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

Are the days of business class luxury over?

There has been a severe drop in the number of people flying premium, business or first, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), prompting some to ask whether the days of champagne and free toiletries are behind us. For most travelers, reclining into a leather seat and sipping champagne at 35,000 ft is the … Continued

British Airways promotes first-class cabin revamp

British Airways has invested £100 million in their new first class cabin being installed on a B777, which flies from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare Simply named First, the new cabin based on “classic design and understated luxury”, influenced by premium British automotive brands. Key new features include a personal wardrobe, a 15-inch in-flight entertainment … Continued

Richard Branson Makes Luxury Submarine

Virgin Limited Edition, owner of Sir Richard Branson‘s Necker Island, has unveiled the latest toy available for its guests — an “underwater plane.” The Necker Nymph is part submarine, part airplane, allowing guests of Necker Island or the Necker Belle yacht to explore the bottom of the ocean in comfort. Two guests, accompanied by a … Continued

This Christmas, give your loved one an airplane

A private jet company has introduced the gift card for that person who has everything this holiday season — but it will set you back at least $42,000. The new card, offered by private aviation group InJet, offers ten hours of flying in one of the firm’s 25 planes. It is available in three figures … Continued