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 both the company and the industry in general.
It says that overall in the first half of 2010, bookings rose by almost a quarter as clients booked to fly to 41 US states, along with Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Italy.
For most people having a luxury jet to yourself is a dream that seems very out-of-reach. Not for multi-millionaire hotel heiress Paris Hilton.
Ms Hilton tweeted a picture of herself yesterday reclining on a bed on her private jet as she flew to Paris, France.
Hilton, was coming from London, about which she Tweeted: ‘I love this city! One of my favorite cities in the world.’
In celebration of Fatherâ€™s Day, Louis Vuitton has selected four different styles of menâ€™s luggage to showcase the Mon Monogram program for the private jet traveler.
On offer are the PÃ©gase 45 ($2,800) and 55 ($3,270) wheeled cabin cases (top row), designed as the perfect accompaniment to private air travel.
The iconic Speedy 40 (bottom left, $1,030) and classic Keepall 55 (bottom right, $1,370) meanwhile make the perfect carry-ons.
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 for fees upfront.
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 and the cabin can be configured for up to eight passengers with a standard, belted aft lavatory.
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 very Teutonic, tech-heavy lounge-style cabin with lay-flat seats, deployable tables, and muted lighting.
Picture a world where the champagne never stops flowing, the music never stops playing, the jewels never come off and the parties never end…
Now throw in haute cuisine aboard mega yachts, flights aboard gilded private jets, exclusive luxury property launches and private previews of the latest couture collections.
Stir up the action with a star-studded guest list and youâ€™re in for three days of absolute indulgence at Hainan Rendez-vous.
From April 2 to 4, societyâ€™s luminaries, A-list celebrities, seasoned jetsetters and connoisseurs will descend onto the sparkling waters of Hainan Island for a unique extravaganza that celebrates luxury living.
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 jet can fly nonstop from New York to London, Dubai to Singapore, or from central Europe to India.
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 for flexibility, costing $42,000 for a light aircraft, $54,500 for a midsize jet and $81,000 for a heavy jet (up to 14 passengers).
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.
Looking for the perfect gift for someone who has (almost) everything?
Then the December issue of Robb Report is a must-have with its exclusive “Ultimate Gift Guide,” perfect for those for whom cost is no object.
And this year, the worldâ€™s most expensive gift is a matching custom private jet and megayacht set costing $500 million.
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 luxury.
It has “all the amenities that you would expect,” including gold-plated seatbelt buckles and sinks in the plane’s three bathrooms.
In addition the plane, has a master bedroom, ladies bidet, and “abundant storage for fine china and crystal,” according to the seller’s website.
Todd Rome, president and founder of air charter broker Blue Star Jets, estimates the jet is worth between $4 and $8 million, but notes that it will be expensive to fly and maintain because of its old age. CNN
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.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s â€˜bling blingâ€™ reputation reached new heights last week when it emerged his new 80 million jet has been named â€˜Carlaâ€™ after his wife.
The French President defied the recession last year to order $390 million worth of planes, including an Airbus designed to be bigger than any flown by other European leaders, and two corporate run-arounds for shorter trips.
The first, a hugely luxurious Dassault Falcon 7X, has now been delivered complete with the hand-painted legend â€˜Carla Oneâ€™ glistening on its side, in honour of First Lady Carla Bruni.
The Queen is to have her own Â£3million private jet under plans to cut the royal familyâ€™s travel costs.
The plane would be used only by the Queen and other royals and would not be shared with ministers.
Currently, the royal family uses two planes from 32 Squadron at RAF Northolt but they are more than 20 years old and are deemed too unreliable.
A new concept in executive and luxury travel memberships is coming next month, which will open the doors to a fantasy world for super-rich seeking access to elite air travel.
Called Air Platinum Club, the concept offers its members the access to a wide selection of luxury travel options ranging from private jets to luxury watercrafts.
The fleet of private jets includes the Gulfstream GIV SP, two Bombardier Global XRS planes, the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 50.
World class Italian luxury goods firm Bottega Veneta has come out with an elegant, extravagant set of alligator luggage for the private jet set.
The luxurious collection consists of six matching pieces harking back to the days when aristocrats required a full retinue of servants merely to look after all their luggage.
The beautiful collection is covered in a superfine and distinctive noce fume rich brown soft-finished alligator skin.
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 its class (100m2).
Airbusâ€™ ACJ Family (Airbus Corporate Jetliner), which comprises the A318 Elite, Airbus ACJ and A320 Prestige, is a line of Airbus aircraft, specially tailored to suit the corporate jet market.
An unkown buyer from Middle Eastern prince has spend £300 million ($482 million!) for a luxurious Airbus A380 private jet, which is being designed by Worcestershire-based firm Design Q.
The converted Airbus A380 is expected to be ready in three years time and will hold the title of the world’s largest private jet.
In a space normally given to 600 passengers, the owner and his guests will enjoy five-star treatment from the moment of arrival.