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  • 0 Private Jet Companies and Airlines Know How to Profit From the Eclipse

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    Transport, Airlines Private Jet Companies and Airlines Know How to Profit From the Eclipse Thomas Black, Bloomberg   - Aug 19, 2017 12:00 pm     Skift Take We doubt the eclipse 99 years ago had such a commericial bent. But, hey, why shouldn’t aviation businesses try to profit from a natural phenomenon? — Brian Sumers   SHARE   Tweet   Share   Post   Send For the well-heeled looking for a last-minute plan to see next week’s solar eclipse, a U.S. private-jet operator is offering an option for $10,000 a seat. Million Air is whisking customers to remote airports where the moon will totally block the sun’s rays for a time on Aug. 21. Passengers will watch from lawn chairs near the wings of the plane while an astronomer offers expert commentary and views of solar flares through a telescope. “Our idea is that, instead of tailgating at a ballgame, we’re going to wing-gate under the path of total eclipse,” said Roger Woolsey, chief executive officer of the Houston-based company. “We’ll load the jet up like a pickup truck, with the picnic baskets and the Dom Perignon and the snacks.” The Skift Daily newsletter puts you ahead of everyone about the future of travel, subscribe.   Daily   Weekly   Business of Loyalty   Meetings Innovation   Corporate Travel   New Luxury   Chefs+Tech      The flights reflect the solar show’s bonanza for private-plane operators, which is on a par with major holidays and sporting events. The Federal Aviation Administration is putting up temporary air-traffic control centers in Oregon, where the total eclipse will begin over the U.S. as it sweeps toward South Carolina along a 70-mile band. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a hot location for the luxury-jet set that’s in the path, is out of aircraft parking spots. ‘SUPER BOWL’ “The magnitude has a Super Bowl feel,” said Brad Stewart, CEO of XOJet, which owns a fleet of 41 aircraft. “The idea of the eclipse has captured the imagination.” The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, a phenomenon that last occurred 99 years ago, is giving an extra boost to a private-jet charter industry that already enjoyed a 6.7 percent increase in charter activity in July from a year earlier. XOJet, based in Brisbane, California, will handle about 60 flights to eclipse areas, Stewart said. At Jet Linx, bookings to see the eclipse began a couple of months ago after a customer broached the idea, Chief Executive Officer Jamie Walker, said. Now the Omaha, Nebraska-based company has 16 flights planned. The average cost to rent out a light jet is about $4,000 an hour and $8,000 for a heavy jet such as a Gulfstream 450, Walker said. NetJets, the private-jet company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has about 500 bookings to and from the eclipse zones. That puts demand on par with the busiest holiday times around Thanksgiving and Christmas, Kristyn Wilson, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email. “We do, on occasion, experience peaks related to popular events. But demand of this nature, especially on a Monday in August, is truly out of this world,” she quipped. ‘COSMIC COCKTAILS’ Commercial carriers are also getting into the mix. Alaska Air Group Inc. is operating a charter flight that takes off from Portland, Oregon, for select astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers. Southwest Airlines Co. is providing special viewing glasses and offering “cosmic cocktails” on flights most likely to experience the eclipse’s maximum effects. Pilots flying during the event will have to keep an eye out for about 100 high-altitude balloons that students in coordination with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will launch to capture live footage of the eclipse, the FAA said. People outside the path of totality will still be able to see dramatic partial eclipses with no help from private-jet operators charging thousands of dollars. But the fever to pack up the family and fly off to a place in the path of complete darkness has been increasing as the natural phenomenon nears, said Ron Silverman, U.S. president for VistaJet in New York. “The biggest challenge right now is finding an airport that we can get into,” Silverman said. ©2017 Bloomberg L.P. This article was written by Thomas Black from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to         Tags: alaska airlines, netjets, private jets, southwest airlines Follow this Storyline   Photo Credit: Brisbane, California-based XoJet will handle about 60 flights to solar eclipse areas, the company said. It is one of many private jet companies and airlines profiting from the eclipse. XOJet  

  • 0 Wellness Travel to Grow 37% Over the Next 3 Years

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      Running Your Business   Stats: Wellness Travel to Grow 37 Percent Over Next Three Years by Newsdesk |  Jul 25, 2017 10:45am Photo by anyaberkut/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint As the world’s ideas of wealth and status change, travelers’ ideas of luxury are changing to match, according to a new report from Sabre Hospitality Solutions. High-end travelers increasingly choose subtle indulgence over flashy logos and conspicuous consumption. And they’re gravitating toward travel that enables them to live out their personal values and fulfill their dreams through exclusive experiences. In this new landscape, “luxury travel” can mean flying by helicopter to a remote desert peak for an exclusive yoga class. Or, it could mean passing up the comfort of a resort stay for a once-in-a-lifetime dive to the wreck of the Titanic – a “vacation” that requires specialized training in addition to the ultra-premium price. A newly-released report, The Future of Luxury Travel, by Sabre in collaboration with TrendWatching reveals five key areas impacting how customers will choose luxury accommodations and experiences in the years ahead. “The evolution of high-end travel is creating a marketplace where ‘luxury’ is defined by the most exclusive, unique experiences that reside at the intersection of affluence and access,” said Sarah Kennedy Ellis, vice president of global marketing and digital experience at Sabre, in a written release. “We see guests moving beyond traditional ideas of status and embracing highly-bespoke travel opportunities that focus more on the individual traveler’s personality and values and less about expressing opulence.” The five key trends are: Luxury drives growth in wellness tourism: According to figures from the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness tourism segment is expected to grow by over 37 percent to USD $808 billion over the next three years. A major driver of this growth will be luxury travelers looking for opportunities to better themselves. Those trips could include rare and highly-shareable moments like the exclusive Museum Workout at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – a 45-minute exercise session and tour held before the gallery opens to the general public. Low-key luxury: Increasingly, luxury travelers identify themselves as “post-status” – choosing subtle indulgence over prominent logos and showy opulence. The “no-frills chic” phenomenon sees travelers choosing travel that contrasts with traditional luxury – which, itself, is a new way of showing off one’s status by defying convention. Indulgence without guilt: Another factor driving consumer choice is a desire for guilt-free luxury. The Future of Luxury Travel report cites examples of emerging high-end products and services whose selling points include positive environmental or social impact. From ice cream made from fruit that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill, to lab-grown gems that offer an ethical alternative to diamond mining, wealthy consumers are choosing luxury products that help make the world a better place. Extravagance on demand: While on-demand services have always been a part of the luxury experience, a new wave of startups – from laundry services to taxis to manicures – have made on-demand products available to the masses. This trend is pushing luxury consumers to take their on-demand mindset to new heights, moving from on-demand functionality and towards on-demand extravagance. Bespoke = Brilliant: Customized and co-created experiences help luxury travelers tell cachet-building stories, but, increasingly, luxury travelers are looking to construct experiences that align with their unique interests, needs and values, eschewing a “one size fits all” approach. Source: Sabre

  • 0 Top Luxury Travel Offerings for 2017

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        Top luxury travel offerings of 2017 for the privileged few Chris Dwyer, CNN • Updated 24th July 2017 FacebookTwitterEmail (CNN) — When money is no object, luxury travel can offer extraordinary experiences. The recent International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), held in Shanghai, featured some of the most extravagant opportunities to gain bragging rights for the privileged few. Whether it's a private cinema screening in the wilderness of Mongolia, a package to catch the US Open tennis final or time kicking back in the largest suite on any cruise ship, the sky really is the limit when it comes to big buck breaks. Here are some of the destinations and experiences that ILTM had on offer: 1. Laucala, Fiji Laucala Island is a private paradise featuring 25 villas in an idyllic tropical setting. Sand-between-the-toes experiences rarely get much more exclusive than the private 4.6-square-mile Laucala Island in the South Pacific nation of Fiji. On arrival -- via the island's own airport, naturally -- guests get to choose from 25 villas with private pools overlooking perfect white sand beaches and azure water. Coconut plantations and jungle help ensure total privacy and explain why the co-owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, bought the island. When guests aren't playing Robinson Crusoe, they can while away the hours in a $1.7 million DeepFlight submarine, snorkel with hawksbill turtles in breathtaking seas or maybe kick back with sustainable local produce in the Plantation House restaurant. All-inclusive rooms start from $6,000 per night. Laucala Island, Fiji; +679 888 0077 READ: 8 amazing underwater attractions 2. Magic gers, Mongolia Mongolia continues to entice adventurous travelers with one of the world's last genuine off-grid wildernesses. Staying in mobile luxury camps, known traditionally as "gers," allows visitors to roam the majestic landscape and wake up to panoramic views of the legendary Mongolian steppe grassland, mountains, sand dunes or rivers. Activities include "warrior camps" for children, where they can learn to ride horses or try their hand at archery. Stargazing with high-powered telescopes or tracking snow leopards are other options. Special dining, sauna or even cinema gers can be set up wherever guests want, affording the ultimate big-screen experience in the wilderness. By the time they wake, everything has been packed up before they move on to the next horizon. An exclusive long weekend for a couple starts from approximately $4,800 with Lightfoot Travel (+852 2815 0068). 3. Ultimate Shanghai weekend, The Peninsula, Shanghai The Peninsula's Michelin-starred Sir Elly's restaurant offers spectacular Shanghai views. A weekend package at The Peninsula, Shanghai, offers a way to experience the city in unmatched style from the hotel's historic Bund riverfront location. Getting there is a breeze as The Peninsula's legendary Rolls-Royce Phantom in signature green is available to whisk guests from the airport before they check in to the 4,300-square-foot Peninsula Suite. Seeing the city from the water adds a whole new dimension, so a Champagne Deutz afternoon tea aboard the hotel's luxury motor yacht is a highlight. As are spa treatments or dinner for two at one of the property's Michelin-starred restaurants: Sir Elly's and Yi Long Court. The weekend package in the Peninsula Suite comes in at $32,650. The Peninsula, No. 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002, China; +86 21 2327 2888 4. Wine and dine weekend, Zürich Swiss wine is one of the Alpine nation's great hidden treasures and it's often said you don't see it elsewhere because they keep the best stuff for themselves. A package at Zürich's timeless Baur Au Lac Hotel, in business for 173 years, gives guests a glimpse of what they're missing. Two nights in one of their suites comes with a candlelit dinner for two on the rooftop, with Champagne and local wines. Guests are then whisked in a Rolls-Royce to the Erich Meier vineyard where a tour of the property and dégustation of rare wines awaits. Back at the hotel, the views of Lake Zürich and the Alps are mesmerizing, while the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street is dangerously for anyone feeling the urge to splash more cash. From $6,400 per couple, staying in a suite. Hotel Baur Au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland; +41 44 220 50 20 5. US Open final experience, Baccarat Hotel, New York For sport fans, few experiences can rival a Grand Slam tennis final and that's exactly what's on the cards with the US Open men's final package through New York's Baccarat Hotel. The luxury Manhattan property, which opened in 2015, celebrates Baccarat's heritage as the legendary French crystal maker across its 114 suites, dining and entertainment options. In addition to an overnight stay for two in a Classic Suite, the experience includes a limousine to Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, September 10, VIP entry and courtside tickets along with gourmet lunch or dinner and premium bar service throughout the match. Total package for two is $12,015. Baccarat Hotel New York, 28 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, USA; +1 212 790 8800 READ: The world's best places for a destination wedding 6. World's largest cruise suite, Regent Seven Seas The Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Explorer is the largest cruise ship accommodation in the world. Want to hit the waves in style? It doesn't get bigger or grander than the 4,434-square-foot Regent Suite, the world's largest cruise ship accommodation, aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. Launched last year and costing $450 million, the ship features crystal chandeliers, Versace crockery and Murano glass ceilings. Unlimited dining, shore excursions and treatments are all included, but guests may not want to leave their suite, which is overseen by a personal butler. It includes a Steinway grand piano, a private spa and sauna and an opulent Savoir No. 1 bed, itself costing $150,000. From $10,000 per night through Regent Seven Seas. 7. The London Edition, Penthouse Suite London is hardly short on hotel options, but few can match the private apartment feel of The Penthouse at The London Edition. The terrace around the suite is landscaped and offers 360-degree views of the capital, as well as a perfect spot for aperitifs. A personal dining room seats 12 and features cuisine from chef Jason Atherton's renowned Berners Tavern restaurant, itself part of the Edition Hotel. The party can continue long into the night, or alternatively London's vibrant Soho district is literally on the doorstep with no shortage of options. Room only from £4,995 per night. The London Edition, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP, UK; +44 020 7781 0000 READ: Fantastic luxury travel offerings in 2015 | And in 2016 8. Time + Tide Miavana, Madagascar The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is one of the planet's true biodiversity hotspots and a new property called Time + Tide Miavana, the country's first five-star lodge, allows visitors to explore it in unmatched style. Comprising just 14 villas along the white beach in the wonderfully named settlement of Nosy Ankao, visitors can wander and spot no fewer than four different species of turtles amidst a sanctuary for threatened marine species. Back on land, the endemic lemur species is another draw, as are chopper flights over pristine landscapes. The lodge also works on sustainability projects supporting hundreds in the local community. From $5,000 per night. Time + Tide Miavana Island Sanctuary, Nosy Ankao, Madagascar Guests of Time + Tide can visit no fewer than four different turtles species as well as the endemic lemur species. 9. JW Marriott Emerald Bay Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam Phu Quoc, an island off the southwestern coast of Vietnam, is gaining a reputation as one of Asia's hottest beach destinations. JW Marriott's new Emerald Bay Resort features a number of villas, but none as eye-catching -- or expensive -- as Lamarck House. The four-bedroom seafront villa, designed by Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, takes opulence to new levels, with Asia's longest villa infinity pool at 50 meters and an outdoor massage pavilion. If you can pull yourself away from the massage table, your private chef can whip up dinner or you can pick from one of five restaurants with global cuisines. Lamarck House starts at $10,000 per night. JW Marriott Emerald Bay Resort, Bai Khem, Phu Quoc District An Thoi Town, Vietnam; +84 297 377 9999 READ: Phuket's best pool villas and suites 10. Helicopter over the Adriatic, Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro Aman Sveti Stefan is a private resort on a 15th-century fortified islet off Montenegro. Montenegro only voted for independence in 2006 so it may be an unfamiliar destination to some, but its dramatic mountain landscapes and emerald waters on the Adriatic coastline are changing that. "Sveti Stefan" -- "Saint Stephen" -- is a small island housing a fortified village dating from the 15th century, linked to the coast by a narrow causeway. Today the entire island and village is home to The Aman, an understated but luxury resort favored by celebrities, including tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, who was married there. The ultimate way to arrive is via helicopter from Dubrovnik in Croatia, a 40-minute journey down the breathtaking coast. The Sveti Stefan Suite is about $5,750 per night, while the Dubrovnik to Aman helicopter is around $1,900 per person. Aman Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan, 85315 Montenegro; +382 33 420 000 READ: 20 best things to do and see in Montenegro 11. Fairmont Penthouse Suite, San Francisco For anyone looking for a Penthouse Suite to seriously party, the 6,000 square feet across the entire eighth floor of the historic Fairmont San Francisco should do the job. Guests not only get three bedrooms, a living room and a dining room, but also a two-level library, a billiards room and a vast terrace overlooking San Francisco. The kitchen is fully stocked and staffed, while a butler is on hand to ensure that no request goes unfulfilled. Former suite residents include JFK, Mick Jagger and Marlene Dietrich. From $18,000 per night. Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, USA; + 1 415 772 5000 Chris Dwyer is a Hong Kong-based travel and food writer and communications consultant. Follow him on Twitter at @chrismdwyer or visit

  • 0 The Best FBOS

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        FLYING THE BEST FBOS CURT EPSTEIN  |  JULY 2017   About 3,400 FBOs operate at U.S. airports, delivering essential business aviation services such as fueling, deicing, aircraft maintenance, and shelter, and providing comfortable waiting areas for passengers and crew. To determine which of those locations offer the best overall experiences, BJT’s sister publication, Aviation International News, has conducted an annual survey since 1981, polling a select subset of its readership, including pilots, flight schedulers, and dispatchers—those who can knowledgeably evaluate FBOs. While in the past, AIN’s survey invited these readers to rate locations only during certain months, the magazine now allows them to evaluate FBOs year-round. That allows respondents to keep their observations up to date, with their latest rating of a location replacing their previous one. Another change in this latest survey: rather than base results on just a current round of voting, AINnow compiles average scores based on responses from the last four years. The survey asks respondents to rate facilities they’ve used over the past 12 months on a scale of 1 to 5 in the following categories: Line service: competence and professionalism of the workers who meet the airplane on the ramp and service it.Passenger amenities: quality of lounges and conference rooms, as well as the availability of ground transportation.Pilot amenities: availability and quality of pilots’ lounges, flight-planning facilities, snooze rooms, crew showers, entertainment, and recreation offerings and complimentary crew cars.Facilities: cleanliness, comfort, upkeep, and convenience of the location.Customer service: professionalism of customer-service desk representatives, their familiarity with the local area, and their assistance with reservations and catering arrangements. With an average score of 4.75, the highest-rated FBO in the Americas this year is the Sheltair location (formerly Tampa International Jet Center) at Florida’s Tampa International Airport, which the Florida-based chain purchased a year ago. The perennially high-rated facility earned the best score this year for passenger amenities (4.75) and shared top honors for pilot amenities (4.73). The 20-acre facility is open 24/7 and encompasses a 12,000-square-foot, two-story terminal with atrium lobby, a street-side customer canopy at the front entrance, and on the airside, a 12,500-square-foot arrival/departures canopy to shelter aircraft and guests from the heat and rain. Other features include a passenger lounge overlooking the ramp, a pair of A/V-equipped conference rooms, complimentary refreshments, and a courtesy shuttle to hotels. The airport’s U.S. Customs facility is adjacent to the ramp, providing easy international flight clearance.   While in the past, AIN’s survey invited these readers to rate locations only during certain months, the magazine now allows them to evaluate FBOs year-round.   On AIN’s list of leading FBOs outside the Americas, nine of the top 10 are in Europe. (The exception is MJets in Bangkok, Thailand.) London-area facilities occupy the three top slots, with Farnborough Airport’s TAG Aviation at No. 1, a position it has held for more than a decade. “The key difference is that we are the only [UK] airport dedicated solely to business aviation,” says TAG Farnborough Airport CEO Brandon O’Reilly. “The ownership of the airport and the operation of the FBO are concentrated in one operation so there is no compromise on the service.” Recent upgrades at the FBO include a high-capacity lounge on the top floor of the three-story, 52,000-square-foot terminal to accommodate large groups such as sports teams and rock bands and a fully equipped gym for visiting pilots. The location features more than 329,000 square feet of hangar space, an on-airport luxury hotel, and a pub.     To read BJT's list of top-rated FBOs or AIN's expanded report, click on one of the links below.

  • 0 United Accidentally Sends Rapper's Dog on Wrong Flight

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      United Airlines accidentally sent a rapper’s dog on the wrong flight     By Kristine Phillips July 16  United Airlines has faced several public relations headaches since April. (Louis Nastro/Reuters) Rapper ScHoolboy Q said United Airlines mistakenly sent his dog on the wrong plane and to the wrong city. The rapper, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, told CNN that he was traveling with his dog, Yeeerndamean, from Missouri to Southern California, with a layover in Denver. But after he arrived in Burbank, north of Los Angeles, he realized that the airline had switched his dog with someone else’s during the layover. Yeeerndamean was more than 2,000 miles away, in Chicago. In a text message to CNN, ScHoolboy Q said he worried that his dog was trapped in his cage, unable to go to the bathroom. He added that he plans on suing. The Washington Post was unable to reach ScHoolboy Q or his representative Sunday, but he criticized the airline in a tweet Friday evening:    Follow ScHoolboy Q    ✔@ScHoolboyQ You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers 7:36 PM - 14 Jul 2017        85,86185,861 Retweets      257,679257,679 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy     It’s unclear how exactly the mix-up happened during the layover. In a statement verifying the incident, a United spokeswoman said: “Our customer’s dog was safely reunited with its owner Friday evening. We have been in touch with our customer to sincerely apologize for this mistake and are providing a refund.” The spokeswoman did not respond to follow-up questions from The Post. This is not the first time that United became the subject of complaints from its customers. The airline has been embroiled in at least one incident reported in the media every month since April. What is likely to be the biggest public relations headache for United this year involves now-viral videos showing a 69-year-old passenger, with blood coming out of his mouth, getting dragged off a flight after he refused to give up his seat for a crew member. The April incident resulted in a series of apologies from United’s chief executive, Oscar Munoz, to the passenger, David Dao. Dao’s lawyers later said they have reached an “amicable” settlement with United. [A man wouldn’t leave an overbooked United flight. So he was dragged off, battered and limp.] Still reeling from that debacle, United Airlines was accused later that month of forcing a couple out of their flight while on their way to their own wedding. A United spokeswoman said the couple “repeatedly attempted” to sit in upgraded seating they didn’t pay for. In May, an emergency room nurse with an overactive bladder said flight attendants prevented her from using the bathroom and forced her to pee in a cup during a Mesa Airlines flight from Houston to Kansas City, The Post reported. Mesa Airlines is a regional carrier operating as United Express. A spokeswoman acknowledged that the passenger did urinate in a cup but said it was her decision to do so. The passenger tried to use the lavatory after the plane had already begun its landing and was told to remain seated, the spokeswoman said. [United booted a couple traveling to their wedding, just days after public relations fiasco] The following month, United apologized after a 2-year-old video of an employee pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the floor during an argument over a ticket surfaced, The Post reported. The video is the subject of lawsuit filed in June. And most recently, less than two weeks ago, a mother was forced to give up her 2-year-old son’s seat and hold the child throughout the flight after an adult passenger somehow ended up with the same seat number as the toddler, The Post reported. A United spokeswoman said the boy’s boarding pass was improperly scanned and because the toddler wasn’t logged in to the system, his seat was given to a standby passenger. Must Reads 5 stories you can't afford to miss, every Saturday.   Avi Selk, Peter Holley and Samantha Schmidt contributed to this report.

  • 0 Private Jet Boom in India!

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        Private jet industry takes off in India Alisha Patel, CNN • Published 12th July 2017 FacebookTwitterEmail (CNN) — The Indian private jet industry is the latest playground for the country's wealthiest. Billions of dollars worth of new private aircraft have entered India over the past 10 years -- making it the ninth largest in the world, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). By 2026, it's expected to overtake the UK to become the third largest in the world. "The surge will take India from 18th globally (in terms of private jet numbers) to fourth. Intriguingly, the country boasts almost double (111) the amount of private jets than China, even though China has many more billionaires," writes William Stolerman at Luxury Insider, Asia's leading online luxury magazine. "Leading the private aviation revolution are the likes of the Ambani brothers, the Tatas, the Ruias' Essar Group, TVS, KP Singh's DLF, Gautam Thapar, the Jindals and Cyrus Poonawala." Luxury jets whisk VIPs to their destinations in flying palaces Meeting with Gulfstream Can't go in the cockpit? What rubbish, I own it. We meet Gulfstream, North American manufacturers of some of the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircrafts, on their recent visit to Mumbai. We imagine they know their game, since the United States accounts for over 50% of the global market at the moment and they have a 200-order backlog for the G650, Gulfstream's new flagship aircraft. In their briefcases, they're carrying information on eight models for sale in India. They begin with the mid-size, wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150, at approximately $1.1 million (Rs 71 crore), and go all the way to the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 -- the fastest, longest-range and largest purpose-built private aircraft in the world. Base price tag? Around $45 million (Rs 298 crore). Big deal. Those are digits Shah Rukh can generate in two films. Reliance Big Pictures is rumored to have bought the rights to SRK's "Don 2" for around $19.5 millon (Rs 125 crore), and there's talk that Eros International is buying Khan's home-production "Ra.One" for $27 million (Rs 175 crore). Add that together. $46.6 million (Rs 300 crore) is also about the amount telecaster Doordarshan will earn from ad sales in the 12 days of the Commonwealth Games telecast next week. There's money in India, and Gulfstream's fleet of business jets hopes to cater to every price point and mission requirement from 2,950 to 7,000 nautical miles. The G650 is the only traditional business jet capable of flying 7,000 nautical miles nonstop at a speed of Mach 0.995. The G550 is also a favorite with the "I'm kind of a big deal" corporate sorts, because it can accommodate 14 to 18 passengers, depending on the configuration. Design choices, contrary to what you would imagine, are various. Leather, fabrics, wood veneers, metallic finishes, as well as crystal, china and flatware -- at no extra cost. Customers have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the cabin layout as well. For example, they can choose whether to have the galley placed forward or aft; or whether to have a private stateroom in the back. Stateroom, did you say? Gulfstream takes the long view with latest luxury jet What more could you ask for? Pleasure doing business with me. A high-definition flat-screen television? Yes. Fully berthable seats? Yes. Internet access? Yes. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)? Yes. Noise-cancelling headphones for each passenger seat? Yes. Touch-screen remote controls? Yes. A fully-functioning galley where you can make hot food? Yes, yes, yes. I could get used to this. Easy now, buying your own jet isn't all glamor. As well as asking yourself a couple of serious questions such as whether you'll use the aircraft enough to justify the investment, how many people will be traveling with you on most occasions and what the operational expenses will be (insurance, fuel costs, maintenance, airport fees and pilot fees, for example), you need to think about a couple of caveats too, advises Gulfstream. If you want a shower, you'll have to sacrifice some range and speed because your aircraft will be carrying gallons of water (which weigh a lot). Also, as a rule of thumb, all the materials selected have to be certified as both smoke- and fire-retardant, a critical safety must. Finally, private jets must receive regular inspections and maintenance to ensure their continued airworthiness. Unlike an automobile, where much of the maintenance is optional, an aircraft operator must adhere to the outlined maintenance schedule in order to maintain the aircraft's certificate of airworthiness. World's slickest new biz jets unveiled at Singapore Airshow Yeah, yeah ... where do I sign? Your boardroom in the sky. You're interested. Now how do you go about sealing the deal? You need not have the full payment ready right away but you will have to demonstrate commitment with a deposit when you initially sign the purchase agreement. This is where things get serious: the agreement outlines the model of aircraft you purchased, the equipment you want, the delivery time frame and the terms of prepayment. For Gulfstream customers, delivery is generally taken at the headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, or one of their other completion centers, such as Appleton, Wisconsin or Long Beach, California. The company will get your plane where it needs to be and give you all the support you need. You'll be connected with the worldwide Product Support network to help you wherever you may fly. Gulfstream will even send a captain and technician along with the customer during his first few days of operation to ensure a seamless transition. Gulfstream Regional Vice President Jason Akovenko, who is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, has seen sales shift from 60% North American to 60% international in the last few years, with much of the shift toward Asian markets. The growth of private aviation in India, Akovenko thinks, can be linked to various trends including "India's dynamic business culture, increasing global business linkages including Indian acquisitions abroad, and recognition in government and industry that aviation helps foster economic growth." This is symbolic of a huge shift in the mindset of corporate India. What was once seen as an aspirational luxury of the highest kind will increasingly be viewed simply as the cost of doing business at an international level. Private jet rentals: When you need one in a jiffy Editor's note: This article was previously published in 2010. It was reformatted, updated and republished in 2017.

