Business Jet Traveler

March 10, 2014
Sir Richard Branson (Photo: Margie Goldsmith)
One of the world's greatest entrepreneurs talks about his typically ambitious latest plans and offers a one-word summary of his life today.
March 10, 2014
Santa Monica Airport (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Bizav boosters should aggressively rebut critics. Two recent cases from the Los Angeles area highlight the dangers of not aggressively firing back at general aviation critics, especially those in government.
March 10, 2014
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
A new club lets you try out a different luxury watch every two months.
March 10, 2014
Jennifer Leach English at La Bella Macchina in Palm Beach
Sir Richard Branson is the only person we’ve put on our cover twice, and I can’t think of a better choice for that distinction. In 2008, when we first featured him, a poll in Britain had just named him No. 2 on a list of people parents would want their children to look up to, second only to “a family member” and ahead of both Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela.
March 5, 2014
Illustration: Fotolia
Business jet finance has settled into a predictable—and more sustainable—groove after the mad scramble of 2007 and the deafening silence of
March 5, 2014
A complete gut job on an airliner or a refurbishment of a used VIP 757 would ring the register at about $28 million to $35 million, airplane included.
I remember when I first saw a Boeing 757: While boarding one in 1983. I was struck by the highly cambered wings; the tall landing gear; the nose, which recalled a Lockheed Constellation; and the pair of big, high-ratio bypass engines, which seemed to produce a gentle hum as opposed to a whine. This was elegance and efficiency in motion mated to a comfortable cabin with plenty of headroom.
March 4, 2014
Two NetJets pilots walking out to their airplane.
Hindsight is 20/20—and in the fractional-share business, foresight may at best be about 20/1,000. In a market like today’s and with a rapidly evolving product like fractional, even the most seasoned insiders seem to lack a clear sense of what’s next. 
March 4, 2014
Customers exiting a limousine and immediately boarding their private business jet.
Last Fall, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled proposed rules for enhancing protection for air charter customers. Since then, several influential charter brokers have gone on record as saying the proposals don’t go far enough—even though brokers are the primary targets of those rules.
March 4, 2014
TSA Prohibited Items Bin.
In the decade since 9/11, many new guidelines and rules have been applied to business aviation flights. More could be on the way.
March 4, 2014
A recent CNBC news item noted that Formula One racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone “flipped” his new G650 just weeks after he took delivery. An Asian industrialist who didn’t want to wait out Gulfstream’s order backlog for the popular new model bought it for $72 million—$7.5 million more than the list price.

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“"How many leaders actively seek out and encourage views alien and at odds with their own? All too few...Who in your organization serves as your Challenger In Chief? Interrogating the choices you are considering making? Making you consider the uncontemplated, the unimaginable and that which contradicts or refutes your position? And also challenging you?"”

-Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open: How To Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World