Aircraft: More Options

Executives at flight options say that JetPass, the fractional ownership provider’s new 25-hour private flight program, has been in the works since 2003. However, the event that served as the impetus for JetPass’ launch took place two years earlier, when Marquis Jet partnered with NetJets, introduced the 25-hour concept, and turned business aviation on its […]

Boating: High Class in Fiberglass

When sales representatives for the German boatbuilder KaiserWerft introduce prospective clients to the 102-foot Ocean of Love, a recent entry to the company’s semicustom Baron line of fiberglass megayachts, they note the boat’s twin 2,000 hp MTU engines, 22-foot-wide beam, and teardrop-shaped windows. However, the most appealing characteristic of the sporty vessel, which the company […]

FrontRunners: Lure to the Cote D’Azur

Revo250 (+33.492.28.70.41, http://www.revo250.com), a new private club operating on the Côte d’Azur, is offering its 250 members access to 15 different models of exotic autos—including an Aston Martin Vanquish and a Lamborghini Murciélago—during their stays in the south of France. With a month’s notice, members can reserve any Revo250 car, which will be delivered to […]

Private Preview 2005: BMW K1200S

The interstate highway traditionally has been the playground for bikes bearing the BMW propeller. But the German manufacturer, known for producing cruisers that can complete cross-country journeys effortlessly, will break form later this year when it releases the K1200S, a track-tuned superbike that promises to earn the company a place among the pantheon of sportbike […]

Private Preview 2005: Mercedes-Benz CLS

When Mercedes-Benz executives huddled together four years ago to develop plans for a brand-new model, they wisely looked no further than their own stable for ideas. After all, there they had the S-Class, Mercedes’ executive sedan, which had become as common a business accessory as an attaché case, and the CL coupe, which was among […]

Private Preview 2005: Perini Navi Maltese Falcon

When Maltese Falcon is completed next year, the 289-foot Perini Navi vessel will become the largest personal sailboat in the world. The ship’s mass, however, will belie its nimbleness. The yacht, which is already spoken for by an undisclosed sailing enthusiast, further demonstrates the ability of the Italian boatbuilder and other shipyards to produce watercraft […]

Shedding Light on the Lightning

for most of the past five decades, the National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed P-38J Lightning remained disassembled in crates in a dusty storage facility in Suitland, Md., denied a space at the Smithsonian Institution’s crowded downtown site. However, in 2001, construction began on the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the museum’s 760,000-square-foot satellite facility near […]

Aircraft: Restricted Access

Trans-exec air service’s Priority Program, which generates the bulk of its revenue, is more akin to an exclusive private club than an aircraft charter service. The Santa Monica, Calif., company is an anomaly in its field, because unlike other charter programs—or other businesses in general—it is not interested in taking on more customers, at least […]

Wheels: Fuel Cell Theory

If the decision is left to a team of eight MIT graduate students, the first hydrogen-powered General Motors vehicle will be available for purchase in 2010, and it will not be a minivan, SUV, or economy sedan like the hybrid Toyota Prius. Instead, it will be a $50,000 Cadillac sport sedan with the equivalent of […]

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