Buyers' Guide

July 1, 2010
You end up with nearly the equivalent of a new $53.25 million Global Express
At a time when the business aviation industry is showing signs of recovery, you may be wondering whether it makes more sense to update a used airplane or buy a brand new one from a manufacturer. Some brokers, analysts and consultants say you're now often better off putting money into a good used aircraft-one you buy or one you already own-than opting for a factory-fresh model.
July 1, 2010
As business jet owners and operators began cutting flight hours and expenses during the recession, the caterers who serve the industry were among the first to feel the effects.
August 1, 2009
I'm a numbers guy, always have been. I can remember studying the stock quotes in The Wall Street Journal when I was a kid, scanning for companies I recognized and trying to recall what my father had said about the importance of each column of tiny figures.
August 1, 2009
On a recent airline flight, a CNBC reporter noted a businessman, whom he did not know, sitting one row ahead and across the aisle from him. "For nearly the entire five-hour flight from Newark to Los Angeles," the businessman's laptop computer "was wide open," wrote the reporter, who covers the pharmaceutical industry.
August 1, 2009
Charter operators employ more than 300 makes and models of business aircraft,
Corporate aviation has been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn. But the charter field may do relatively well, according to some industry insiders, as business jet travelers seek less costly alternatives to fractional jet shares and ownership of whole aircraft.
August 1, 2009
Upgrading or downgrading to larger or smaller aircraft tends to be much less
"I just spent eight hours in the Atlanta airport waiting for a delayed airline flight. I missed my connection, wasted a day and had to reschedule the trip. This has happened too often. I want to fly privately and I have brochures from fractional and jet card programs. But I'm not sure which one is right for me and I can see that making the wrong choice would cost me a bundle.
August 1, 2009
With manufacturers adding a dizzying number of derivative models to their lineups, classifying the available crop of business jets is becoming harder than ever. In an attempt to make better sense of the groupings, Business Jet Traveler uses cabin volume as the chief attribute defining the cutoff points for each category.
August 1, 2009
“Eighteen months ago, there was some overpricing. Now, it’s a buyer’s market
Many individuals and corporations are deciding to keep the jets they have rather than upgrade. Others are taking advantage of a weak market to buy used models at bargain prices. For those in either camp, interior refurbishment offers an economical way to extend the life of an aging cabin.
August 1, 2009
Despite the recent public flogging of owners of private jets for allegedly engaging in wretched excess, we suspect that cabin completion and refurbishment centers have yet to meet an owner who wants a cabin with Naugahyde seats, paper plates and plastic champagne glasses.
August 1, 2009
If you crave having worldwide access to e-mail after takeoff, there's really only one choice: Inmarsat's mobile satellite communications services. Well, actually, there are two choices, both from Inmarsat: Swift64 and SwiftBroadband. Swift64 provides download data transmission speeds of 64 kilobits per second (kbps) per channel maximum.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham