Airbus offers a complete range of aircraft for corporate, VIP and government aviation – from its A318 Elite, Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and A320 Prestige to the widebody A330 and A340, and the A380.
In 2007 Airbus corporate jetliners won 38 firm orders from customers around the world and a total of almost 50 orders and commitments. But what make them so successful?
Airbus attributes its success in the corporate jet market to the greater comfort and space that its aircraft offer over traditional business jets, as well as to their more modern designs.
Consistently rated as one of the world’s best corporate and VIP aircraft, the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) combines the largest cabin in its class with Airbus reliability and intercontinental performance. Continue reading →
The ICON Aricraft, a consumer sport plane manufacturer founded by Kirk Hawkins, an engineer and former US Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, recently unveiled a sporty amphibious plane called the Icon A5.
The A5 features a high-strenght, lightweight carbon fiber airframe and is powered by a reliable, 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine that runs on both auto and aviation gasoline at an estimated top speed of 120 mph. There’s a 20-gallon tank, putting the range at 345 miles.
The two-seat sport plane features an amphibious design with retractable landing gear for flying off both land and water, plus several patent-pending technologies highlighted by folding wings that allow the plane to be easily stored and towed on the road with a trailer.
With oil skirting $130 a barrel and demand for business-class travel slowing, itâ€™s not the best time to launch an airline .
However, Forbes reports that Peter Leiman and Cameron Ogden, two Harvard Business School graduates are launching the new private jet taxi service, Blink, on June 12.
Blink’s current flight plans take you through much of Western Europe and the the tickets are up to 25% more expensive than regular business-class travel for seats on their four-seater Cessna Citation Mustang.
Hawker Beechcraft, the business jet spinoff of Raytheon has released their latest jet, the Premier II.
Evolving from the successful Premier IA, the Premier II will feature higher cruise speeds, a 20 percent longer range with four passengers and an increased payload… while still offering the largest cabin and most technologically advanced single-pilot business jet in the world.
The Premier II will be a twin turbofan, swept wing, light jet aircraft featuring a high-strength, state-of-the-art all-composite fuselage that allows for a medium-jet sized cabin at light jet costs.
The planes will use new FJ44-3AP turbofan engines from Williams International which offer more than 23 percent more thrust from the Premier IA (and have lower emissions than those of the Premier I). Combined with new elliptical winglets which offer reduced drag, the new engines let the business jets hit a maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet and fly farther.
The Hawker Beechcraft Premier II is expected to be put into service in 2010 with orders being taken at present.
Cirrus Design’s The Jet is a next-generation aircraft planned as a transition from the Cirrus SR22.
The jet is not intended to compete with very light jets like the Eclipse 500 and the Cessna Citation Mustang. It is intended for the personal use market and will be comparable to the Diamond Aircraft Industries D-Jet. It will have a parachute, as all Cirrus have, and will be made of a composite material. Certification expected in the next few years.
Cirrus is currently taking $100,000 deposits for the jet. Initially, as a public relations exercise, the company gave deposit holders a drawing of the jet in the form of a jigsaw puzzle, one piece at a time. On June 28, the entire puzzle was completed, and the Cirrus Jet configuration was unveiled.
The Jet will seat seven people. The cockpit will have two seats, and the second row will have two seats as will the third row. There will be a seat that can slide between the second and third row. The Jet will have two doors, and the parachute will be located in the nose.
Mooney Airplane Company has delivered the first Acclaim Type Sâ€”the fastest single engine production piston airplane in the worldâ€”to an Illinois dentist. The Acclaim Type S was introduced by Mooney in October of 2007.
Priced at $599,500, it is powered by a Teledyne Continental Motors IO 550-G engine and equipped with dual Kelly Aerospace turbochargers that allow it to maintain sea level manifold pressure all the way to its service ceiling of 25,000 feet. Its top cruise speed of 242 knots is five knots faster than the original Acclaim and results from a series of refinements that have notably increased its performance.
While its maximum speed is attained at FL250, the Acclaim Type S still operates at near turbine speeds at a more common cruising altitude of 16,000 feet, where it can still exceed 220 KTAS. It comes equipped with Garminâ€™s G1000 integrated avionics suite and GFC 700 autopilot as standard. A TKS anti-icing system is also available, making it the only airplane in its class approved for flight into known icing conditions.
