Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2011
“The CEO and President [at JetBlue]...should have known better. it’s ironic t
Like Richard Branson, who arrived late and left early when I interviewed him three years ago, JetBlue founder David Neeleman seems to be a man in a hurry. He showed up 20 minutes after the appointed time for our talk, exchanged brief hellos and ducked into his office to check e-mail.
April 1, 2011
Cessna improved its odds of market ­success by embracing the tried and true.
Four years ago, when I last wrote about the Cessna Citation Mustang entry-level twin jet, customer deliveries had just begun. Since then, more than 500 have been ordered and about 300 have been delivered. I've had a chance to log some simulator, cockpit and cabin time and talk to several happy Mustang owners.
April 1, 2011
Amenities on one sailing yacht include 21-foot tenders for waterskiing or fis
Once upon a time, sailboats and powerboats represented two different worlds. Sailboats had little engines and big masts; were crewed by outdoorsy folks wearing yellow overcoats to stay dry; and had few amenities. Powerboats had large engines and no masts; were driven by people wearing golfing outfits; and featured such luxuries as air conditioning and blenders for pina coladas.
April 1, 2011
In a world of 14-hour nonstop flights that not only are possible but sometimes required, the need to arrive rested and refreshed is crucial.
April 1, 2011
If your aircraft isn’t delivered until 2012, you can still qualify for 50-per
In what is becoming an annual or ­semi-annual event, President Barack Obama signed a tax bill last December that extended "bonus" depreciation for purchases of new aircraft, including business jets. With each extension, the level of enthusiasm among aircraft buyers and manufacturers has dissipated to the point where new announcements are more soporific than stimulating.
February 1, 2011
Terry Vance said he simply couldn’t take care of business if he had to rely o
"Screw it, let's ride" was the ­position Harley-Davidson took when the economy tanked. So said ex-motorcycle drag racer and ­business jet owner Terry Vance, who thinks the cure for general aviation lethargy could be a page out of the motorcycle company's marketing playbook.
February 1, 2011
"You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation." -Racecar driver Helio Castroneves
February 1, 2011
Swiss Alps
Business jets give you better views of the Earth than you can ever get from an airliner. All you need to capture these glorious vistas are a camera and some basic knowledge about techniques. Here are few tips to get you started.
February 1, 2011
“I have flown in the Legacy, And wow, Embraer is doing an incredible job. I’m
The deep growl of an Audi R8 sidling into the parking lot beside a runway accompanied Helio Castroneves's arrival for our interview at South Florida's Palm Beach County Airport. Turns out the Audi is just one of a stable of hot cars that the three-time Indy 500-winning racecar driver has free access to, thanks to his relationship with car-share club Miami Drive.
February 1, 2011
Nearly two years ago in these pages, we offered a list of songs that could help set the mood on your next flight (On the Fly, April/May 2009). Since the playing time of those tunes totaled less than an hour, you're probably ready by now for some new suggestions. Here they are:

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack