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easyJet Breaks World Record With In-Air Bard Performance to Make National Shakespeare Day a Reality

Apr 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (and maybe death) was Wednesday, meaning people all over the world scrambled to dust off their copies of Hamlet so they could show off their Bard knowledge to unsuspecting victims. And yes, we know that there's a general haze around Shakes' exact day of birth and death, but let's just go with it. To celebrate the playwright's 450th birthday, easyJet decided to do things a little differently by putting on a Guinness World Record performance of an abridged version of his most famous works for lucky customers on a flight to Italy. 

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The New $22.95M Rolls-Royce Powered Cessna Citation X is the "World's Fastest" Private Jet

Apr 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

For many years Gulfstream has dominated the private jet market, but that’s set to change when the first new Cessna Citation X is delivered later this year. Priced at $22.95 million, the plane has been certified by the FAA at mach 0.935 or 617 mph, officially making it the "world’s fastest civilian aircraft" — a title that up until now has been held by the Gulfstream G650.

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LAN Airlines Announces Master Sommelier-Chosen 2014 Wine List

Mar 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Every year, LAN Airlines goes through an extensive wine selection process that whittles down the varietals that will be offered for Premium Business Class flyers. After due diligence and some tough choices between 300 different wines from around Chili and Argentina, the list of 30 has been finalized for 2014 by LAN Airlines' expert wine panel, including the company's Master Sommelier, Hector Vergara.

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Qatar Airways Says Goodbye to Economy With All-Business Class Airbus A319

Feb 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Starting on May 15, Qatar Airways is making some serious changes to their offerings by launching daily, all-business class flights from their hub in Doha to London Heathrow. Eliminating the other classes typically on a flight, their Airbus A319 will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, according to Qatar, and will be full of roomy luxury seats and upscale service. 

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Virgin Atlantic Personalizes Upper Class Service With Google Glass in Heathrow Airport

Feb 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Passengers making their way through Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class Wing in Heathrow Airport should notice a visible change to the concierge staff. The airline is launching a pilot program to offer highly personalized service by having the staff wear Google Glass devices.

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Private Jets Fight Over Precious Teterboro Airport Space for Super Bowl XLVIII

Jan 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Super Bowl is fast approaching, with fans scrambling to get themselves the best seats they can find for the big Denver Broncos vs the Seattle Seahawks game. Fans aren't the only ones engaged in a competition over the NFL event though, private aviation companies have found themselves competing for luxury clients and airspace to jet people to and from the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2.

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Air China Adds Fine Wines to Long-Haul Flights for First-Class Passengers

Jan 7, 2014  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Commercial airliner Air China will add fine wine to its first-class menu for passengers on long-haul flights. The announcement of the new level of service was made in Burgundy, France during the world's oldest charity wine auction, Hospices de Beaune — a specialty event that first began in 1859. 

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Fly From NYC to London in 3 Hours Courtesy of $80M Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet

Jan 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

If you're bored with your private jet, try kicking it up a notch with a supersonic version. For $80M you can get to that corporate meeting in half the time your traditional jet will get you there (at around Mach 1.6, which is around 1,060mph), all thanks to the start-up company Spike Aerospace.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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."

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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.

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