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 has invested Â£100 million in their new first class cabin being installed on a B777, which flies from London Heathrow to Chicago Oâ€™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
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
Bell Helicopter of Texas has just begun deliveries on its $5 million 429 GlobalRanger, quite possibly the most advanced light twin all weather (IFR) chopper ever created.
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
The Xi package, just announced from Cirrus Aircraft, is a individualized experience allowing new Cirrus owners to create a one-off personalized aircraft. With the assistance of the design team, new Cirrus owners can choose the color scheme, materials, textures, stitching, exterior graphics and seating materials.
Donald Trump is upgrading to a larger plane and put his personal jet up for sale yesterday. The current jet, a 1968 Boeing 727 originally operated by American Airlines, is completely kitted out. A plane like this usually has 134 seats but this plane was reconfigured to hold just 24 passengers in the lap of … Continued
Gulfstream Aerospace rolled out its new flagship business jet, the all-new Gulfstream G650, at company headquarters in Savannah on Tuesday. Approximately 7,000 people gathered at the new G650 manufacturing building for the aircraftâ€™s debut. First announced in March 2008, the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 remains on schedule for customer deliveries in 2012.
Scheduled helicopter service between two heliports in Manhattan and two major airports that serve New York City abruptly shut down on Friday. U.S. Helicopter, which started up 3 Â½ years ago, provided the first shuttle service since the 1980s from Manhattan to a commercial airport. It was charging as much as $159 each way for … Continued
British Airways will launch a luxury, all-business class transatlantic service today featuring flat beds and the latest communications technology. The twice-daily service between London City Airport and New York offers 32 seats in specially configured Airbus A318 aircraft. Return fares will start at Â£1,901 and passengers will be able to send emails and texts and … Continued
We have followed Hermes helicopter earlier too and today itâ€™s time to tell you all about Japan’s first Hermes helicopter. The service will provide a 30-minute luxury helicopter shuttle service between central Tokyo and Narita International Airport. The Hermes helicopter features calf-leather seats and walls decorated with the brandâ€™s signature Toile H fabric used in … Continued
Surfing the web while flying to your favorite destination is a great way to pass the time and U.S. Airways has just decided to offer the services starting next year. In early 2010 you’ll be able to connect to the internet on U.S. Airways flights using your laptop or smartphone. The airline just announced a … Continued
If you have a hankering to join the mile-high club but you’re frightened of flying, Holland’s brand new Honecker Hotel could be just the ticket. A vintage four-engine plane that’s been converted into a luxurious five-star hotel, it boasts a whirlpool, sauna, bar, kitchen, flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet – and it doesn’t even leave the … Continued
Billionaire Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich is topping other high fliers with private jets – by splashing out on his own airport, it was reported today (monday). Abramovich is heading a syndicate of Russian tycoons in a bid to snap up Tassignano airport in northern Italy as an investment. The terminal – worth more than 4 … Continued
A private Asian customer has placed a firm order for an Airbus A320 Prestige, becoming the first to order the type in the region. Based on the modern A320 airliner, but featuring a customised cabin, extra fuel-tanks for intercontinental range, and a host of other features, the Airbus A320 Prestige has the largest cabin in … Continued
Bombardier is reducing its 10-year industry forecast for business jet deliveries by nearly 15 percent from last year because of the global recession. The world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer said Monday it now expects there will be 11,500 business jets delivered by the industry between 2009 and 2018. Bombardier said the industry for new business aircraft … Continued
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is scouting for buyers for two of its Gulfstream aircraft, a Gulfstream V model and a Gulfstream 550. The V is offered at $29.25 million and the 550 for $35.5 million, Cityfile reports. It’s unclear when the planes were put up for sale exactly, although both were reduced in price recently.
Boeing executive jet sales have plummeted in the slower economy, according to information from the 2009 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva Boeing sold eight new personal luxury jets since the show last year but had four orders cancel, leaving a net gain of four. This is an 87 percent drop from … Continued
Etihadhas redefined luxury air travel even further following the unveiling of its new Diamond First Class cabin. The new cabin contains individual suites, which have been designed to provide customers with more privacy, greater comfort and increased storage. You can begin enjoying the experience from August 2009, when the suite is fitted onto a brand … Continued