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What does one put on a private jumbo jet?

The world’s first privately-owned Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental has been delivered to one well-heeled buyer, airplane manufacturer Boeing announced this week. The 747-8, a ‘stretched’ version of the classic jumbo jet, normally seats 467 passengers across its two decks, but the delivery made this week is likely to carry considerably fewer. Instead, the undisclosed VIP customer … Continued

Embraer presents jet to envoy Jackie Chan

Brazil’s leading planemaker Embraer is eyeing the large Chinese market, and on Friday presented a Legacy 650 executive jet to martial arts star Jackie Chan to help build its brand there. Embraer said that Chan would help the company promote “its entire line of executive aircraft, not only in the rapidly growing greater China market, … Continued

Qantas A380 First Class Suite

The first class cabin of Qantas’s A380 super-jumbos, designed by Marc Newson, looks astonishingly like the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek, reports Daily Mail. The interior includes LCD touch panels, leather seating, plants, sheepskin-covered full-length beds and more than 1,000 videos to choose from. Each berth even has a dresser for storing clothes – naturally, … Continued

Cessna Citation M2 business jet

In late September, Cessna introduced the Citation M2, a light business jet that fills the gap between the Mustang entry-level jet and the Citation CJ family. The new design has been in development for three years and it’s slated to fly during the first half of 2012. With room for two crew and six passengers, … Continued

Emirates hooks up A380 planes to wi-fi

Middle Eastern airline Emirates has announced the launch of wireless internet access on board its fleet of flagship super-jumbo A380 aircraft. Customers flying the massive planes, which operate between Dubai and destinations such as Paris and London, will now be able to use wifi-enabled devices on selected routes, Emirates confirmed December 12. Eleven of the … Continued

Lufthansa offers new First Class cabin

Last week Lufthansa sent its first retrofitted 747-400 from Hong Kong to Frankfurt and those flying first class were in for quite a surprise. Where previously these planes catered for 16 passengers in their ultra-luxury section, now they are fitted out for just eight and that means a full-length, window-side bed next to the seat, … Continued

Dassault Falcon 2000S

Dassault has unveiled the Falcon 2000S with the goal of creating a full-size Falcon with a midsize price ideally suited for an eight-hour flight. With a price tag of under $25 million, Dassault claims the Falcon 2000S will feature the largest cabin, longest range and best performance in its class . New inboard wing slats … Continued

The Airbus A320 Prestige by Comlux

Comlux, a charter company based in Zurich, unveiled its latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige suitable for up to 19 passengers. Top-quality, exclusive materials were used throughout, with a natural color palette that echoes the sand and sky of the desert. The main room offers a VIP lounge with L shaped divan, two … Continued

Airbus to exhibit world’s largest corporate jet cabin

Airbus displayed an Airbus ACJ318, offered for VVIP charter by Comlux, at the Jet Expo in Moscow which took place 14-16 September. This Airbus ACJ318 features the comfort and practicality of home and office, plus seating for 19 passengers, which is more than traditional business jets. “Airbus corporate jets are similar in size to traditional … Continued

Inside Korean Air’s new Airbus A380

Korean Air is to inaugurate its new A380 “superjumbo” on a route between New York City and Seoul this week. The airline, which is the seventh in the world to fly the enormous Airbus aircraft, will wave off the first A380 flight from New York across the Pacific Ocean on August 9, launching what it … Continued

Airbus reveal ‘plane of 2050’

A futuristic airplane concept could herald a future where business and economy class give way to work and play areas on board the aircraft of the future. That’s the vision of Airbus, which this week unveiled its ideas of the plane of 2050, complete with a ‘bionic’ shell which turns partially transparent to provide a … Continued

Retna For VistaJet

As part of a partnership between private jet charter and ownership firm VistaJet and Bombardier Aerospace, acclaimed street artist RETNA has hand-painted a unique work of art on the tail of a VistaJet Global Express XRS. The $60 million luxury aircraft, an ultra long range corporate and VIP high speed wonder, will be the new … Continued

Mercedes Benz Helicopter unveiled

Eurocopter’s EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter made its world debut at the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Conceived in a styling project led by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, the interior of the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style is inspired by the automaker’s range of high-end vehicles. It features deluxe … Continued

First look inside Virgin Galactic’s tourist spaceship

Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson‘s company that hopes to be taking tourists into space within a couple of years, has shown the inside of its spacecraft to the media for the first time. A BBC journalist was this week given an exclusive look inside the vessel, which is designed to propel six tourists and two pilots … Continued

New Airbus cabin targets Asian corporate jet market

A new cabin concept called Phoenix, featuring a colour-scheme and layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes, is being offered to Airbus Corporate Jet customers. The main cabin features seating for six people around a large circular-table – the focus of family life in many Asian cultures – which facilitates work-related discussions and dining. Airbus … Continued

Private jet makers target India’s super-rich

The growing list of billionaires in India is an enticing prospect for executive jet makers seeking to recover from a slump in demand caused by the financial crisis. Prominent among exhibitors at the ongoing Aero India 2011 air show in Bangalore were manufacturers such as US-based Gulfstream and Brazil’s Embraer — both hoping to seduce … Continued

The certified HondaJet aircraft takes its first flight

Honda Aircraft has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet. The HondaJet took off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Caroline on 20 December and flew for 51 minutes. While Honda enters the flight test program with the HondaJet, its aircraft production facility on its Greensboro … Continued