Business Jet Traveler

September 1, 2015
Hands sprinkling nuts on food
Charter operators, in concert with catering companies and select restaurants, are enhancing their food service to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace and meet customers’ growing expectations. “We see catering not as an additional cost someone will have to pay, but as another way we can encapsulate our brand and positively affect the customer experience,” says Ian Moore, chief commercial officer at VistaJet, an international charter service that operates Bombardier Challenger and Global jets. VistaJet recently announced that customers who sign up for at least 100 flight hours annually for three years will receive gourmet meals from leading restaurants at no extra charge.
September 1, 2015
Writer Gemma Price enjoys Myanmar.
BJT’s travel writers seem to barely unpack before they’re off again to another far-flung destination; and over the years, they’ve been just about everywhere. We wondered which places rank as the all-time favorites for such seasoned travelers—so we asked. Here’s what they told us.
August 31, 2015
Airforce One
The U.S. Air Force has tapped Boeing to supply a trio of 747-8 quad-engine jumbo jets to serve as the official presidential aircraft, aka Air Force One, at a cost of more than $1.6 billion.
August 31, 2015
It’s no wonder you don’t hear much negative talk about business aviation safety: there’s not much bad news to discuss. The safety record for private, charter and fractional business jets has long been by far the best of all of general aviation, which includes personal, training, sightseeing, utility and owner-flown turbine and non-turbine aircraft. Only the major airlines have a better long-term record. One reason is that they fly on regular schedules to the same destinations, so their pilots follow the same or similar routing, use the same airports and know what instructions to expect from air traffic controllers. Also, U.S. carriers operate under the most stringent federal aviation regulations. They must adhere to pilot duty-time limits and employ drug and alcohol testing, cockpit resource management, safety management systems and standard operations procedures.
August 30, 2015
ACJ350
Five and eight may be small numbers, but Airbus is betting they’ll represent a big difference for its new A350-900 XWB (extra wide body). The model is five inches wider and, claims the manufacturer, 8 percent more fuel-efficient than Boeing’s 787, with which it will compete in the long-haul, twinjet market. In 2018, Airbus expects to introduce a stretched version of the aircraft, the A350-1000, to go head-to-head with Boeing’s even larger 777 twinjet.
August 30, 2015
Hands holding piggy bank
How should you talk to your kids about money? All parents face the question of how to raise financially literate and responsible children, but affluent families encounter special challenges. The key is starting early—perhaps even as soon as when your child receives his first tooth-fairy dollars.
August 20, 2015
The latest products for your aircraft can mean faster Internet connections…and clean dinnerware.
August 9, 2015
Man in front of bee hives
At a growing number of big-city hotels, the buzz about locally produced food is now more literal: resident bees circling back to rooftop apiaries. Chefs who don protective suits and gloves tend the hives, whose honey has become a popular menu ingredient in restaurants merely floors below.
August 9, 2015
A wounded war vet and an inmate with a dog from Puppies Behind Bars.
Puppies Behind Bars trains prison inmates to raise service dogs.
July 29, 2015
Barefoot, my pants legs rolled up to my knees, I survey the horizon of mud, sea, birds and crystal-blue skies before focusing on biologist Heike Niemann as she scoops tiny snails into a screened colander. “Living in these sand grains are more than 800 species,” she says.

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