  • 0 Experience Flying Like Never Before

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    Now you can soar over the dunes in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, just as Orville and Wilbur did more than a century ago, aboard an exact reproduction of their 1902 glider. TIME OFF TAKE OFF LIKE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS DEBI LANDER | OCTOBER 2016   Want to experience the excitement of the Wright brothers’ first experimental flights? Now you can soar over the dunes in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, just as Orville and Wilbur did more than a century ago, aboard an exact reproduction of their 1902 glider. The museum-quality replica is one of just a few in existence and the only one available for public use. To prepare for the experience, which includes five flights and costs $349, you’ll need to learn about glider orientation and controls at a scheduled or custom clinic at Kitty Hawk Kites. You’ll also need to allow a three-day window for ideal weather conditions for the flights, which will lift you around five to 15 feet off the ground and carry you about 50 yards. For more info about the experience, which requires preregistration, visit

  • 0 Electric Jet of the Future

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    SHARE SHARE680 TWEET COMMENT EMAIL   AUTHOR: JACK STEWARTJACK STEWART TRANSPORTATION 06.28.17 12:00 PM A BONKERS PRIVATE "JET" BRINGS ELECTRIC FLIGHT TO THE RICH EVIATION AIRCRAFT LTD. IF YOU’RE JUST coming around to the idea of battery powered cars, prepare for the next onslaught, because the future of flight is electric too. And just as with ground vehicles, nothing pushes along new tech like some sex appeal. Tesla did that for cars, with sleek looks and ludicrous acceleration. Now, Eviation Aircraft wants to do the same for the sky. At last week's Paris Air Show, the Israeli company unveiled a prototype electric light aircraft, a private jet without the jet engines. Eviation says that because it designed the Alice Commuter plane to be all-electric from the outset (instead of converting an existing model), it could reimagine key components, like the design of the spindly looking composite airframe, and placement of the motors, without the usual constraints of heavy engines and fuel tanks. And so the Alice Commuter looks like the future should: sleek, white, and pointy. Round portholes dot the length of the cabin, which can carry up to nine people and two crew. The plane, 40 feet long with a 44-foot wingspan, is roughly the same size as the Beechcraft King Air, one of the most popular turboprop light aircraft. The plane's distinctive twin-tailed design is reminiscent of a Global Hawk military drone. A tail-mounted propeller does the bulk of the work, with help from the propellers at the tip of each wing, each driven by an electric motor in a pod. To keep everything spinning, Eviation's engineers plan to install a 980-kWh, lithium-ion battery pack, about the equivalent of the storage in 10 top-of-the-range Teslas. That's enough, Eviation says, to fly 600 miles at more than 250 mph. There’s no plan to pressurize the cabin, but that’s typical of a plane in this class.   The open question will be how the engineers account for the weight of that pack, likely somewhere north of 10,000 pounds, or two-thirds the max takeoff weight of the King Air. Eviation hasn’t provided details on how it might do that, or where exactly it will stick the battery. For all its future-y looks, the Alice Commuter looks tame, even retro, next to some of the jet fuel-free designs other manufacturers are already demonstrating. Citing the same benefits of distributed electric propulsion (since each rotor lifts more than it weighs, you can use a ton of them) lots of startups and even big players like Airbus are convinced that electric aviation is the future. Electric planes, with no need for oil changes, engine rebuilds, or expensive jet fuel, could cut operating costs and make the dream of private air travel a little more affordable. Someday. “It’s some years away in terms of application, it’s going to take quite a bit of money to develop, it’s going to take cooperation of industry, the academic world, and government,” says Mike Benzakein, who manages aerospace and aviation at Ohio State University. But he’s convinced it’s an achievable future, at least for smaller aircraft. An electric passenger plane the size of a 737 is at least 20 years out. Eviation, however, expects to certify its design next year and start offering commercial flights in 2021. If they can make it happen, the jet set will be saying, props. RELATED VIDEO TRANSPORTATION Watch the F-35 Fighter Jet Make It's First Public Flight The F-35 is the most expensive weapons system, ever. After years of delays, the fighter jet just made it's first public flight at the Paris Air Show. #ELECTRIC VEHICLES #AVIATION

