Aviation

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...
It was a moment of triumph, and Sir Richard Branson was savoring it: His VSS Enterprise had just gracefully touched down at San Francisco International Airport to become the first spaceship to land...
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...
Private air travel provider Flexjet leads the industry in terms of offering rare and unique travel experiences. Its Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, which is operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions,...
The newest and largest Learjet, the 85, promises to be the fastest and most spacious aircraft in the midsize class, and the quickest way to acquire one—or rather, a part of one—is to purchase a share...
The GIFT A Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" VIP jumbo jet with a custom interior design and exterior paint scheme. Starting at about $260 million Edése Doret and his associates have created some three dozen...
Give the gift of private travel this holiday season, with the newest offering from private air travel provider CitationAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft. A first for the Greenwich,...
Alex Wilcox is no stranger to innovation. He was the first JetBlue employee, in 1999, before moving to Mumbai to launch Kingfisher Airlines, which has become one of the largest operators in India...
Business is booming for private jet charter provider XOJET . To help accommodate its growing client base—XOJET recently announced 40 percent year-over-year growth for the first half of 2011—the San...
Shoppers in the market for an aircraft can find just about everything that flies at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wis., during the last week in July. That’s when the Experimental Aircraft Association...
Comlux , a charter company based in Zurich, unveiled its latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige. The 200-seat airliner has been reconfigured to hold just 19 passengers. The...
Dassault Falcon , based in Geneva, unveiled the Falcon 2000S with the goal of creating a full-size Falcon with a mid size price ideally suited for an eight-hour flight. With a target price of under $...
The $31.7 million Dassault Falcon 2000LX ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is pricier than the other jets in its class, but it can fly considerably farther and faster than its competition...
Robb Report Private Aviation Advi­sory Board member Kevin O’Leary recently employed 22 criteria to rate each of the current large-jet models. When finished, he had given the Bombardier Global 5000 (...
The cabin of the Gulfstream G450 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the same height and width as that of the larger G550, and it affords the same Gulfstream-signature oval windows that provide...
The Dassault Falcon 900LX ( 201.440.?6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) offers longer range and better fuel efficiency than its predecessor, the Falcon 900EX, because of its lightweight construction and...
The Dassault Falcon 7X ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is perfect for travelers in need of a versatile jet that excels at both medium- and long-range trips. The $50.1 million aircraft nimbly...
Beechcraft’s King Air line has outsold all other twin-engine turbo-prop business planes combined. This distinction speaks to the line’s longevity—47 years and counting—and its quality. Like past...
t 8.3 feet wide and 48.4 feet long, the cabin of the Bombardier Global Express XRS ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) is spacious enough for many owners to justify any additional operating cost...
When Cirrus Aircraft debuted the single-piston, parachute-equipped SR22 10 years ago, the Duluth, Minn.–based manufacturer established new standards for safety, comfort, and performance. In the...
The Gulfstream G550 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the quintessential globe-hopping business jet. Through extra-large windows, light fills the aircraft’s big cabin, which, at more than 7...
Other very light jets (VLJs) might promise more utility, value, and efficiency than the TE500 from New Mexico’s Eclipse Aerospace, but the statuses of those aircraft remain "forthcoming." The six-...
With a 463 mph cruise speed, a range beyond 1,700 miles, and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II ( 561.253.0104, www.piaggioaero.com ) can perform as well as a number...
Last year, Cessna began deliveries of its newest jet, the Cita­tion CJ4. However, because this new $8.9 million model is untested in the market, members of the Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory...

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