Business Jet Traveler

August 1, 2011
A friend once recounted his story of a jump-seat ride aboard an Aeroflot airlines Tu-154 during the 1980s. After the Russian trijet had reached cruise altitude, the flight crew broke out a bottle of sherry and began celebrating, because they had managed to survive another takeoff in an airplane not known for its reliability.
August 1, 2011
Sometimes several ­airplanes will converge on the airport nearest the donor’s
After the injured first officer stumbled out of the Cessna Citation that crash-landed at Birmingham [England] Airport last November, he explained to the first firefighter on the scene that the wreckage contained a donated organ, according to BBC News.
August 1, 2011
Zaher Deir, managing director of jet connections, claimed its program will ma
Perhaps you like everything about ­fractional ownership except the ownership part. You want to be able to count on having the same model aircraft for every flight and the idea of sharing expenses with others appeals to you. But maybe you can't come up with the cash to purchase a fractional share or can't use the tax benefits that accompany ownership.
August 1, 2011
Although slightly slower than the Gulfstream G200, the Legacy 600 can fly non
Morphing a commuter jet into a bizliner is no easy task, but Embraer has succeeded with the Legacy 600. The aircraft is based on the wildly successful and rugged EMB 135, a 37-seat commuter jet. When introduced in 2002, the Legacy offered a simple value proposition: a capacious cabin on par with that of a Gulfstream GV–and for half the price. Today, used Legacies are an even bigger bargain.
August 1, 2011
Activity in the preowned market continues unabated, yet at a measured pace. In fact, inventory levels are now about where they were in October 2008 (and climbing for almost a year), when the calamity on Wall Street reverberated around the globe and dealt a devastating and unprecedented blow to the new and used aircraft business.
August 1, 2011
Hole No. 17
The hard part about designing a cliff-top golf course like Royal Isabela is making the inland holes interesting.
June 1, 2011
You can say this for Donald Trump: He’s still standing. In fact, he’s flying—and getting ready to trade up from his gold-plated but aging Boeing 727-100 jet, which has two conference rooms, a master bedroom and seating for 24. His new ride: a Boeing 757-200 that’s about twice as big.
June 1, 2011
Rather than having individual customers bring their airplanes in for revampin
The protagonist in the 1970s American television show The Six Million Dollar Man was an injured astronaut who’d had various mangled body parts replaced with bionic ones that gave him superhuman abilities. All of this is recounted in the show’s opening credits, while the narrator enthusiastically intones, “We can make him better than he was before.
June 1, 2011
There are probably as many reasons to fly privately as there are private flyers. But you can subdivide the species into types, to a degree. Of course, the characteristics may overlap, but here are three examples:
June 1, 2011
Adam Scott
Australian golfer Adam Scott–the subject of BJT's October/November 2008 cover story–tied for second place in the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April. This was his best finish ever in a major championship event.

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“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”

-retired Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer