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New business jets by Bombardier: The Global 6000 joins the Global Express fleet

On board a private jet — the only level beyond first class and in our humble opinion is the ultimate way to fly — reaching your destination faster and surrounded by luxury is a reality. Bombardier is known for manufacturing state-of-the-art business jets with impeccable range and the Canadian brand has developed a tech tour de force to join the exclusive league of private jets, in the form of the Global 6000. For those familiar with its popular model, Global Express, you will recall that it took non-stop private aviation to the masses of corporate travellers tired of having to refuel on their trans-global business trips.

The Global 6000, while it does not boast of having the longest range in Bombardier’s Global fleet, has several unique qualities that propel it to the top of the league. For one, it does offer exceptional performance figures including the ability to travel into many small airports that similar-sized aircraft can’t. For example, the aircraft is certified for steep approaches, which means London City Airport isn’t a problem after a long flight from the States. Smaller airports mean time saved, and apart from privacy, is a huge reason why people choose to travel in a business jet.

This particular model features a range of 6,000 nm (hence the name), which is enough to fly from London to Cape Town or Singapore to Sydney. And with two Rolls-Royce turbofans producing 14,750 lb ft of thrust and a maximum speed of 580 mph, you’ll get there quickly enough and still feel refreshed. Fresh air is always available and pumped into the cabin, where an air management system regulates the cabin temperature and the pressurisation is always kept at a low altitude. There’s also super- fast internet connectivity on board with Ka-band technology, a necessity for those who work on the go. You will have access to speeds of up to 15 Mbps, meaning video conferencing and streaming is all a possibility no matter where you might be.

The cabin on the Global 6000 offers almost a foot of extra width compared to its closest competitor. That might not seem like a lot, but it’s definitely noticeable when you have got that little bit more elbow room. All 13 passengers will be comfortable no matter the distance.

One of the greatest aspects of business aircraft design is that the engines are located aft, which equates to a quieter ride than your usual larger commercial aircraft. But there are further areas that manufacturers are focusing on to make the journey even quieter. The Global 6000 features advanced soundproofing through a variety of materials and techniques that make it the best-in-class when it comes to low sound levels. Noise-cancelling headphones are no longer a necessity.

The design of the cockpit is all about reducing the workload on the pilots. An advanced avionics system enables pilots to have exceptional control, while a synthetic vision system on the head-up display allows for a safer working environment.

Smooth, sleek and comfortable, the Bombardier Global 6000 is an all-conquering business jet for the individual that needs to be everywhere at once. As the private aviation market continues to expand in Asia, this is the one jet you need to include in your fleet now.

This article was first published in Yacht Style 37

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Porsche Adds Panache to Delta Private Jet Service

Not much can top the experience of traveling by private jet, but Delta has figured out how to make your journey even sweeter. All you have to do is fly via one of the American firm’s private jets within the U.S. and you will be transported to the main terminal or connecting flight in a Porsche Cayenne or Panamara.

“Imagine traveling from Louisville to New York via private jet to connect with a commercial flight to Munich, Germany on Delta Air Lines,” said David Sneed, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Delta Private Jets “You will be picked up in a Porsche from the fixed-base operator and transported to the main airport where you will be escorted and expedited through security by Delta agents to your connecting flight, while your luggage is taken care of for you.”

While this service is already available to Delta’s SkyMiles Diamond Medallion customers, it will soon be complimentary for Delta Private Jets Card members as well. Passengers can expect the privilege to launch in these cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, J.F.K. and LaGuardia in New York, Seattle and Kentucky.

And while Porsches are undeniably cool, you might think that a Bentley or Mercedes might seem more fitting for Delta’s target audience of jet-setting elites. However, Porsche maintains that the partnership is symbolic of the harmony between the brands. “That same alignment of superior performance and daily, like-minded application, with the customer at the center,” said Andre Oosthuizen, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche Cars North America.

These connecting flight trips have also been proven to be great marketing opportunities for participating car brands. Actor Kiefer Sutherland – star of “24” – revealed on Top Gear that his decision for purchasing a Porsche Panamera was simply because he was smitten by its charm during a drive to his connecting flight with Lufthansa.

Flying Palace: Dreamliner Boeing 787 BBJ

For one lucky owner, home is literally a flying palace that was once a Boeing 787-8 passenger service jet. The spacious 2,400 square foot Boeing 787-8 (now) private jet was converted from a passenger service jet to one for private use. With some help from Kestrel Aviation Management, Pierrejean Design Studios and Greenpoint Technologies, this is now the first Dreamliner to be built as a Boeing Business Jet. Master-Suite-Boeing-787-bbj

After a year-long refurbishment process, the jet now boasts a range of luxurious amenities — such as five designer bathrooms — that one may find in a home. It also doesn’t hurt that the plane has space for nearly 40 people on board.

The Master Bathroom.

The Master Bathroom.

The massive master suite is as warm and inviting as, once again, a bedroom in a well-appointed home. The suite is divided into several sections with a California king-sized bed that is said to be an “oasis of silence”. With a noise level of only 48 decibels, kicking back in the Master Suite would feel almost as good as sleeping in a tranquil location, perhaps Gstaad? In other words, there is no hint of massive jet engines humming away. Of course, the suite is also equipped with a refrigerator and safe.

The His & Her Marble Sinks

The His & Her Marble Sinks

To complement that unbelievable master bedroom is a master bathroom that features a set of his and her sinks made of marble. Think about that for a second because stoneware like marble in planes are usually dispensed with as such items add to the operating cost. Joining the marble sinks is a double-sized shower to ensure that you get squeaky clean even thousands of feet in the air. Truly, a properly comfortable shower in a plane is a luxury. The finishing touch that completes the master suite is the walk-in closet that also has heated marble floors. Again, consider that marble part carefully…

The walkway that leads to the Main Guest Area.

The walkway that leads to the Main Guest Area.

Rather than neglect the space that connects the suite to the rest of the plane, the designers opted to utilize the foyer to its fullest potential. Using dark wallpaper, flooring and recessed floor lights, the hallway is designed to look like a series of vertical waves.

The Main Guest Lounge.

The Main Guest Lounge.

Beyond the hallway is a main lounge designed to have an open and airy feel. With no physical partitions, the designers made use of various colors to decorate the area. Alongside the darkwood cupboards and cream-colored sofas, are two daybeds that face the 55-inch flatscreen display. For guests seated away from the center of the screen, are two 24-inch display screens.

The daybeds and 55-inch flatscreen display.

The daybeds and 55-inch flatscreen display.

Thanks to a pair of devans at the back of the plane, guests can choose to utilize the area as a meeting or dining area as well as sleeping accommodations. Guests can enjoy a VIP lavatory that can be found just beyond the lounge. Behind the lavatory — toward the front of the plane — is a guest cabin with 18 full-flat, first class sleeper seats while six premium economy seats are designated for the staff.

Source: Business Insider.

 

Embraer Private Jets to Feature Skylights

We were enthused to learn that a private manufacturer is actually putting skylights in its planes! This might sound crazy but the best part of air-travel has got to be the view. Whatever class you’re in, and no matter whether you’re flying in a private jet or not, the view is amazing. Having said that, most planes have tiny portholes masquerading as windows, wasting the potential of cruising above the clouds. Well, Brazilian jet builder Embraer’s got something to say about that.

The company has just come up with a new idea on how to furnish their $53 million Lineage 1000E private jets with large skylights and windows by teaming up with yacht designer Patrick Knowles. Embraer dubs this design the “Airship Kyoto”, and it’ll be the first time the concept has been really executed on a large jet that can leap up to 35,000 feet, with pressurized cabins of course.

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The reference to Japan (Kyoto is not in Brazil, for the geographically challenged) comes from a hypothetical scenario a Japanese customer conceived for a jet: how would you accommodate a customer who wished to sit on the floor at one of those wooden short legged tables (or, in Japanese, chabudai) instead? Well, you’d bring the windows down to their level, and, just like the zen-architecture concepts of Tadao Ando that blends modern structures with natural light, you’d find a way to let the sun in – without depressurizing the whole cabin. This showcases Embraer’s willingness to tailor the entire form of the plane to their customer’s specific needs or culture.

