Business Jet Traveler

March 4, 2014
Two NetJets pilots walking out to their airplane.
Hindsight is 20/20—and in the fractional-share business, foresight may at best be about 20/1,000. In a market like today’s and with a rapidly evolving product like fractional, even the most seasoned insiders seem to lack a clear sense of what’s next. 
March 4, 2014
Customers exiting a limousine and immediately boarding their private business jet.
Last Fall, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled proposed rules for enhancing protection for air charter customers. Since then, several influential charter brokers have gone on record as saying the proposals don’t go far enough—even though brokers are the primary targets of those rules.
March 4, 2014
TSA Prohibited Items Bin.
In the decade since 9/11, many new guidelines and rules have been applied to business aviation flights. More could be on the way.
March 4, 2014
A recent CNBC news item noted that Formula One racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone “flipped” his new G650 just weeks after he took delivery. An Asian industrialist who didn’t want to wait out Gulfstream’s order backlog for the popular new model bought it for $72 million—$7.5 million more than the list price.
February 24, 2014
Dogsledding in Yellowstone National Park.
To witness world-class dogsled racing, you don’t have to fly all the way to frigid Fairbanks to watch the Alaska Open North American Championship or stand at the crowded finish of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.
February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
February 19, 2014
American Express Centurion Card
In exchange for annual fees of up to $7,500, they offer benefits that even ultra-high-net-worth customers are likely to appreciate.
February 17, 2014
Agusta AW169
For decades, the Sikorsky S-76 has been the gold standard in corporate helicopters. With more than 800 sold since its introduction in 1979, the model combines futuristic styling with a large cabin, speed and solid all-weather capabilities.
February 10, 2014
A wing with extensive icing.
Today's jets can handle most weather, but pilots of smaller aircraft sometimes need to sidestep trouble.
February 3, 2014
Chief selling points of airline-operated business jets include the companies' reputations, seamless connections to their commercial flights and use of their VIP lounges.
Some commercial carriers are hopping aboard the private jet bandwagon.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais