Flying

June 14, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Apps for booking charter flights on smartphones and tablets continue to mature as accepted wisdom loses weight: it turns out that more and more convenience-minded customers are indeed willing to consummate five- and six-figure transactions without speaking to a human. 
June 12, 2016
Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns NetJets.
I  once kept Warren Buffett waiting for me for half an hour. OK, it wasn’t just me. I was among a group of business aviation journalists who were delayed en route to an important PR event.
June 5, 2016
Bombardier's Challenger 850
You’ve long been able to obtain ultra-large-cabin comfort for around $10 million by converting a used regional commuter jet into a first-class executive aircraft. That has seemed like a hard-to-beat bargain for business jet travelers who crave roomy cabins—until now.
May 22, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
I once referred to New York’s LaGuardia Airport as aviation’s equivalent of the Black Hole of Calcutta, but several readers objected, on the ground that the comparison was unfair to the Black Hole.
May 16, 2016
Taylor Guitars' Kurt Listug with the company's productivity-enhancing Gulfstream G450. PHOTO: JEFF BERLIN
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.
May 8, 2016
You have room to move on an ACJ318.
Maybe your group is too big to fit in a large-cabin business jet, or perhaps you and your travel companions simply want more space than those aircraft provide. Either way, you may be a candidate to charter a so-called bizliner—an airliner model that has been reconfigured for private use. 
May 3, 2016
Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways, is stepping up the expansion of its fleet with the recent arrival of a second Gulfstream G650ER aircraft. The long-range jet, which can fly non-stop from the Middle East to North America, is part of an order for thirty Gulfstream aircraft that will eventually include the new G500 and G600 models.
May 1, 2016
Man pondering decision.
Fractional providers are refreshing their fleets, taking delivery of new models in the industry’s first major upgrade wave since the 2008 economic downturn.
May 1, 2016
The Dassault Falcon 8X business jet is due to enter service in the second half of 2016. The French manufacturer is conducting a series of demonstration flights to prove that all aspects of its performance are as they should be. One of the first flights brought CEO Eric Trappier to New York to visit Dassault’s U.S. headquarters, where he spoke to Business Jet Traveler.
April 24, 2016
credit: John Lewis
Our airliner was on final approach to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport when a flight attendant decided to grab a mic and start warbling Willie Nelson’s country-western ballad “Crazy.” Not Nelson’s own smooth-as-pudding rendition of the song or the plaintive Patsy Cline version, but rather a caterwauling, off-pitch, screeching interpretation that, as the airplane descended, probably had most of the cats in North Jersey looking to the night sky with alarm.

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