Aviation

Adam Katz, the genial, effusive founder of the New York–based aircraft charter operation Talon Air, often pilots his planes himself. He also enjoys ferrying clients from place to place in his...
As world travelers know, flying first-class on U.S. airlines, while far from intolerable, can seem threadbare and forlorn when compared to the service and accommodations that some international...
Bombardier’s Skyjet, which offers flight hours on Bombardier Flexjet’s fleet of aircraft as well as on light jets from a range of operators, says it is intent on removing the confusion from flying...
George Bye, CEO of Aviation Technology Group (ATG), im­agines the following scenario: “Take a parking lot full of sedans, station wagons, trucks, and SUVs, and in roars a bright red Ferrari. That’s...
JetPASS, the jet-card program offered by fractional operator Flight Options, has been making changes of late. This spring, JetPASS launched an Ultimate Travel option that allows you to deduct the...
The Boeing Business Jet 3 is not just bigger than its predecessor; it is better. Announced last November, this mammoth aircraft, based on the highly advanced Boeing 737-900ER airframe, includes an...
CitationShares, the fractional operator co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering innovative, accessible incentives. Its Preferred Positioning option, for example, allows discounted...
Some 20 years after it invented the fractional jet business, NetJets continues to dominate the industry in every way. None of the players that have followed it have been able to approach NetJets in...
Now with 11 years of experience under its belt, Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional-ownership program offered by the manufacturer of the Learjet and Challenger lines of business jets, is working...
Marquis Jet, a program offered by NetJets, our Best of the Best Fractional-Ownership Programs selection, combines the simplicity and low financial risk of jet cards with many of the advantages that...
The German aerospace giant Grob made a splash at last year’s Paris Air Show when it announced its new Grob SPn Utility Jet, a light offering that is built with carbon-fiber composites and designed...
Sentient’s Jet Membership program has tripled in the 22 months that CEO Steve Hankin has occupied the pilot’s chair, so it is not surprising that people tend to listen to him. “The commercial...
The Raytheon Hawker 850XP, which debuted last year, has been given new composite-construction winglets—vertical wing tips—to enhance both the performance and the appearance of the proven Hawker 800...
Since 1967, when the late Carl Hirschmann purchased some aircraft hangars in Basel, Switzerland, and named the outfit Jet Aviation, his company has bloomed into the world’s largest aircraft...
To build its high-performance, all-composite Spectrum 33, Spectrum Aeronautical pioneered a manufacturing process that involves a new carbon-graphite material called fibeX and superlight components,...
TAG Aviation, Cessna’s joint-venture partner in the CitationShares fractional-ownership program, also offers charter services, with more than 100 aircraft at over 50 locations throughout the world...
Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger, and Global brands already have significant market share, but the company is not resting on its laurels. Its latest entry, the Bombardier Challenger 605, further...
In 1964, Clay Lacy was the first to fly a corporate jet, a Learjet 23, to the West Coast (from Learjet’s base in Wichita, Kan.). Forty-two years later, Lacy is still flying that plane, and his...
Embraer, a Brazilian company that had been building regional jets and military aircraft, branched into the executive-jet category last year when it introduced the Legacy 600, an ­aircraft that...
Older companies are sometimes perceived as dinosaurs lumbering toward evolutionary dead ends, but Executive Jet Management, a charter operator established in 1964, shows no signs of taxiing in that...
The jaunty little American Legend Cub first flew in March 2005, and in July it was among the first to be certified in the new light sport aircraft category. Customer deliveries began in October, and...
AEXJet has grown far beyond its home in the Rockies. Today, only 20 percent of its flights transit through Aspen, Colo., and the company’s core territory has expanded to include the entire...
If you think the term “kit plane” ap­plies only to little two-seaters that you build in your garage, Epic Air CEO Rick Schrameck wants you to reconsider. The Epic LT is a six-seat, pressurized...
CharterAuction has changed its name to Jets International, but its business model essentially remains the same. The broker combines the fixed-pricing approach that is common in the charter industry...
The Socata TBM 850 six-seat turboprop has been dubbed a “VLJ killer”—a plane that offers capabilities similar to those of the emerging class of very light jets, but at half the operating cost...
People who charter aircraft often find that expenses mount in unexpected ways. Recognizing this, Michael Napoliello, founder and chairman of SkyBridge Private Air, is redefining his company. “Most...
Riva, a member of Ferretti Group, did not take baby steps when creating its new flagship. At 115 feet, the Riva Athena is 30 feet longer than the previous titleholder, the Opera. Crossing the 100-...
We don’t sell just charter service,” says Blue Star Jets CEO Ricky Sitomer. “We sell flexibility. We work for our clients, not the plane owners, and strive to give them every possible option for...
At the end of the day,” says Michael Green, president and CEO of Delta AirElite, “we can’t make our airplanes fly any higher or any faster than anyone else can. So people are our first priority.”...
Just about every problem in our business,” observes JetNetwork COO Paul Svenson, “stems from the fact that companies take on too many clients.” Svenson should know. He helped pioneer the flight-card...

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