“I’ve always believed that we should be able to execute the customer’s dreams and passions in an airplane” said Jay Beever, VP of interior design, as noted in an article by Wired. The team over at Embraer is ready to jump in with the concept the moment a wealthy enough customer requests it. They’re fully confident they can pull it off while living up to the strict safety requirements of the airline industry.

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The Lineage was unveiled last year as a luxurious ultra-large executive jet, boasting spacious cabin zones and highly tailored interiors – including capacity for a master suite with a large bed and a walk-in shower. If they actually manage to pull off the natural view as well, they’re sure to set a good precedent in exclusive luxury. In other words, beat that all other makers of jets!

Images courtesy of Embraer

Gulfstream Flies Higher, Faster, Farther

Gulfstream, one of the world’s premier business aviation manufacturers, is breaking one record after another. Its top of the line model, the G650ER, can fly higher, faster and farther than almost anything in the sky. Counting in the achievements of its sister aircraft, the standard G650, more than 55 records have been smashed. The latest record has been ratified by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association so it is official. Travelling from Sydney to Los Angeles on March 11, the plane managed a flight time of 12 hours and 40 minutes with an average speed of Mach 0.86 over the 6,620 nautical mile journey.

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Equipped with two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 jet engines, the aircraft can reach a top speed of Mach 0.925, cruise up to 51,000 feet and has a maximum range of 7,500 nautical miles. The G650ER price starts around $66.5 million and goes up depending on the level of customization. The aircraft comes equipped with the latest in technological advancements, from wireless Internet to advanced air filtration systems giving a lower altitude pressurisation. With a bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and media area you can truly live and work comfortably in the sky, allowing you to maximize every precious minute of your day. It is only a matter of time ’til Gulfstream and the G650 breaks another aviation record.

Guide: 5 Ways to Price Private Jet Hires

It may surprise you to learn that private jet hires can actually be a cost effective option, especially when you’re not flying solo. When chartering a private jet, you are in fact hiring the entire plane, so it does not matter how many people travel; the size of the plane and the distance of intended travel will ultimately determine the price paid. In the greater spectrum of things, should you be travelling in a group, be it for business or pleasure and you generally only fly first class, when the accumulated cost for this is considered (first class seats for a group of nine), vs private jet charter costs, that’s when you start to see how chartering a private jet might make for a viable option, financially speaking.

The price you pay for private jet charters can vary widely, with several factors determining the cost of this mode of travel. We are going to take a look at five of them so you can get an idea about what you need to consider, should you wish to travel by private jet in the hopefully not too distant future. This list should provide you with a better understanding of the relative advantages of private jet hires.

Size

One of the primary factors that contributes substantially to the cost of a private jet charter will be down to the size and type of the private jet needed. With many categories of private jet on offer i.e. turbo props, light weight jets, midsized and luxury executive airliners, the decision is yours. The larger your travel party and ultimately the larger the size of your jet requirement, the more you can expect to pay for this premium mode of travel. You might find that if you’re only travelling with a few people i.e. three, and you’re travelling a short distance with very little baggage, that you could get away with not having to pay half as much as what you would initially have thought.

Age and Type of Aircraft

Newer and more luxurious aircraft are often more expensive to charter. Although all aircraft have to be well maintained, the care and maintenance of the aircraft will always be a factor in determining the price you pay to charter a private jet.

Length and Duration of Trip

If your trip is international then you are obviously going to pay more; not least because you will need to charter a jet that is capable of making international flights. Even for domestic travel the length of the trip is an important factor in determining the cost of the charter; both the distance travelled and the number of hours the journey takes can be taken into account.

Special Value-Added Services

If you are chartering a private jet you may want to have concierge services include. This means that you can have in-flight catering as well as help with getting to and from the jet and assistance with securing accommodation, if you need it. Certain private jet charter companies have concierge services which basically takes all of the hassle out of your hands, making your trip as stress free as possible. However, these special value-added services may potentially come at an additional cost.

Additional Costs

There are several additional costs associated with running a jet, including the cost of fuel and landing fees. All of these costs are taken into account when the charter company determines the price that it is going to charge for its services.

Hopefully this gives you some idea of how charter costs are worked out. It may seem like it costs a lot of money to charter a private jet, but it is clear to see that there are many factors which need to be taken into account along with the expenses that the charter company needs to cover to ensure that your experience is as seamless as possible.

Vijay Mallya Private Jet On Sale

With the notoriously extravagant Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya out of the country, and countless employees of his ill-fated Kingfisher Airlines left unpaid, things seem terribly bleak for the Indian authorities looking to get the former billionaire to pay his dues. Now, in their wait to see how long Mallya can stay in the UK, they’re moving in on his assets and belongings, hoping that selling some of those precious beauties will cover some of the costs. So, let’s not focus on the downers. Instead, let’s focus on the auction of Mallya’s pristine Airbus A319 aircraft, fitted with all the best luxury fittings such a rapacious individual could afford – hopefully the proceeds will go to the people who need it most.

This aircraft is set up with lusciously stylized interiors, various facilities like a bar (naturally, for a businessman who made part of his fortune in spirits), shower cabin, and private resting area. Most importantly, it’s also fitted out with Mallya’s own vanity plate. The Indian government will hold the auction on June 29 through the state-run agent MSTC Ltd.

So, it looks like whoever wants a slice of this pie can still get wet their beaks, so to speak. You can check out the nitty gritty details of the lot over here. While India is trying to squeeze him out, we can only comment that these kinds of affairs constitute a terrible waste for everyone in general.

Private Jet Tours from Aman, Four Seasons

Sometimes we really deserve to set ourselves up for a long airborne journey far from the madding clutter of everyday life. For that, Aman and Four Seasons have you fully covered with their respective travel packages. Whether it is exploring the cultural depth of Asia in the comfortable privacy of a Gulfstream G200 private jet, or being brought on a gastronomic journey with the help of star chef Rene Redzepi, you can be sure that these trips will be fully worth your (considerable) while. We are not sure if this is part of some larger trend of hotel groups organizing tours of multiple properties but we do like it when luxury brands really think outside the box.

Aman Summer Palace

Aman Summer Palace

With a limit of just eight guests on the Gulfstream G200, Aman’s Private Jet Expedition allows for a nice space of your own, or with your loved one, while visiting some of the key cradles of Asian civilization. The trip stretches across China, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka, where guests will be able to stay at the eight Aman resorts in these countries. In order to maximize the intimacy of the situation, all touring is set to be with a private car, driver, and guide for each day – though guests will have the occasion to come together in the evening for cocktail parties and special dinners. It’ll run through 9-26 October 2016. We are sure that Aman Junkies (as fans of the resort are known) will probably already have booked this up but here are the details anyway.

Amanbagh - Dinner at Small Chhatri

Amanbagh – Dinner at Small Chhatri

The trip will start in urban Beijing, where guests can discover its world heritage sites while staying over at the Aman Summer Palace. Later they’ll shift over to Amandayan and be able to experience the rural beauty of Lijiang. Next up is Amankora Paro and Amankora Thimpu in Bhutan, the country well-known for its spirituality, natural beauty and, of course, for being relatively unknown. After Bhutan is the oasis-like Amanbagh in India’s Aravalli Hills, as well as the tented Aman-i-Khas located on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park. Finally, Sri Lanka beckons with the colonial charm of Amangalla located in Galle Fort, and, the Bawa-esque beachside resort Amanwella. All this adds up to perhaps the perfect exploration of the diversity of Asian cultures while being able to stay at a host of resorts – each with their own special cultural aesthetic. The whole trip is priced at $63,888 per person ($127,776 per couple).

Amanwella Swimming Pool

Amanwella Swimming Pool

At $135,000 per person, Four Seasons’ “Culinary Discoveries” aims to focus exclusively on the gastronomical side of things. Yes we know gastronomical is not a real word but at that price, you can call it whatever you want. Running from May 27 to June 14 2017, the trip goes through nine dining capitals and stops at some of the most exclusive restaurants out there. The flight itself will be aboard a private Boeing 757 configured to seat 52 passengers. Every guest is also gifted with Bose noise-canceling headphones and iPads, rather than normal earbuds and seatback entertainment.

