Business Jet Traveler » June 2008

June 1, 2008
The first annual Gulf VIP Executive Jet, Luxury Yacht & Elite Car Interiors exhibition is scheduled for November 11 to 13 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center and Bahrain International Airport. More than 150 exhibitors and approximately 5,000 visitors are expected at the show.
June 1, 2008
An FAA proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a "bad idea," according to the National Business Aviation Association. The key element of the FAA's proposal is to allow a two-part landing fee based on operations and aircraft weight.
June 1, 2008
A group of former JetBlue executives have launched an operation designed around the Embraer Phenom 100. The company, JetSuite, has ordered 50 of the very light jets with options for 50 more, and plans to lease the aircraft to customers. First deliveries are expected next April.
June 1, 2008
The old joke about Hawkers is that not only are they built like bricks-they fly like them, too.
June 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but also by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the South Central U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
June 1, 2008
For technology lovers, today'sbusiness jet cabin is a wonderland, offering everything from moving-map displays with satellite photos to in-flight use of a BlackBerry. And every time you think you've seen it all, along comes another innovation-often for less money than you paid for the product it replaces.
June 1, 2008
Just a few years ago, the term "FBO" would have drawn blank stares throughout most of Asia. Today, the region is savvier about general aviation and more focused on making itself hospitable for private aircraft. Still, travelers should not expect Western-style infrastructure or support.
June 1, 2008
The Gulfstream GV was the first true long-range business jet. There are many impressive things about it, but perhaps the most salient is this: Last year alone, the value of a used GV shot up 18 percent. In 2002, a new GV sold for $43.2 million. Last year on the used market, that airplane commanded $45.5 million.
June 1, 2008
Around the second week in June, schools of northern pike suddenly appear in the sandy-bottom shallows of tea-colored Wollaston Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan. These are lean, gold-green creatures with dark, inset eyes imbedded in long, fierce snouts sheathing multiple rows of sharp, sinister teeth. They are sunning themselves.
June 1, 2008
Parked in a vast grassland in central Africa, you watch one of nature's most incredible spectacles: the so-called "Great Migration" of two million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles on their annual 1,800-mile search for water and green pastures. From your safari vehicle, you see the animals crossing the savannah, sometimes ambling in single file, sometimes galloping madly through a dusty cloud.

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