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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

Booming market for luxury jets

The private jet market is booming again, according to results released this week by one charter firm, echoing recent sentiments from a chauffeur company. American private jet firm New Flight Charters says that its bookings were up 76 percent in June compared to the year before, describing the news as a “terrific report card” on … Continued

Boeing to debut 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough

Members of the public will be able to see the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time at next week’s Farnborough Air Show, the firm has announced. The new Dreamliner, set to go into service later this year, will be presented alongside its rival Airbus’s A380 superjumbo at the show, which runs July 19 … Continued

Solar plane sets out on historic flight

An experimental solar-powered aircraft took off Wednesday from a Swiss airbase in a bid to make history by flying round the clock and through the night. Solar Impulse whirred along the runway at Payerne in western Switzerland, reaching 35 kilometres per hour (22 mph) as lone pilot Andre Borschberg gently lifted into clear skies at … Continued

Von Teese helps Virgin celebrate

Virgin Atlantic airways celebrated their 10th anniversary of non-stop flights to Las Vegas from London at McCarran International Airport yesterday. Dita Von Teese and President Sir Richard Branson posed for photos with the image of Von Teese emblazoned on the aircraft behind them. She wore red Christian Louboutin heels, fishnet stockings and a red corset … Continued

British Airways Launches New Private Jet Service

The UK flag-carrier is launching an exclusive private jet service for British Airways passengers flying within North America and the Caribbean. The airline is establishing the service, designated PrivateConnect, in partnership with Cessna division CitationAir. Unlike some other private jet services, BA will not force customers into signing a long-term contract and will not ask … Continued

Delta Expanding First Class on Domestic Flights

US carrier Delta is to buck the airline trend of shrinking premium cabins by increasing first class capacity on its domestic flights, perhaps hinting that a recovery in luxury travel may be on the cards. The airline announced last week that from this fall it is to offer first class on all internal US flights … Continued

Emirates places biggest A380 order

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is to fly a total of 90 Airbus A380 “superjumbos” by the end of 2017 after a shock announcement that it is to buy a further 32, the largest single order in commercial aviation history. The airline stunned its rivals with the $11.5 billion purchase on the first day of the ILA … Continued

Concorde for London 2012 Olympic Games

The engines on a French Concorde are to be examined as the first move in a $22m project aiming to get the supersonic passenger jet back in the air. The Rolls Royce engines of the former Air France Concorde will undergo an initial examination to see what work needs to be done to start the … Continued

Lufthansa unveils new first class

Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, has lately received its first Airbus A380 jetliner, and they claim its cabin to be the “world’s quietest first class.” The First-Class bathroom features wide vertical mirrors and a five-star hotel-style vanity area. The bathroom is fitted with separate wash, changing and toilet areas. “There’s a leather banquette seat in the … Continued

Avro Business Jet Concept Planes by Design Q

BAE Systems has partnered with luxury transport design consultancy firm Design Q to develop an “Air Deck” viewing platform concept for BAE’s Avro Business Jet. The Air Deck transforms the rear of the aircraft into an extended living space by way of an elevated outdoor viewing deck.

The New $9 Million Cessna CJ4

Cessna is finally set to begin deliveries of its long-awaited $9 Million Citation CJ4 light business jet later this year. The Citation CJ4 is the newest and largest member of the popular CJ family of business jets consisting of the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+ and CJ3. The CJ4 is, essentially, a stretch version of the CJ3 … Continued

Mercedes-Benz Helicopter Unveiled in Geneva

German automaker Daimler has just released the details and images of the Mercedes Eurocopter EC145 helicopter which had its debut in Geneva. The Mercedes Eurocopter EC145 helicopter is built by EADS and has received the styling touch of the German carmaker. Designed at the automotive manufacturer’s studio in Como, Italy, the EC145 is a mid-sized, … Continued

Lufthansa launches new First Class cabin

Lufthansa is to join British Airways and Air France in revamping its first class cabins ahead of the World Cup in May, according to Bloomberg. The new first class package will debut in May, ahead of the airline’s inaugural A380 flight to Johannesburg, carrying the German World Cup team. The new first and business class … Continued

BMW designs interiors for Embraer jets

BMW DesignworksUSA have teamed up with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, to present a new generation of the company’s executive jets. This interior is intended for the company’s line of medium-range jets. Featured on the Phenom 100 and 300, the cabin blends modern styling with futuristic design. It features a full galley and lavatory and a … Continued

Embraer Readies Legacy 650 for Takeoff

Embraer, the Brazil-based builder of executive jets, now offers an upgraded version of its popular Legacy 600 model, with about an extra 600 miles of range. Priced at $31 million, the 650 mates the roomy three-zone cabin of the 600 with heftier wings to provide more fuel capacity. Boosted by new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines, the … Continued