A cadre of senior management from airlines that changed the rules in commercial aviation are now expecting to change the way people own and operate private jets.
Through JetSuite, private jet owners can fly their planes whenever they want and yet still receive $25,000 per month in return for allowing the company to charter the aircraft out to others during any downtime.
JetSuite was founded by Alex Wilcox, one of the founding team members at JetBlue Airways. Continue reading →
Swiss producer of single engine aircrafts Pilatus have introduced the PC-12 NG – where the NG stands for “Next Generation”. As the name suggests, this is the successor to the top-selling PC-12.
The spacious passenger aircraft, with room for nine, has been upgraded to make this NG the largest member of the Pilatus family.
A more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine allows the aircraft to climb up to 30,000 feet. It also boasts a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex avionics system. This is topped off by an aesthetically pleasing cockpit design by BMW Group Designworks USA.[…]
Even its hefty $3.78 million price tag has not been a deterrent, and the PC-12 NG is already more popular than the first. In fact, demand is so high that it is already sold out till the end of 2009.
Don’t have 80 days to travel around the world? American Express cardholders can do it in 24 nights with an itinerary designed by luxury tour operator Abercrombie and Kent. Guests will travel to eight destinations on five continents in a reconfigured Boeing 757, getting an insider’s look at special spots like the Workmen’s Tomb at Giza, lunch with the polo players at the members-only Dubai Polo Club, and five-star accommodations everywhere from Easter Island to Seville, Spain. Travel dates are Jan. 20-Feb. 13, 2009.
The biggest, fastest and the longest-range plane to date has been unveiled. The makers of the private jet that became a must-have accessory for super-rich folks and czars of corporate world, the Gulfstream V, have announced their new model, the Gulfstream 650.
A mock-up of the jet was unveiled yesterday at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Ga., factory, but the designers clearly have their eye on northern New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, the hub for business aviation in the New York area.
It will have a range of 7,000 nautical miles (about 12,950 km) at a speed of 0.85 Mach, which means it would be able to fly non-stop from Los Angeles to London. Continue reading →
Lufthansa has placed orders for seven executive jets from Cessna, the US business aircraft maker, in its first step towards building its own fleet of nine corporate jets operating in the region of Europe and Russia.
The German flag carrier is set to be the first European airline to develop its own fleet of business jets.
Private aviation has enjoyed an unprecedented global boom during the past three years, as corporate executives and wealthy individuals have sought to avoid the increasing hassle, inconvenience and delays of flying through congested hub airports and to use business jets to increase executive productivity.
Several other European airlines have considered entering the corporate jet market, including KLM, the Dutch subsidiary of Air France-KLM, which has recently investigated the fledgling market for air taxi jet operations with four-seat very light jets. Continue reading →
Richard Branson keeps making it easier for the world to travel in style.
He wasn’t going to stop at Virgin Galactic; now he’s launched Virgin Charter, a new online service that lets the uber affluent charter private planes from anywhere in the world.
If the travel bug is crawling around under your skin again, or your, uh, “good friend” wants to take a last minute trip to a romantic destination like San Tropez, just log onto the Virgin Charter site, plug in your destination, and the company will pull up a listing of all the companies that can meet your needs.
With 10,000 private jets flying in the U.S., a few billionaires are signing up for something roomier – jumbo jets that can be outfitted as mobile mansions.
WSJ’s Wealth Report highlights on one such client, a Middle Eastern head of state, who shelled out $300 million on the notorious Airbus 380, an aircraft which is running way behind in its production schedule.
The unidentified buyer, will spend an extra $100 million to turn the craft into a more exclusive conveyance which Airbus eloquently calls “The Flying Palace”. Continue reading →
This is the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, the first private plane that will fly at 1.6 Mach.
The first unit has just been purchased by Sheikh Rashid, the ruler of Dubai. This bird will be able to fly anyone from Paris to New York in just over 4 hours, so even while it has a $80,000,000 price tag, there will be no demand problems for it.
The aircraft specs are amazing: Thanks to its design, the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet will be able to cruise at 1.15 Mach over land without producing any boom on the ground. Continue reading →