Buyers' Guide

July 1, 2010
Recently released industry forecasts and surveys suggest that interest in business jet travel is on the rise again as fliers revert to their natural consumerist tendencies. Improving economic conditions have yet to translate into an increase in aircraft orders, but the cancellations and deferments that characterized much of 2009 appear to have abated.
July 1, 2010
The only private aviation option that defies comparison to real estate is the
Like home shoppers, private air travelers have only two main options-renting and buying. The numerous other alternatives are just variations on these basic choices, but, oh my, how the marketers of business aviation try to convince consumers otherwise.
July 1, 2010
Like charter, jet cards eliminate the need to buy a capital asset, but they d
If you're like many business jet travelers these days, you may not feel compelled to own an aircraft but still want to enjoy the benefits that having one can offer. The good news is that several options-such as chartering and buying a jet card or fractional share-make it easy to do just that.
July 1, 2010
Business aircraft manufacturing has evolved into a truly global industry, generating more than $150 billion in economic output each year and supporting tens of thousands of jobs. Here are the key facts about each of the major aircraft manufacturers, including data on their parent companies, their 2008 and 2009 business aircraft sales figures and the models they offer.
July 1, 2010
On the following pages, you'll find a guide to available and soon-to-be-available business jets, turboprops and helicopters. The definitions and explanations below will help you get the most out of the data in the tables.
July 1, 2010
The $7.065 million Premier II is Hawker Beechcraft's follow-on to the Premier
The people who build airplanes believe better times are coming. So do many analysts, who predict that aircraft sales will gain momentum by the middle of next year. When that happens, manufacturers will be ready because they have continued to fund research and development of new airplanes.
July 1, 2010
See below for list of manufacturers.
July 1, 2010
Business jet finance probably hit bottom in early 2009. Loans have become much more available since then, but we've yet to return to the halcyon days of 2007, when you could readily arrange 100 percent financing for aircraft at purchase prices that today seem grossly inflated. As Bank of America's Michael Amalfitano pointed out, "The days of aggressive deals at thin pricing are over."
July 1, 2010
Keep in mind that while premiums have dropped dramatically in recent years, t
After three straight years of historically low premiums and greatly expanded coverage offerings, the struggle among aviation insurance companies to gain or hold market share has begun taking its toll. Last year the industry experienced one of its worst for aviation claims since 2001, and 2010 continues the trend.
July 1, 2010
We're all connected these days. We trade information on iPhones, iPads, laptops, Twitter and Facebook. We're talking, texting and e-mailing on our cellphones, and we're downloading electronic books. We're buying and selling everything from stocks to socks on the Internet and making payments on the Web.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts