Aviation

Known for its clubby mood lighting and for its flight attendants in fire engine–red skirts, Virgin Atlantic soars above the commercial-aviation competition in the style department. The airline’s...
Magellan Jets ’ newest package offers round-trip private jet service from major U.S. cities to the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies (from about $33,000 to $52,000) along with a hotel stay...
Eclipse Aerospace has officially begun production of new versions of its Eclipse 550 personal jet. It features new computer systems, auto-throttles, and integrated avionics that offer synthetic...
Flexjet by Bombardier , which is operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, has teamed up with commercial airline Qatar Airways. The partnership grants Flexjet’s fractional-share owners gold-member...
Between World War I and World War II , the Waco Aircraft Co. of Troy, Ohio, specialized in civilian biplanes, which became a popular means of transportation for traveling businessmen, the postal...
At sea level, the Cessna Citation XLS+ (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) can take off from a runway as short as 3,650 feet and reach cruising altitude in just 15 minutes. Those performance numbers are...
The high-performance Gulfstream G150 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) burns 170 gallons of fuel per hour, making it the most fuel-efficient jet in this category, and the one with the lowest...
Elbow room should not be an issue in the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) , because its cabin is 5 feet 9 inches tall and a full 6 feet wide, giving the jet a cross section that...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can take off in 4,900 feet of runway and climb to a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet in less than 19 minutes. It has a maximum cruise...
For globe-trotting passengers, a roomy and comfortable cabin is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. The cabin of the $49.1 million Bombardier Global 5000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) offers...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) boasts the best range among super midsize jets. It can fly from New...
The Cessna Citation Sovereign (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is a bit of an enigma. Its price ($17.9 million), low fuel consumption (247 gallons per flight hour), and runway performance (it can take...
Formerly known as the Global Express XRS, the Bombardier Global 6000 (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) —which the Canadian manufacturer rebranded last year to better reflect its place between the...
Gulfstream’s Ultralong-Range GV series has long been the private-jet gold standard, and the Gulfstream G550 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) adds to that status. The 43-foot-11-inch-long cabin of...
A descendant of the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer’s best-selling GIV line—which has more than 500 jets in operation—the Gulfstream G450 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) has a 45-foot-long...
Capable of covering 4,600 miles when carrying four passengers, the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) boasts the best range among super midsize jets. It can fly from New...
Practicality, performance, and comfort are trademarks of the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i and 250 (316.676.5034, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) turboprops. The $7 million twin-engine 350i is at the...
XOJET has joined forces with Richard Branson’s commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, to create XOJET Concierge Access.
If King Airs define the turboprop category, then the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II (561.253.0104, www.piaggioaero.com ) redefines it. The curious-looking design elements serve specific purposes in...
The capabilities and cost savings associated with the Embraer Phenom 100 (954.359.3700, www.embraerexecutivejets.com ) have made it the world’s most-delivered business jet in recent years (100 units...
The Cessna Citation CJ4 (316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) entered service in late 2010 as an addition to the Wichita, Kan., manufacturer’s Citation CJ line. At nearly $9 million, the CJ4 is about $1...
The category-crossover aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer are changing the way the industry thinks about business-jet design. The $8.76 million Embraer Phenom 300 (954.359.3700, www...
Offering locked-in flight-hour rates, the JetSuite Card ( www.jetsuite.com ) represents another private-air-travel option from the Southern California–based charter-flight provider. The $100,000 card...
On a recent sunny spring day in Los Angeles, I flew aboard one of the industry’s most innovative new aircraft, the P.180 Avanti II from Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero, departing from Elite...
Count XOJet among the private-aviation companies that appear to have moved past the economic crisis. Indeed, the San Francisco–based charter provider, which has been in business since 2006, seems to...
Bell Helicopter unveiled a full-scale model of its newest helicopter, the 525 Relentless, with great fanfare at the Heli-Expo trade show in February. The 525 creates a new class of helicopter, the...
Anyone who has ever been to a Brazilian churrascaria knows to bring an appetite. On a late-August evening, aircraft manufacturer Embraer hosted a dinner at one of these steakhouses near the company’s...
Cirrus personal airplanes are known for their roomy interior comfort, and now the 2012 edition provides an even more spacious backseat for up to three passengers. Tweaks to the interior side panels...
Cessna’s Citation business jets have long been lauded for their speed, reliability, and performance, but they also have been criticized for their cramped cabins. The company has addressed this...
Consider the new Eclipse 550 ( www.eclipse.aero ) an upgrade of the popular EA-500, which has been on the market since 2006. Eclipse Aviation, one of the first manufacturers to sell a small personal...

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