  • 0 Ultra-Long Range Heavy Aircraft

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      AIRCRAFT ULTRA-LONG-RANGE AIRCRAFT BJT STAFF | JUNE 2017   This recurring editorial feature spotlights noteworthy aircraft that are for sale at press time. In this issue, we focus on jets with ultra-long range. BJT’s editorial department selects aircraft for inclusion and the magazine receives no compensation in exchange for coverage. Brokers that wish to have their aircraft considered for this department should email 2012 Gulfstream G650ERIn service since December 2012, this spacious one-owner aircraft includes four-place club seating in the forward cabin, four-place conference seating in the mid cabin, and an aft cabin stateroom with opposing dual four-place divans. Other features include forward and aft lavatories, a forward galley, satellite direct TV, and a 42-inch video monitor. The cockpit offers Honeywell PlaneView avionics, and the airframe, engines, and APU areenrolled in maintenance programs.Asking price: $52.95 millionBroker: The Jet Business 2008/09 Global Express XRS       This 13-passenger jet, which entered service in 2009 and was refurbished in 2010, features numerous cockpit upgrades, a forward cabin with a four-place club grouping, a mid cabin with a four-place conference group, a private aft cabin, two lavatories, a full-service galley, and an in-flight-accessible baggage compartment. The engines are enrolled in Rolls-Royce’s Corporate Care program. Asking price: $20.995 millionBroker: Leading Edge 2001 Boeing BBJThis BBJ offers a 16-passenger VVIP executive interior with forward galley, a bar and bedroom in the mid cabin, and a large aft stateroom. The aircraft, which has seven auxiliary fuel tanks, features an integrated cabin-management system; multiple cabin video monitors, including two 42-inch ones; and a Collins Head-up Guidance System.Asking price: $24.5 millionBroker: Mesinger Jet Sales 2014 Bombardier Global 6000 This aircraft, which entered service in August 2014, has a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles, seats 13 passengers and has a forward galley and two lavatories. The engines are enrolled in Roll-Royce’s Corporate Care program. Features include Rockwell Collins Pro-Line Fusion avionics and a Prestige soundproofing package.Asking price: Make offerBroker: Jetcraft  

  • 0 Boeing Business Jet Max 8

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    Haute Jet of the Week: Boeing Business Jet Max 8 BY MARTIN GREEN   |  HAUTE JET OF THE WEEK, HAUTE RIDES, NEWS   |  MAY 12, 2017   The world is your oyster and money to spend? Then the Boeing Business Jet might just be what you have been looking for! Based on the Boeing 737, the Business Jet Max 8 offers ample room, and that is exactly why most companies and individuals prefer it over a Gulfstream G650 or Bombardier Global Express. Even in a world that is more connected than ever, your physical presence is required and can take you all over the world. With the generous space as offered by the Business Jet Max 8, it allows you to create an office or home, even a combination of the two, in the sky. While capable of offering luxurious seating arrangements for 50 people, the majority of the clients actually opt to accommodate less. They take advantage of the space and implement board rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms with showers, or a master suite to get some much-needed rest. As if that is not enough does Boeing also offer a special panoramic window as an option. Developed together with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business, it measures 4.5 feet by 1.5 foot, allowing a generous amount of natural light to enter the cabin, while at the same time offer spectacular views. It also further enhances the way clients can personalize their Business Jet Max 8. The BBJ Max 8 is fitted with the new CFM LEAP-1B engines, which improve fuel efficiency and extend range. This range is 6.555 nautical miles, yet for those who find a private jet based on the Boeing 737, a bit confining can rest assure: Boeing’s Business Jet division also offers VIP versions of the 747, 777 as well as the 787. But what they all offer is a way to even call the air above the clouds your home or office. Who said that the sky was the limit?

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