Culinary Discoveries with Four Seasons

Culinary Discoveries with Four Seasons

The three week itinerary scrolls through looking into ancient Korean temple cuisine, exploring the street food and markets of Hong Kong and Thailand, going on foraging tours with the chefs at the renowned Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, and ending in Paris with a farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Other locations on the way include Mumbai, Florence, Lisbon, and Tokyo. Along the way, guests will participate in a series of hosted talks and conversations about the past, present and future of food and its intersection with creativity, innovation and community.

The Boeing 757

The Boeing 757

“From our team’s travels across Scandinavia to relocating our restaurant to Tokyo and Sydney, our international journeys have helped expand our minds and our tastes, and influenced the creativity of the Noma kitchen. We look forward to working with Four Seasons to help develop their first-ever Culinary Discoveries journey, and to create an experience that is truly memorable” said Redzepi.

You can check out more details over that Aman’s website here, or Four Seasons’ website here.

Crystal Cruises Takes to the Air

Not being satisfied with racking up countless awards for its cruise services, the luxury cruise brand Crystal Cruises announced plans to expand their fleet of ships with Crystal Luxury Air. This month, the company’s 12-seat Bombardier jet will lift off for the first time, taking passengers anywhere around the world.

The Global Express XRS jet features sleeping quarters, leather seating, cabin configurations for business, conferences and lounging. Furthermore, set up for a launch next year, are the Crystal Luxury Air’s Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Both jets are being redesigned to feature lie-flat beds, and first-class amenities. The Dreamliner, for instance, typically seats up to 300 passengers but will be reconfigured to fit just 52.

The two Boeings will offer 14- and 28-day around-the-world trips with stopovers in both cosmopolitan and remote locations around the world. Trips include accommodations at luxury hotels, Michelin-starred meals and local entertainment.

Also released were details on their newest world tour to launch in 2019. The tour will set off from Los Angeles and sail to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Mediterranean over three months.

You can check out Crystal Cruises’ site over here.

New Bombardier CSeries Certified Airworthy

Canadian transportation authorities certified Bombardier’s new CSeries jetliner airworthy December 18, paving the way to bring the first new medium-range passenger jet in 25 years to market.

“The certification of Bombardier’s CSeries is a historic moment for the Canadian aerospace industry,” commented Transportation Minister and former astronaut Marc Garneau.

“Bombardier can now take important final steps to deliver the CSeries to customers worldwide, such as seeking international approvals and training crews,” he said.

The new bombardier aircraft CSseries is shown in Mirabel, Quebec after take off for the first time on September 16, 2013. Bombardier Inc. carried out final preparations for the maiden flight of its CSeries on September 16, 2013, hoping to translate its ambitions to shatter an Airbus and Boeing duopoly into faster sales of Canada's most ambitious jet. The jet flew from Bombardier's Mirabel factory in Quebec , capping a 5-year $3.4 billion development of the first all-new plane in its class in decades. AFP PHOTO/CLEMENT SABOURIN

The new bombardier aircraft CSseries is shown in Mirabel, Quebec after take off for the first time on September 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO/CLEMENT SABOURIN

The first medium-haul, single-aisle CSeries aircraft with seating for up to 160 passengers is expected to be delivered to Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss in the middle of 2016.

The plane was designed to go head to head with the workhorses of the aviation market, the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.

The certification process included more than 3,000 hours of flight tests, and demonstrated that the so-called whisper jets’ Pratt and Whitney engines are “the quietest in its category,” Bombardier said in a statement.

The CSeries is Bombardier’s first foray outside business and regional passenger aircraft into the category of medium-range jets, which also promise reduced fuel costs and emissions. Its development, however, has been plagued with cost overruns and delays.

The Quebec government stepped in twice in recent months to bail out the struggling aircraft manufacturer, injecting billions of dollars in Bombardier to help get its CSeries program off the ground.

It currently has 603 orders for the aircraft, but only 243 of them are firm. And it has not received any new orders for the jetliners in more than a year.

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Bruce Dickinson sells private jets in Harrods

Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has joined forces with famed London retailer  to open a pop-up shop for private jets.

Dickinson is chairman of Aeris Aviation, an aircraft dealership from which the pop-up will be funded upon opening later this month.

The pop-up will sell special-edition Harrods jets and is reported to be looking towards the least expensive end of the market with Eclipse 550 jets by One Aviation that retail for £2.2 million (approximately $3.4 million).

At their priciest, private jets such as a Gulfstream G650 can cost up to £41 million (approximately $64 million).

Gulfstream G650

Graceland Mansion

Elvis Presley’s private jets to remain at Graceland

Graceland Mansion

Elvis Presley’s two personal jets are staying at Graceland, his estate said Monday, ending months of jitters among his legion of fans that they were about to be sold off.

The Lisa Marie, a vintage Convair 880 airliner, and Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar executive jet, have been on display at the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s estate in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984.

But until now, their fate had been up in the air after they were put on sale by their owners, which exhibited them at Graceland in return for a share of ticket proceeds — triggering an uproar among loyal Elvis fans worldwide.

In a brief statement Monday, Graceland said “an agreement has been reached for Elvis’ two airplanes … to remain at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis permanently.”

It did not elaborate, but Presley’s daughter and sole heir Lisa Marie Presley hinted on her Twitter feed that Graceland had acquired the two aircraft, which are no longer in flying condition.

“Exciting news! … The planes will remain at Graceland 4 ever! We own them and have fun plans for them as well,” she said.

For devout fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who died in August 1977 at the age of 42, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II afforded a unique glimpse into his jet-setting lifestyle.

The Lisa Marie jet

Both had been owned by OKC Partnership of Memphis, which displayed them across the street from Graceland mansion under a joint venture agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, the business arm of his estate.

Presley acquired the Lisa Marie in April 1975, two years before his death, for $250,000, then spent lavishly to customize it to his own specifications.

Its 29-seat interior features a master suite with forward lounge, conference room, private club room and suite, and a bathroom with gold faucets and wash basin.

Elvis Presley Hound Dog II jet

Entertainment on what the rock music legend liked to call “the pride of Elvis Presley Airways” was provided by a 52-speaker sound system and a four-television in-flight video tape system.

Formerly operated by Delta Air Lines, the Convair 880 — in its day a rival to the iconic Boeing 707 — was sold by Presley’s father in 1978.

It changed hands several times before it was towed to Graceland where it rubbed wingtips with the smaller TriStar.

Four Seasons Private Jet

Four Seasons unveils luxury private jet [VIDEO]

Four Seasons has just revealed its completed private jet that it announced last year.

This Boeing 757, equipped with a Rolls Royce motor, has seats for 52 passengers and has been luxuriously customized by a host of designers.

The reclining white leather seats were handcrafted by Italian VIP aircraft seating manufacturer Iacobucci.

Four Seasons Private Jet

The blankets are made from soft Mongolian cashmere and were commissioned exclusively for the plane. Beneath your feet, a bespoke hand-woven woolen carpet made in Amsterdam.

The crew is made up of ten people, including an Executive Chef, a Sous Chef, a Four Seasons Concierge and a Global Guest Services Manager.

Four Seasons Private Jet Interiors

“Our aim is to recreate the hotel experience on the Four Seasons Private Jet, which means creating innovative meals using fresh ingredients, served on the finest tableware and linens, all with impeccable Four Seasons service. The only real difference is that occasionally we have to do a little juggling when there’s turbulence!” says the airline’s chef Kerry Sear.

Four Seasons offers new around the world trips for 2016

Four Seasons Private Jet Dining

Prices start at $69,000 to tour Europe and $119,000 for a trip around of the world. The hotel group is quick to point out that 80% of tickets for trips in 2015 have been sold. The price includes air travel, ground transfers, excursions, and full room and board in Four Seasons hotels.

The itineraries for 2016 have already been decided, and the year will begin with what Four Seasons has branded “Timeless Discoveries: An Around the World Journey.” From January 16 to February 18, the private jet will successively set down in Los Angeles, Kona, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, Chiang Mai, Mumbai, Prague and finally London.

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The following itinerary, referred to as “International Intrigue,” will visit eight destinations on four continents from April 14 to May 7.

