Buyers' Guide

July 8, 2014
Business jet static display. Photo: David McIntosh
Industry experts continue to blame lack of financing for the failure of business jet orders and sales to recover more rapidly since 2008. “Many sales are lost because prospective buyers can’t obtain financing or can’t obtain it on favorable terms,” says Andrew Bradley, president of global sales at Avjet Corporation. Bradley has even seen a bank require its client to buy a newer, significantly more expensive aircraft rather than provide financing for a slightly more than 10-year-old airplane of the same model. Indeed, relatively few business jets acquired last year were financed at all.
July 8, 2014
TAG Aviation operates more than 50 aircraft in its charter fleet. (Photo: TAG Aviation)
Air Charter Service (aircharterservice.com, NY office: 516-432-5901) Worldwide charter broker has access to more than 50,000 aircraft.   Air Partner (airpartner.com, 888-247-7278)
July 8, 2014
Because hull insurance is based on the aircraft's agreed-to or stated value, there's potential for over- or under-insuring, which can be perilous. (Illustration: John  Lewis)
Your aircraft represents a wonderful business tool but also one of your largest potential exposures to catastrophic loss—one that could wipe out what you have spent years building. The importance of properly insuring against such loss should be obvious. Here’s a look at the most critical coverage types and clauses.
July 8, 2014
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
You’d never call David Diehl “average,” but in many ways he epitomizes the average business jet traveler. Like most readers of this magazine, he regularly utilizes private aviation to maximize family time while simultaneously advancing a high-level career.
July 7, 2014
A flight attendant welcomes VistaJet client Frank McCourt, chairman and CEO of McCourt Global, aboard a Bombardier Global 6000 (Photo: Mark Wagner)
Given the amount of money involved, picking the right way to employ business aviation is one of the most critical financial decisions you can face. Unless you’re buying a whole aircraft, the first choice you have to make is what access model would best suit your needs, be it a fractional share, a jet card or traditional charter. Then you need to decide which company or companies to use.
July 15, 2013
AIR PARTNER, airpartner.com, 888-247-7278. Broker with 24 offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Access to all aircraft categories and types from vetted operators. Has facilitated more than 1,500 presidential and royal flights. Also offers jet cards.
July 15, 2013
AVANTAIR HAS SUSPENDED OPERATIONS. Please see related stories here and here.
July 15, 2013
DELTA PRIVATE JETS, deltaprivatejets.com, 877-541-3548. Delta Private Jets Card provides access to light, midsize, super-midsize and large-cabin jets from Delta’s managed and owned fleet and a network of approved charter operators. No interchange fee or fuel surcharge. Card purchase bestows SkyMiles Diamond Medallion status on Delta Airlines.
June 28, 2013
Jennifer English
Welcome to our sixth annual Buyers’ Guide. This special edition of BJT contains the updated and valuable information you need to be a smarter, more efficient business jet traveler. Below you’ll find just a few of the questions that we address in these pages.
June 28, 2013
Residual Value
If you’re shopping for an aircraft, paying attention to residual-value projections could save you a small fortune.

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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