Business Jet Traveler

July 5, 2015
Buyers who face long waits for a new airplane may consider leasing on a short-term basis. (Illustration: John Lewis)
An aircraft buyer waiting for delivery of his new Gulfstream G650 once complained that the manufacturer “wasn’t promoting instant gratification.” Who could blame him? The scheduled delivery was eight years away. With a wait like that if you don’t have another aircraft that you don’t mind flying for the better part of a decade, you might as well buy one to tide you over.
July 1, 2015
Chris Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital
He sold sweaters door-to-door to fellow students at Ithaca College. That turned out to be his first step on the road to becoming a billionaire.
June 30, 2015
As a charitable trust grows, its annuity will grow. (Illustration: John Lewis)
Are you facing the enviable task of trying to make a huge capital gain disappear legally? Well, if charitable giving is also on your to-do list, you should consider a charitable remainder trust.
June 29, 2015
Helicopters have been assisting in rescue efforts in the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake.
Some of the helicopter pilots who participated in the recent Nepal earthquake rescue effort have been trained in an innovative recovery technique taught by Air Zermatt CEO and pilot Gerold Biner.
June 22, 2015
Jet cards have their benefits, including consistent service and guaranteed aircraft access. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Growth could literally be in the cards for the bizav industry. Sentient Jet, which claims 4,000 jet card customers, reports 35 percent sales growth for 2014, while card purchases at Delta Private Jets set records last year and card hours flown in NetJets’ Marquis program saw double-digit growth.
June 22, 2015
A suite at Dubai's Burg-Al-Arab hotel might cost $24,000 a night.
You know things are out of control when the Burg-Al-Arab starts to seem like a bargain. The Dubai hotel, designed in the shape of a sail billowing over Jumeirah Beach, has long been considered the model of ultra-luxury for those who desire an over-the-top lodging experience. If you really want to impress your in-laws, you can book the Burg-Al-Arab’s marble-and-gold-filled Royal Suite, which comes complete with a dining room for 12, a library, a cinema room and a team of butlers to cater to your every whim. The tab: approximately $24,000 a night.
June 16, 2015
Press restaurant in California's Napa Valley (Photo: Clay McLachlan)
Napa Valley has many fine dining spots, but it’s hard to beat Press for gourmet American cuisine. Chef Trevor Kunk’s outstanding main dishes include a succulent New York strip steak and a rotisserie-roasted Fulton Farms whole organic free-range chicken, which is expertly brined, then seasoned with a magician’s rack of spices.
June 15, 2015
Winecruzer's hard shell rolling wine case.
Found a great vintage while traveling and wondering how to get it home safely? Wrapping a piece of clothing around a bottle and placing it in your suitcase is the most common way of transporting wine, but it might not be the best.
June 14, 2015
Photo: Fotolia
The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, rank among the world’s most distinctive and abundant wildlife destinations. Roughly 9,000 species live here and in surrounding waters. The mostly uninhabited isles are like a natural-history museum, except the animals aren’t stuffed—they’re wild. Exploring the Galapagos, I often felt as if I was walking in an exotic zoo without cages.
June 14, 2015
Cessna's CJ3 offers long-range and a spacious cabin.
Cessna’s entire line of Citation CJ light jets has remained popular over the years. Offering varying degrees of stretch of the same diameter fuselage, the models share certain characteristics. But talk to CJ owners and it quickly becomes apparent that one variant stands out above its siblings as the perfect combination of range, performance and operating economics: the seven- to nine-passenger CJ3, which first entered service in 2004.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts