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Asian customer orders Airbus A320 Prestige‎

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).

Airbus’ 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.
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Airbus A380 Superjumbo Private Flying Palace

Airbus A380 Superjumbo Private Jet Flying Palace

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.

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Boeing luxury jet sales drop

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 the last period between shows, when Boeing sold 33 of the aircraft.

The jets are usually called BBJs when they’re based on Boeing 737s, and VIPs when based on larger airframes.

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Rent A Private Jet, You Deserve It!

With the increasing security issues at airports, it gets even harder to catch commercial flights on time. One way to minimize time spent at the airport is by renting a private jet.

Time is of the essence, especially if you are a businessman or a top corporate executive.

If you are on a tight schedule and you want to take control of your itinerary, then private jet rental is for you. Long queues and other inconvenient security checks are minimized when you rent private jet.

Thus, you can use the time you saved from renting a private jet to close important business deals or spend more time with your family.
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Around-the-World Adventure by Luxury Private Jet

Safari Air, the green luxury private jet charter service, announced today that it is set to take flight on October 15th with the world’s first 21-day “Around the World Grand East Africa Safari.”

The thrilling 25,450-mile adventure includes the Great Pyramids of Giza, Hong Kong Harbor, Taj Mahal and safaris in Tanzania and Kenya.

Designed exclusively for eight passengers aboard a luxurious Gulfstream IV private jet, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure will depart from Orange County, California’s John Wayne Airport.

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Quintessentially Launches iPhone Application

Quintessentially, one of the most established concierge services launched an iPhone Application for its iPhone users today.

The application provides members with luxury insider tips and information on hotels, restaurants and night life events in cities around the world.

The service is available to all iPhone users, but the concierge service requires membership.
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PremiAir launches the London Heliport Shuttle Service

PremiAir announced today (Feb 10) the launch of a new helicopter transfer service – the London Heliport Shuttle.

The new service offers dedicated flights to meet private jet arrivals from the UK’s key business aviation airports, whisking passengers to the London Heliport in Battersea.

The launch recognises the fact that some 40% of PremiAir’s traffic now connects with private jet arrivals into UK airports.
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Bank of America to sell three jets

Bank of America is selling three corporate jets from its fleet
, as well as a helicopter it acquired through its purchase of Merrill Lynch, the company said yesterday.

In addition, the bank is believed to be trying to sell one of its corporate apartments in New York, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The dramatic downsizing came on a day when the bank’s share price dipped below $5 for the first time since 1990. The news follows the fact that both Citigroup and Starbucks have put planes on the market recently.

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Starbucks’ new jet is up for sale

Starbucks is trying to sell the $45 million corporate jet it bought last month.

Starbucks’ new jet – a Gulfstream 550 – has made only 15 flights, according to Avpro’s online sales pitch.

Several of those landings were in Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii, during a two-week trip apparently taken by CEO Howard Schultz.

A Starbucks spokeswoman said the company ordered the 19-seat plane three years ago and determined that canceling delivery would be too expensive.

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Citigroup buys $50 million corporate jet

The New York Post’s Jennifer Keil and Chuck Bennett reported in Monday’s paper that Citigroup is about to upgrade to a new $50 million, twelve-seat corporate jet.

The New York Post, citing “a source familiar with the deal,” reported today that Citigroup executives authorized the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, which seats 12 in leather seats and sofas and includes a custom entertainment center.

Citigroup received $45 billion from the government last year, including a $20 billion emergency infusion in November.

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Top ten private jet destinations

Top ten private jet destinations

When it comes to winter luxury, one ski destination continues to rank top of the list Courchevel in the French Alps, according to leading private air charter broker Oxygen 4, is the ski resort at which to see and be seen.

And even this year, with the credit crunch biting, some of the resort’s most sumptuous hotels were already fully booked six months ago for the peak January fortnight 2-14th with some guests paying upwards of €50,000 to ensure the best accommodation.

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Record 600 Private Jets Descend on Obama Inauguration

Jaws dropped at last year’s record number of 400 private jets descending on the Super Bowl, but the inauguration of President Barack Obama attracted a full-on airborne migration of well-heeled travelers this week.

Robert Frank at the Wall Street Journal reports around 600 private jets landed in D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration ceremonies. One of the four runways at Dulles was even closed off for extra parking.

It’s a veritable record, and more than twice the 300 private jets the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority logged for George W. Bush’s second inaugural. Via: Jets.ru

Embraer Lineage 1000 Corporate Jet

The Embraer Lineage 1000 is largely based on the highly successful Embraer passenger jet, the E-190. Manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer, the Lineage is an “ultra-large” business jet with comfortable seating for 19 passengers but many more in a less comfortable configuration.

The Lineage 1000 is the largest designated jet except for the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jet. The jet also boasts a lavish interior, divided into up to 5 sections including an optional bedroom, washroom with running water, and a walk in cargo area at the rear.

The range of the Lineage 1000 in comparison to the E-190 is nearly double due to its added fuel tanks in the cargo hold. Due to this added range the plane can fly from New York to Brasilia with out stopping. Price : $41 million
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Enjoy The Feeling Of Weightlessness For $3,900

Europe plans to enter the fledgling space tourism market by offering a chance to experience weightlessness to help pay for scientific research.

Novespace, a unit of France’s CNES space agency claims to be leading the field in scientific deployment with a converted Airbus A300 jetliner. With Europe’s space ambitions facing a budget squeeze due to the weak economy, the plan to mix science with adventure was unveiled in a “zero G” flight for European space agency chiefs on a converted Airbus jet.

Passengers feel twice their normal weight during the steep climb and descent but experience 22 seconds of weightlessness along the crest of the arc when engine power is sharply reduced.

The Novespace ticket sales would not aim to make a profit but would help sponsor research carried on board. The price tag would be 3,000 euros ($3,900) for 30 parabolas or 22-second bursts of weightlessness – 11 minutes in all.

Trips like these are pretty affordable and cost a fraction of the $30-35 million paid by wealthy individuals for the ultimate ride into orbit. But the only difference with weightlessness as felt in space is the time spent afloat !

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The Cost of Unlimited Heli Skiing? $80,000

It may be the most expensive Canadian ski pass on the books this season. Great Canadian Heli-Skiing have launched a new lift pass costing CDN$100,000 ($80,000). The exorbitantly priced Platinum Heli-Skiing Season Pass provides skiers with unlimited vertical access to some of the world’s best powder skiing between Golden and Revelstoke.

The pass is accompanied by a personal concierge to keep them up to date with the latest conditions and forecasts. Owners of the pass may ski on every day of the heli-skiing season if they wish, which runs from December 26th until March 28th. This includes even the peak season of February which is traditionally sold out long in advance. Regardless of any other bookings made, the owner of the pass will be guaranteed access to their desired skiing location by one of the company’s A-Star B2 Helicopters.

Great Canadian Heli-Skiing’s Greg Porter explained, « The Platinum Heli-Skiing Season Pass was designed for our more serious skier who felt a single heli-skiing holiday was simply not enough. This unique pass will make multiple heli-skiing holidays simpler for international visitors and single day trips an option for locals and Albertan skiers ».

Looking for something a little more affordable? Then you might be interested in a Bronze, Silver or Gold Season Pass, ranging from $13,000 for eight days to $70,000 for 48 days. These passes also allow you to book last minute and offer the flexibility of shorter duration trips but multiple visits during the same season.

Business Jet Rendez-Vous : Soaring to New Heights in Macau !

We previously reported on the 2008 Macao Business Jet Rendez Vous at the MGM Grand Macao from 24th – 26th October 2008.

The third edition, once again, brought China’s elite business leaders to the most exclusive business aviation platform in Asia.

A record number of the best aircraft, including Bombardier, Cessna, Cirrus, Dassault, Embraer, Eurocopter and Gulfstream were on display at the Macau Business Aviation Center (MBAC), culminating in a much anticipated event attended by over 150 VIPs and aviation experts.

The celebrated event was held at the MGM GRAND Macau and MBAC from October 24th to 26th, attracting China’s most distinguished aircraft owners and potential jet buyers. The event organized by Jet Asia-Pacific magazine offered a unique occasion for the industry to showcase the latest capabilities in the field of business aviation.

For this year’s edition VIP guests were flown in from Beijing, Dalian, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen via private jets and helicopters to the MBAC.

“Following the previous years’ success, we were able to generate more support from the industry to enhance this unique event” said Mr. Walter Wang, Jet Asia-Pacific magazine editor-in-chief.

Aircraft on static display comprised Bombardier’s Challenger 650 and Challenger 850, Cessna’s Citation X, Cirrus S22, Dassault’s Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900, Embraer’s Legacy 600, Gulfstream’s G200 and G450. The Eurocopter EC120 and EC 135 were also on hand at the venue for exclusive helicopter demo flights.

“This event brings a unique true experience to Chinese entrepreneurs and leaders. During their flights to and out of Macau, they can benefit from the advantages offered by business aviation: flexibility, comfort and privacy. I am confident that Chinese will rapidly consider Business Aviation as a support tool to their international development.” said Mr. Jerome Desmazures, Director of Sales for Dassault.

Apart from sampling impressive private aircraft, guests also indulged the unique service, accommodation and facilities at the MGM GRAND Macau. On the first night’s event, guests enjoyed the ‘Jet and Art’ dinner in the Grande Praca dazzled by exclusive masterpieces brought by Opera Gallery. A one-time opportunity to view Chagall, Botero, Chu The Chun, Dali outside their natural exhibition room in this beautiful arena.

On Saturday, various activities were running in parallel. Ladies enjoyed the Bulgari Exclusive Jewellery and Watch Workshop where they were able to preview over 60 pieces of exclusive jewellery and complication watches that are being shown in Macau for the first time while gentlemen were more focused on the Private Jet Workshop, the Exclusive Maybach Experience and the Longfor’s Summer Palace real estate developments.

At night, Mr. Olivier Burlot, Managing Director of Blu Inc Media (HK) Limited and Ms. Pansy Ho, Managing Director of MGM GRAND Macau gave a welcome speech to commence the Gala Dinner. “Undoubtedly, the annual Jet Rendez Vous serves as a networking occasion for business elites to exchange business information and share opportunities with each other. This year, many guests have travelled in private jets from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to MGM GRAND Macau, one of the world’s leading and most respected hotels and luxury entertainment resort. I hope all guests enjoy top-class lifestyle and be content with all the activities and entertainment organized” said Ms. Pansy Ho.

The event culminated in a prestigious ‘Jets and Jewels’ Gala Dinner with an astonishing Bulgari jewellery model show featuring 14 sets of exquisite High Jewellery especially flown in to Macau for this event. This year’s gourmet dining also featured a selection of the finest things in life including champagne from Perrier Jouet and Martell cognac.

Given the success of the event, expect Jet Rendez Vous to be a regular fixture in Asia’s luxury aircraft calendar of events.

Dassault Falcon 7X Long-Range Business Jet

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault has introduced a jet that changes the playing field for business jet manufacturers operators and pilots. That jet is the $50 million Falcon 7X.

Dassault Falcon 7X Long-Range Business Jet

The Falcon 7X is perhaps the most coveted ultra-long range private jet in all of Europe and flies faster, further and higher than its predecessors.

It is the largest Falcon tri-jet business aircraft produced, and Dassault states that the Falcon 7X is the world’s first fly-by-wire business jet.

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Private Jets: Not Just for the Rich and Famous

Launched in May, Geneva-based LunaJets helps travellers to purchase empty leg flights at substantially reduced prices. Empty legs are private jets returning home empty, and LunaJets offers them at prices as low as 50 to 80% off full private jet fare.

Its purpose is to offer passengers who currently fly business class, first class or the ex-Concorde passengers an affordable option to “upgrade” to the many advantages of business aviation travelling.

On lunajets.com you find a list of empty legs within Europe but also transatlantic, to and from Russia and the Middle East. Once you find the one that suits you, logon and buy your flight with your credit card.

LunaJets will call you to confirm your flight and organise your departure schedule. Registration is free, includes a personalized card, email alert on your favourite routes as soon as an empty leg is posted, but also offers an on-demand customized flight quotation service, and very soon a Jet Share forum where you can find other members willing to share a flight with you.

“It is the first time jet operators” explains LunaJets CEO Eymeric Segard, “have the option, for free, to offer and sell their empty leg flights directly and transparently to passengers, who in turn benefit from greatly discounted fares”.

LunaJets has developed a pricing structure that is fixed, and for the first time in the industry, open for all to see. “We calculated prices that are low enough for passengers to pay that extra premium to fly private but high enough to make it interesting for the jet operators.”
He adds “The prices are calculated on the flight time independent of cabin size, and allows passengers to compare our prices with commercial fares and discover the amazing value offered”.

Passengers can buy individual seats on flights shorter than 2h30min such as London to Paris or London to Geneva, or the whole cabin (8-14 passengers) for longer flights such as Dubai to Moscow or Dubai to London
LunaJets works with jet operators who have all their licence and insurance certificates up-to-date and only use aircraft that are younger than 15 years.

With such a simple concept and such an user-friendly website, LunaJets is making flying on private jets accessible to many more, and bringing to the industry new valuable investors.
By offering benefits to both travellers and jet operators LunaJets’ model offers a win-win proposition that could therefore prove to be more sustainable than creating a brand-new airline, particularly during difficult economic times.

Examples of prices

Per seat:

London-Paris €890 ($1,200)
London-Geneva €990 ($1,350)

For the whole cabin (8 to 14 passengers):

London-Moscow €12,500 ($17,000)
London-New York or Dubai €25,000 ($34,000)
London-Los Angeles €50,000. ($68,000)