Though its predecessor has been a formidable competitor in the super-midsize market, this new model offers even more.
Discussing ethical use of business jets with Taylor Guitars cofounders Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor for this issue’s cover story was refreshing. These are guys who really get it. In fact, they get it so profoundly that they have difficulty fathoming how anyone doesn’t intuitively grasp what constitutes appropriate use of a business airplane. Taylor told me that he has had people ask him for “a ride” on his company’s Gulfstream G450, as if it were a speedboat.
What happens to your airplane’s value when a major fractional program starts liquidating its fleet of the same model?
Dan Drohan serves as chairman and CEO of Solairus Aviation, an aircraft-management and charter company he founded in 2008, just as the Great Recession began. Despite that bad timing, the firm has prospered and now has more than 100 aircraft in its managed fleet.
Often described as the most precious jewel in the Greater Antilles, Cuba has an allure that is hard to resist. For many, the island is “forbidden fruit” because most Americans couldn’t enter the country legally after the U.S. broke diplomatic relations and closed its embassy in 1961. For others, stepping back in time to a place where vintage cars dominate the roads and Internet access is limited sounds like a dream vacation. For me, traveling to Cuba meant a chance to meet the people and hear in their own words how they feel about their neighbors to the north.
In early 2009 XOJet upended the charter industry when it introduced all-inclusive one-way transcontinental U.S. rates of $19,000 aboard its owned and operated fleet of new Cessna Citation Xs (later joined by Bombardier Challenger 300s). Not bad for a company whose majority investor, Lehman Brothers, had gone bankrupt just months before
““Ride-sharing, in the old days, was everyone hopping in the VW bus to see [the Grateful Dead’s] Jerry [Garcia]. Now it’s about getting a seat on a King Air 350i.” Source: New York Times ”