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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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