flying is supposedly safer than other forms of travel, such as driving and rail — try telling that to your shaking legs at 20,000 feet though. Whether you are flying commercial or on a luxury private jet, flying jitters can overcome even the best of us. One thing an aviation company can do to assuage fears is make sure their technicians undergo the best training possible and Flexjet has done just that. To prove their commitment to safety, the company just received its 14th consecutive Diamond Award of Excellence.... Read More

Founder of JetWay Private Air Talks Future of Jet Charters

Feb 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For those of us who simply don't have the time to deal with airport security and the possibility of flight delays or cancellations, flying private is the obvious choice. However, when the economy began struggling many people who once flew private had to sacrifice their comfort and take their shoes off at the metal detector to save the extra bucks. Chet Dudzik, President and Founder of JetWay Private Air, decided to start his own full service charter company that brought private flights to the masses at nearly half the cost of competitors, riding the new trend wave of luxury travelers concerned with value.... Read More

XOJET Expands Fleet With New Alliance

Feb 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

One way for a company to enlarge their assets is to join forces with another — simple addition, right? For private jet charters, clients who entrust their services to XOJET should be pleased with the news that they are forming a new alliance with Travel Management Company (TMC). This collaboration will double the XOJET fleet of light and mid-size jets, giving those booking charters even more options to satisfy their travel needs.... Read More

Virgin Atlantic Partners with British Artist for Gallery in the Air

Jan 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Art-lovers travelling from London to New York are being invited to take part in a brand new way of acquiring fine art – purchasing it from a commercial gallery at 35,000 feet. Upper Class passengers on Virgin Atlantic will have the opportunity to view and purchase a series of one-of-a-kind paintings by renowned British artist, Ben Eine, all from the comfort of their seat.... Read More

Fly Private With Magellan Jets for the Super Bowl and Receive Special Event Access

Jan 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

This year the Super Bowl will be held in the famously exhilarating city of New Orleans, and we for one can’t think of a better reason to round up your friends and swing over to the Big Easy for a round or two. If you are already planning to attend the game then don’t forget to book your private jet early because the moment it is announced who will be playing in this year’s Super Bowl is the moment the rush begins.... Read More

Breaking the Sound Barrier at the 2013 Air Shows

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Aerial performances can be pretty exhilarating, hearkening spectators back to an era when flight technology was innovative and promised a bright future. Even if you don’t own a personal plane, just being present to watch the spectacular aircraft can make you feel as if you were ruler of the skies. These powerful planes come and go in the blink of an eye, so don’t miss them with this schedule of 2013 air shows.... Read More

American Airlines Flies Forward with a Brand New Look

Jan 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

At the cruising altitude of 34,000 feet, a shiny coat of paint might not do much to allay the fear of flying, but it improves the look of an airline nonetheless. After more than 40 years of operating under the same logo, American Airlines is sprucing up their fleet with an infusion of modernity and youth. Having ordered 500 new lighter planes as part of their effort to build one of the youngest fleets in the industry, this year will see the arrival of 60 of these, with the Flagship Boeing 777-300ER set to fly on January 31.... Read More

Just How Far Do Private Jets Fly?

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Flying in a private jet sounds amazing; not only do you get to avoid airport hassles, you also get to know that you're flying in a way most people never will. While you probably already know what kind of companies are out there and how the programs work, you may not know what size jet is the best choice for your specific trip. After all, a jetsetter who flies from country to country has different needs than a businessman who just needs a quick way to get around.... Read More

Executive Helicopter Charter Adds Sikorsky S-76 to Fleet

Jan 7, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

A full-service helicopter operator offering on-demand, luxury charters, has added a Sikorsky S-76 to its fleet. The S-76 seats up to eight passengers in posh style. HeliFlite, a multifaceted aviation outfit, has seven helicopters with four Bell 430 and three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. The purchase is the second of the model by the firm in 2012.... Read More

Aeroméxico Adds Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Fleet

Jan 2, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Aeroméxico confirmed its order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Based upon the published list of the aircraft, the finalized deal is valued at more than $1.2 billion. The Mexican commercial airline also holds a reconfirmation status on four additional Dreamliners.... Read More

 
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