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

Korean Air announces unique business class on A380

Korean Air is to introduce a new two-story A380 aircraft that features only Business Class seats on the second floor in May. The 407-seat aircraft, built in partnership with Airbus, will be composed of 12 First Class, 94 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. Korean Air says this deck will have 94 lie-flat sleeper … Continued

China opens skies to private air transport

After years of waiting for China to lift heavy restrictions on airspace, wealthy travellers and aircraft manufacturers have reason to celebrate — the country’s skies are opening up to private flights. The makers of helicopters and small business jets are predicting a major bump in sales — France’s Dassault Falcon just moved its Asia office … Continued

Bombardier’s New Global Express 7000 & 8000

Canadian aviation company Bombardier has launched the Global 7000 and Global 8000 two new large business jets. The Global 7000 and 8000, which will cost about $65 million, will beat the high-speed range of the $58.5 million Gulfstream G650. Both new jets will have a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90; the 7000 will have a … Continued

Cessna Introduces Citation Ten

Cessna Aircraft announced yesterday that it will build a larger, advanced version of its Citation X business jet, called the Citation Ten. The new Citation Ten is scheduled to be in the air by late 2011 and delivered to the first customer in 2013. The jet is 15 inches longer and will fly farther and … Continued

Airlines team up for European private jet service

Singapore Airlines is to offer private jet transfer in Europe to passengers flying from Australia, the airline confirmed last week. A partnership with Lufthansa’s Private Jet services will mean that passengers flying to one of Singapore Airline’s 14 European destinations will be able to continue their journey on a private jet to one of over … Continued

Blue Star Jets Releases Mobile App

Getting a flight quote from Blue Star Jets is now easier and more accessible than ever after the company has launched a new mobile app for Palm, Blackberry, Android and iPhone smartphone users. Blue Start Jets has created a network of charter companies that gives it access to over 4,000 aircraft worldwide, ranging from helicopters … Continued

Video: Executive jets in Brazil

Executive jets, the lofty domain of the world’s corporate elite, are being snapped up in Latin America’s booming market. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Brazil, the regional powerhouse that boasts both a wealthy clientele for the winged status symbols, and a homegrown manufacturer, Embraer.

French president Sarkozy orders €176 million plane

French President Nicolas Sarkozy ‘s dream of having a presidential jet to rival Air Force One of the United States is about to come true. “Air Sarko One,” a $241-million Airbus A330-200, has made its first test flight in Bordeaux, southwestern France. Although not quite as big as the Boeing 747-200 that is Air Force … Continued

Cessna Announces Citation Mustang High Sierra

The Cessna Aircraft Company introduced at the opening day of AirVenture 2010 a new upgrade package for its Citation Mustang. The $75,000 package includes a more luxurious interior, a special paint scheme, a two-year maintenance programme, synthetic vision, electronic charts and locking fuel caps. It is the first upgrade package Cessna has offered since the … Continued

Honda shows off its first private jet

Honda has been showing off its first ever aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, saying that the jet should fly by the end of the year. The HondaJet is the first venture into aviation for Honda, more commonly known for its cars and motorcycles, with the brand saying that it incorporates many technological advances in aviation … Continued

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Ten years after the Concorde disaster at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, and seven years after the turbojet-powered airliners were finally grounded, the age of supersonic air transport is about to recommence. Nevada’s Aerion Corporation is advertising its Aerion Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ), described as an $80 million, super fast executive plane which the … Continued

Airbus unveils images of “plane of the future”

Airbus has given a glimpse of the future of flight with its Concept Plane, which was showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire today. The images released today illustrate what air transport could look like in 2050 – even 2030 if advancements in existing technologies continue apace. The aircraft is more fuel-efficient and features … Continued