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September 1, 2009
A Falcon 900 needs more maintenance than a Twinjet, but burns less fuel than
A very good airplane is about to get better. The wide-cabin Falcon 900 trijet combines unequaled performance and versatility with a design that has remained popular since deliveries began in 1986. More than 400 are in service.
August 1, 2009
Cessna has suspended development of the Citation Columbus, but its other new
While the recession has certainly affected business jet manufacturers, only one aircraft program has been suspended so far: Cessna's large-cabin Citation Columbus.
June 1, 2009
“Customers love the airplane,” said one operator of the Learjet 40XR. “It has
Cut two feet off the Learjet 45's fuselage, throw out two passenger seats, drain 100 gallons of fuel and this is what you get: a $9.46 million bullet that is sexy, leggy and fast. It's called the Learjet 40XR.
April 1, 2009
To create a clean and spacious look, the Phenom employs upscale automotive-st
Until now, Cessna's Citation Mustang "entry level" twinjet was seen as the unequivocal best of breed. While the Mustang is a fine airplane, its market dominance was not particularly difficult as every other competitor failed to gain FAA certification, slid into bankruptcy, or both.
April 1, 2009
Composites don’t make much difference in weight but enable more efficient man
When Bombardier Aerospace launched its newest from-the-ground-up midsize Learjet-now named the Learjet 85-the company's chief designers made two key decisions. The first, not announced until well after the launch, was that the structure-including wings, fuselage and tail-would be made of composite materials instead of the traditional aluminum used for most business jets.
February 1, 2009
Editor's note: Cessna suspended development of the aircraft reviewed below in April 2009 and then formally cancelled the program in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10, 2009.
January 2, 2009
Honda chose to build, test fly and validate the HondaJet’s performance and ca
If Honda Aircraft founder, president and chief visionary Michimasa Fujino is right, when you step into one of his dealerships to put down a deposit on a HondaJet or get yours serviced, your experience will be a lot more like visiting an Acura dealer than a traditional business jet manufacturer.
December 1, 2008
Business Jet Traveler Television (www.BJTtv.com) has posted an online video companion to the magazine's comprehensive Buyers' Guide 2008.
December 1, 2008
The Lineage 1000 will be able to operate from airports where some of the othe
Airframer Embraer entered the business aviation market in 2000 when it announced the Legacy 600, which it had derived from the ERJ-135 regional airliner. Taking a similar approach with the larger E-190/195, the Brazilian manufacturer has created the Lineage 1000.
October 1, 2008
The engines allow for an astonishing 12,000 hours between overhauls. That is
Uber-barges, such as the 6,000-plus-nautical-mile-range Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier Global Express, are often the launch platforms for passenger comfort and avionics features that later show up on somewhat smaller, less expensive and more limited-range aircraft.

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