Honda business jet

Honda unveils first business jet

Honda business jet

Honda on Thursday unveiled its first private jet before it hits the market this summer, as the Japanese giant, better known for making cars, targets deep-pocketed business flyers.

Nearly 20 years in the making, the red and white seven-seater HondaJet, about 13 metres (42 feet) long, is designed to face less air resistance because its engines sit atop the wings instead of the rear of the fuselage.

The curtain raising event at Tokyo’s downtown Haneda airport comes as the jet embarks on a world tour totalling 48,000 kilometres (about 30,000 miles), which will take it to more than a dozen countries, including Switzerland, Britain, France and Germany.

HondaJet, developed by the automaker’s US-based subsidiary Honda Aircraft Company, has a $4.5 million price tag and is aimed at wealthy individuals looking to criss-cross continents in privacy.

Japan Honda Jet

The company said it currently has more than 100 orders for the business jet, which can travel 2,000 kilometres without refuelling.

That could see it travel between Los Angeles and Denver or London and Rome at speeds of up to 778 kilometres (483 miles) per hour, faster than rival offerings, Honda said.

President Takanobu Ito said the aircraft would “create a new standard of performance and comfort for small-sized business jets”.

Japan Honda Jet

He added that developing a jet was the long-time ambition of the auto and motorcycle maker’s now-deceased founder Soichiro Honda.

“Honda has pursued this dream to take to the skies since the time of the company’s launch,” Ito said.

The Lisa Marie jet

Elvis Presley’s Private Jets Up For Auction [VIDEO]

The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, two private jets purchased and customized by Elvis Presley in the 1970s, are going under the hammer. The bidding starts Friday, January 2 in California.

The first jet, named for the King’s daughter, was purchased from Delta Airlines on April 17, 1975 for $250,000. The rock ‘n’ roll icon spent a further $300,000 redecorating the aircraft and outfitting it with a luxurious bedroom, a conference room and a bathroom with a golden wash basin.

The Lisa Marie jet

For the exterior, Elvis chose the red, white and blue color scheme and had his motto TCB (Taking Care of Business) painted at the back.

The late singer paid $900,000 for the second plane, the Hound Dog II, which he used while the Lisa Marie was being refurbished.

Elvis Presley Hound Dog II jet

Through an agreement with the current owners, these collector’s items, which are no longer airworthy, have been displayed over the past three decades at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. They will leave the King’s former residence this April, though the future owners will have the option to purchase land adjacent to Graceland to display them.

Elvis Presley’s private jets are being sold in a sealed-bid auction where they are expected to fetch between $10 million and $15 million.

Private jet charter flights

Private jet charter website now accepts bitcoin

Private jet charter flights

PrivateFly, a private jet booking service, has responded to increasing demand from clients who want to pay with .

PrivateFly claims to be the first private jet booking network to accept bitcoin. The new payment option is said to offer more flexibility and convenience to clients.

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By paying with bitcoin, travelers can reserve a private jet at any time of day or night, without worrying about whether the bank is open to transfer the payment.

After all, the price of booking a private jet is typically over €20,000, so settling the bill can require more than a simple swipe of a credit card.

SEE ALSO: EXPEDIA TO ACCEPT BITCOINS

“By using BitPay to make the transaction, we instantly convert the amount into euros or sterling to minimize the risk. This approach is already in use at all of the international companies that already accept Bitcoin,” explains Mehdi Dialmy, head of the flight department at PrivateFly.

PrivateFly points out that bitcoin payments currently account for 5% of its revenues and are not expected to overtake other payment methods.

The Gulfstream G500 and G600

Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

The Gulfstream G500 and G600

 Aerospace on Tuesday unveiled two new business jets and announced orders were lining up from Flexjet and Qatar Airways.

The Gulfstream G500 and G600 optimize speed, have spacious cabins and are equipped with advanced flight decks, said the Savannah, Georgia-based company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

The G500 can fly long distances at high speed, including from New York to Geneva at 685 miles (1102 kilometers) per hour.

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The larger G600 can fly further, the company said, including a potential non-stop flight from Los Angeles to London at 685 miles per hour, or from Los Angeles to Shanghai at 647 miles per hour.

Both will be able to carry up to 19 passengers, with multiple living spaces.

The first flight of the G500 is scheduled for 2015. Gulfstream estimated it will receive type certification from the US FederalAviationAdministration and EuropeanAviationSafety Agency in 2017 and begin deliveries in 2018.

View of a Gulfstream Cabin Interior / G500 G600

The G600 will follow about 12 to 18 months behind, entering service in 2019, the company said.

Flexjet, a provider of fractional aircraft ownership services, is the launch customer for the two jets. Flexjet signed an order Tuesday for up to 50 Gulfstream aircraft, including the existing G450 as well as the new G500 and G650, Gulfstream said.

A separate agreement with Qatar Airways includes the purchase of up to 20 aircraft, with orders for the G500 and G650ER, an extended-range version whose first delivery is expected in 2015.

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Gulfstream did not provide details on the number of specific airplanes or the financial terms involved in the Flexjet and Qatar Airways agreements.

Shares in parent General Dynamics, a US aerospace and defense company based in northern Virginia near Washington, rose 0.5 percent to $118.89 in afternoon trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

Air France private jet line

Air France rolls out private jet service

Air France private jet line

Air France has teamed with the charter flight operator Wijet to offer a new service to clients flying in its top-of-the-range La Première class.

From the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport or another location in Europe, passengers have the option of continuing their journey aboard a private jet.

Each  private jet has an intimate cabin furnished with just four roomy leather club chairs. Two of them can recline to 140° to allow passengers to fully relax during the flight.

Personal storage space, folding tables and spacious luggage ensure the utmost comfort level for high-end clients, who can enjoy alcoholic beverages, pastries or boxed lunches aboard the flight regardless of the time of day.

The private jets will serve 1,200 airports located within a range of two and a half hours from Paris, both in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Clients of the service are free to choose their own departure time and can take advantage of simplified pre-flight procedures.

There is no need to go through the check-in process, and boarding takes place as soon as the passengers arrive. Upon reaching their final destination, clients can step off the plane with their luggage without delays.

This new service is available starting at €2,400, including taxes and fees to reserve the entire jet for a round trip to or from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The return flight must be made within two days after the outgoing trip.

Travelers can book their trip using the standard reservation methods or through the dedicated La Première customer hotline.

Private Jets tarmac

Uber Launches Private Jet Service to Cannes Film Festival

Falcon 7X

The company best known for its app-based car service is spreading its wings and giving well-heeled film buffs the chance to arrive at La Croisette in some style with the launch of UberJet.

From Monday May 12 until Sunday May 18, Uber app-users in Paris and Nice will be able to book seats on private jet flights travelling between the Bourget airport in the French capital and Nice airport and of course be collected by an Uber car at either end of the journey.

It means that the service will be able to collect you at your front door and deposit you on the red carpet via an app and a partnership with Goodwill Private Jets, the company providing flights for the length of the film festival.

Users of UberJet can travel as individuals or as a group of four passengers. The overall fee for using the service — which includes a car to and from the airport — costs €6490 (automatically split between travelers via the app).

Four Seasons Offers New Private Jet Experience

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Four Seasons has launched a luxury travel package that will take guests on an European vacation centered around art and culture aboard a private jet.

The Backstage with the Arts tour is meant to offer participants access to premier art collections, exclusive musical performances, private dinners and visits to cultural institutions across Europe.

For example, guests will be privy to areas of the Duomo di Milano traditionally closed to the public and a special performance of “Don Giovanni” at the historic Estates Theatre in Prague.

four seasons prague

The luxury package was developed with La Fugue, Paris, which specializes in creating art, classical music and opera-themed travel itineraries.

Other stops include a private, after-hours tour of a UNESCO World Heritage site in Lisbon, the Jerónimos Monastery, and a private tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg followed by a gala at Pavlovsk Palace, once the hunting grounds of czars.

Four Seasons George V Paris

Guests will travel on a private Boeing 757 customized to seat 52 passengers. Onboard meals will be prepared by a Four Seasons chef.

Prices start at $69,000 a person, based on double occupancy for trips leaving April 20 to May 5, 2015.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace