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Introducing a first in class program, the JetOptions Travel Experience Series: A yoga retreat set in beautiful Tulum, Mexico

January 30th, 2015

Introducing a first in class program, the JetOptions Travel Experience Series. The first event in our highlighted series is a yoga retreat set in beautiful Tulum, Mexico. Taking place February 10th through February 15th. Los Angeles based celebrity yoga instructors Ali Owens and Janice Chiou will lead a special program of yoga for the mind and body over Valentine’s Day, and this year, President’s Day weekend. Located on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast Sanara Tulum is a boutique hotel created with the eco-luxury fitness traveler in mind.

The resort is located in Quintana-Roo Mexico located South of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Private jet travelers will land Cancun International Airport and will travel down the coast by private car to the resort property approximately one hour and twenty minutes away.

Tulum is famous for its pure white beaches and perfect scenery. It’s also the scene of many famous photography campaigns due to the exquisite natural beauty. Clients will also be treated to an outing to the ancient Mayan archeological site which uniquely sits right on the beaches and is located a few miles from Sanara itself. The Mayan Ruins are the gateway to the Sian Ka’an biosphere, an additional 64km of virtually untouched Caribbean coastline.

We are pleased to offer this exclusive retreat to our busy clients. It’s a chance for relaxation and celebration of health with other like-minded individuals, while also allowing for rejuvenation on your own.   You are welcome to take part in the twice daily yoga sessions as you desire.

In addition to twice daily yoga classes this package includes food and beverages, 5 nights of accommodation in the hotel in either a Plum Suite overlooking the beach garden. The Plum Suites have a generous space and private gardens with bathtubs set on the ground floor and spacious decks for the upper and lower levels. These rooms are $2,400 for Double Occupancy and $3,800 for Single Occupancy.

The private Papaya bungalows are nestled within the jungle near the beach garden and are equipped with a king-size bed and surround a private pool area. These rooms are $2,000 for Double Occupancy and $2,800 for Single Occupancy.

All of the rooms at Sanara Tulum have air-conditioning, 24 hour electricity, a wifi connection, a private deck or balcony, beach towels, Sanara Spa products, and yoga mats. Additional information on the resort is also available on the Sanara Tulum website and on Ali Owens’s personal website www.aliowens.com/valentines-day-retreat-to-tulum-mexico

Flying times and jets?

 

For more information on your instructors visit www.janicechiou.com and www.aliowens.com. To receive a quote for a Private Jet to this retreat visit JetOptions Tulum Retreat page

Celebrities and Private Jet Travel -in Pictures, NetJets Prevails in IRS Lawsuit, FAA Notam for Super Bowl

January 28th, 2015

This is what we found interesting for today’s post: The first article is a selection of pictures of celebrities and private jets from the UK telegraph. There are pictures ranging in dates from the 1970’s to present day. Then as now, the rich and famous have travelled in style. Next is a story that we have been covering since 2011. It involves fractional powerhouse NetJets and the IRS. You know you are big when you are willing and able to take on the IRS. It looks like NetJets has partially prevailed over the IRS regarding abatement of federal excise taxes that we have to collect in the charter industry. Since our readers travel quite a bit, we have an article about the Radisson Hotels winning TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2015. Last is the FAA notice for air traffic for the Super Bowl which is being played on Sunday.

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The private jet set: How rich and famous celebrities travel in style, in pictures

Here is a selection of celebrities and the private jets they use:

Citation CJ3 and Harrison Ford

Citation CJ3 and Harrison Ford

Rolling Stones private jet

Rolling Stones private jet

Donald Trump private jet

Donald Trump private jet

Cristiano Ronaldo private jet Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo private jet Lisbon

Continue looking at more pictures celebrities and the private aircraft they use on telegraph.co.uk »

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has recognised 50 Carlson Rezidor properties across Europe, the Middle East and Africa at its TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015. For the 13th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

Out of a list of more than 7,000 hotels worldwide, Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels have been nominated in the Top Hotels, Best Service, Luxury, Bargain, Family and Inns B&B categories.

Continue Reading On webwire.com »

NetJets Prevails in Lawsuit against IRS

A 2011 lawsuit that NetJets filed against the U.S. government has been resolved in the fractional-share company’s favor. The lawsuit stated that NetJets sought “refund and abatement of excise taxes, interest and penalties totaling $642,706,119.89, which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has illegally assessed against them under section 4261 of the Internal Revenue Code.”

Continue reading about the NetJets lawsuit in AINOnline.com ->


FAA Issues Notam for Phoenix as Big Game Approaches

With hundreds of business aircraft set to descend on Arizona over the next few days for Super Bowl XLIX, the FAA has issued a notam outlining traffic management procedures for those planning to operate into and out of the eight affected Phoenix-area airports. While there will not be a slot-based traffic management program instituted, the agency has established structured arrival and departure routes for business jet operators, and any incorrect filings from those routes could result in delays as ATC will have to amend the routes manually, NBAA said.

Private jet charter Super Bowl XLIX 2015

For all aircraft operating to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley, Glendale, Phoenix Goodyear, Scottsdale, Chandler, Falcon Field and Williams Gateway airports, reservations through local FBOs will be required from Thursday until Monday.

Continue reading about the FAA notice for Super Bowl XLIX AinOnline.com->

Aircraft ready for Super Bowl XLIX. JetOptions has your private jet ready for the big game in Arizona. Charter Private Jet to Super Bowl 2015

January 25th, 2015

Charter Private Jet to Super Bowl XLIX

Private jet charter Super Bowl XLIX 2015

The winners of the AFC and NFC championships have been decided. This past Sunday the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots won their victory over the Indianapolis Colts. This year’s Super Bowl XLIX is a West Coast vs. East Coast contest taking place in the American Southwest. Glendale, Arizona is the home of the University of Phoenix Stadium. This is the third Super Bowl they have hosted and they are ready to welcome back all of the fans of the National Football League.

Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX will be played in Phoenix and shown on NBC

If you are considering travel to Super Bowl 2015 by private jet contact JetOptions as soon as possible to arrange for your flight into Glendale Municipal airport. The FAA has preset standards for flights surrounding large sporting events and imposes a flight ban radius on the day of the game. These flight restrictions go into effect on January 29th and are not lifted again until Monday February 2nd to accommodate increased flight demands at the closest stadium airport.

If you have a delay in planning, not to worry. There are other nearby airfield choices in the event your first choice is not available. Ground transportation can be arranged for you either by town car or executive limousine services depending on the size of your party. Call us today to discuss which charter aircraft best meet your needs. To get you started, here are a few of the many JetOptions we have available to you for game day or even game week travel.

If you are new to private jets, keep in mind that you are leasing the entire aircraft for the flight. Quotes may be provided as one-way or round-trip.  Depending on class of aircraft and prevailing winds, flying times from Seattle WA to Glendale AZ are under three hours. For East Coast departures into Glendale AZ flying times are around five hours.

There are 6 airports in the area that will be receiving air traffic for the Super Bowl. The official website of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has a very informative website that includes an interactive aviation map that shows information, distance, ground transportation access and more for each the airports in the area:

Official website of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee screenshot

A Light Jet will typically carry between 5 to 7 passengers and will include Learjet, Cessna Citation V, and Hawker 400. A light jet from Dallas to the Super Bowl in Glendale AZ would start at around $13,500.00. Request a no obligation air charter quote to Super Bowl

Hawker 400XP exterior and interior

Light jets include the Hawker 400XP

A Mid-Size Jet can seat up to 9 passengers depending on configuration and includes the larger Citations II and III, Hawker 850 and 900 series, Gulfstream G100 and 150, Learjet 45 to 60, to name a few. A charter from Miami to the Super Bowl would start at around $34,000.00. Request a jet charter quote to Glendale, AX home of Super Bowl XLIX

Hawker 850 exterior and interior

Midsize jets include the Hawker 850XP

The Super Mid Jet will carry the same 9 passengers with a longer flying range and may include a large galley and other luxuries found on larger jets. Some examples of jets in this class are the Challenger 300, Citation Sovereign and X, Falcon 50, Gulfstream G200 and G280, and Hawker 1000 and 4000. Charter rates for a super mid from Chicago to the Super Bowl would start at around $37,000.00. Request a no obligation private jet charter rate to Super Bowl 2015

Citation Sovereign exterior and interior

Super mid jets include the Cessna Citation Sovereign. You and 8 friends can travel to the Super Bowl

Heavy Jets are second only to Airliners in seating capacity and flight range. Heavy jets can seat from 10 to 15 passengers depending on they are configured. Flying up to 4000 miles in a single leg they offer luxury in addition to their size and speed. Jets included in this class are the Challenger 604 and 605, Falcon 2000, 7X, and 900EX. the Global series aircraft, Gulfstreams like the G450, and the G650 and the Embraer heavy jets like the Legacy 600, Legacy 650, and Lineage 1000. A heavy jet aircraft charter from New York to the Super Bowl in Arizona would start at around $52,000.00. Request private jet charter prices to Super Bowl

Gulfstream G650 exterior and interior

You can arrive to the Super Bowl in a Gulfstream G650

You can view all of our available aircraft at http://www.jetoptionsjetcharter.com/fleet. Too many choices? One of our helpful staff can get you started on the best aircraft for your trip to the 2015 Super Bowl.

Some of our clients prefer to zip in and zip out exclusively for game day. We can assist you in timing your arrival and departure from Glendale. If you’re traveling a few days before you may consider taking advantage of the other celebrations leading up to Sunday, February 1st.

DirectTV is sponsoring the Super Fan Festival located at Pendergrast Family Farm across from the University of Phoenix Stadium. Festival dates are Wednesday January 28th through Friday January 30th beginning at 5p.m. daily. Twelve musical guests will include the Zac Brown Band, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg. Tickets and VIP packages are available for single day or three day festival entry.

Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment district will host the Super Music Series starting Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, February 1st. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. each night from January 28-31, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Game Day. Admission is free, and will feature a different genre of music each night. In addition Westgate District will host the Prime Sport VIP Pregame Party. This year’s celebration will be hosted by Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Famer, NFL’s all-time rushing leader, NFL Most Valuable Player and three-time Super Bowl Champion. Super Bowl ticket packages with VIP Hospitality packages are still available.

Whether you are planning travel to a sports event, on-site business meetings, or even your next vacation, JetOptions is here to assist you with all of your Private Jet travel needs. From ground transportation, catering, on-board wireless, traveling with your pets, whatever the need may be. We can accommodate your travel both in the U.S. and Internationally. Call us today to speak to a professional Private Jet Travel executive. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year at (888) 535-9538. Or simply request a no obligation air charter quote

JetOptions Adds Two More Mid and a Super Mid Aircraft to Roster of Jets Available for Charter

January 23rd, 2015
In today’s post: We now have access to 3 more jets that you can charter.  Boeing and Embraer are partnering for research into biofuels. Embraer’s fourth quarter deliveries are down from a year ago -but only slightly. Analysts say that pausing the Learjet 85 is not all bad especially for their competition like the Citation Latitude and the Legacy 500.
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JetOptions Adds 3 More Aircraft to its Roster of Jets Available for Charter

JetOptions’s network of aircraft available for charter has increased by 3. JetOptions has added a Hawker 1000, a Learjet 45XR and a Learjet 60.

The Hawker 1000 is a super mid jet that can seat up to 9 passengers. It has a range of 3,262 miles which means you can go in the US from coast to coast or go from the west coast to Hawaii. It’s amenities include Wi-Fi, Airshow, A/C outlets and an enclosed lavatory to name a few. The aircraft will be based in the northeast.

Hawker 1000 exterior Hawker 1000 cabin

 

 

The Learjet 45XR is a super light or midsize jet (depending  on who you ask) that can seat up to 8 passengers in comfort. It has a range of 2,387 miles which can take you non stop from Scottsdale to Miami. An enclosed lavatory, Wi-Fi, Airshow and A/C outlets are among some of the amenities the aircraft offers. This aircraft is based in north central US.

 

Learjet 45XR exterior Learjet 45XR

 

The Learjet 60 we’ve added to our network seats 7 passengers. The mid size aircraft has a range of 2,969 miles and has an neclosed lavatory. This aircraft can quickly and easily take you non stop from Chicago to San Francisco. The aircraft base will be in the southwest and includes the amenities you have come to expect: Wi/Fi, Airshow, and A/C outlets among others.

 

Learjet 60 for charter learjet 60 for charter midsize jet

 

 

You can see what other aircraft we have available for charter here: http://www.jetoptionsjetcharter.com/fleet

Boeing and Embraer Researching Biofuels, Embraer Sales Down, Learjet 85 Program Halt Could be Good for Business

January 22nd, 2015

Boeing and Embraer are partnering for research into biofuels. Embraer’s fourth quarter deliveries are down from a year ago -but only slightly. Analysts say that pausing the Learjet 85 is not all bad especially for their competition like the Citation Latitude and the Legacy 500.

If you like what you read or have any comments, feel free to leave them at the bottom of the post, and if you have any ideas for content you would like to see, please send it to us.

Boeing, Embraer Partner to Bring Biofuels to Brazil

Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in Brazil. The collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry is located at the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park, where the companies will coordinate and co-fund research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

Continue Reading On aviationtoday.com »

Brazil-based Embraer delivered 52 business jets and 30 commercial jets during the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.

Business aircraft deliveries for the quarter were down slightly from 2013, when Embraer delivered 53 executive jets, including 38 light jets and 15 large-cabin jets, during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet

For the year, the company delivered 116 executive jets, including 92 light jets and 24 large jets…

Continue Reading On http://www.aviationweek.com »

Bombardier Aerospace’s decision to pause its Learjet 85 program should not be seen as a sign of weaker demand for Cessna’s or Embraer’s competing products, analysts say.

Bombardier Learjet 85

The Learjet 85 pause, in fact, is good news for the competition, Jefferies analyst Howard Rubel wrote in a note to investors.

“This should be viewed as a positive for all other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), particularly the Embraer Legacy 500 and Cessna Citation Latitude models,” Rubel wrote.

At the same time, experts predict a decent increase in demand for business jets in 2015, with small and mid-size business jets showing more progress.

Continue Reading On http://www.aviationweek.com »

NetJets Europe Begins Shedding of Falcon 7X Fleet, Home Tech for Business Travelers, 2014 Business Travel Spending Increased

January 19th, 2015

The first story in today’s post is about NetJets Europe and how they are getting rid of their Dassault Falcon 7X fleet in favor of the Global Signature Series. The Signature Series was first unveiled at NBAA 2012 to great fanfare and at that point there were questions on whether they would continue using the Falcon since their performance and range overlapped each other. Since many of our readers are frequent business travelers we picked the second story about a home tech gadget. It’s a smart lock that can provide you, as well as guests or other designated persons, entry into your home -even when you are away. The third and last item on the post is about business travel spending and how it finally made a rebound in 2014. It shows that business travel spending went up 6% in 2014 compared to 2013. JetOptions saw an increase in travel spending of 14.9% and we expect double digit growth in 2015 aided by lower fuel costs and a better business climate.

As always, if you have any suggestions or if there is anything you would like to see on our blog let us know so we can cover it. And of course, if you need to charter a private aircraft contact us or give us a call.

NetJets Europe, the European operating division of Berkshire Hathaway’s fractional aircraft operator NetJets, has begun disposing of its Dassault Falcon 7X fleet.

 

The Falcon 7X sat between the Gulfstream G550s and Dassault Falcon 2000EXs in the NetJets Europe fleet as a 14 seat aircraft that could fly up to 10,391 km. NetJets Europe operated four Falcon 7Xs.

NetJets Europe Falcon 7X CS-DSB

NetJets Europe Falcon 7X CS-DSB is being advertised for sale

Although the main NetJets operating fleet currently includes a mixture of 34 Dassault Falcon 2000s & Falcon 2000EXs, the Falcon 7X never made it into the US fleet.

Following delivery of the Falcon 7Xs NetJets Europe also began adding Bombardier Global 6000s to the fleet, with NetJets Europe operating four aircraft by the end of December 2014.

Continue Reading about NetJets Europe and the Falcon 7X on corporatejetinvestor.com »

One of the biggest trends coming out of this year’s CES? Smart home tech. And while these automated appliances and home fixtures may seem far from the realm of travel, we’ve found that they’re surprisingly not—especially if you’re interested in turning your home into a vacation rental. If there’s only one “smart” home tool that you invest in before creating your AirBnB host profile, make it Yves Behar’s beautifully designed smart lock, August. Here’s how it works.

The August lock system attaches to nearly any kind of existing lock structure (only three-prong locks, like those common in New York City apartments, are incompatible). Once installed, use August’s companion app to give “keys” to anyone you’d like…

August lock system

August Smart Lock Tech for Business Travelers

Continue reading about this gadget on travelandleisure.com »

Buoyed by a strengthening economy, U.S. businesses spent a record amount on corporate travel in 2014 and are expected to spend even more this year, according to the latest forecast from the Global Business Travel Association.

U.S. companies spent an estimated $292.2 billion last year on an increased number of business trips. And they are forecast to spend over $310 billion — 6.2% more — in 2015.

“We’re at a really solid point in the economic recovery right now, so businesses are feeling comfortable sending their business travelers on the road,” says Joe Bates, GBTA’s vice president of research. “In some cases we’re seeing businesses start to relax their travel policies a little bit, allowing travelers to have premium economy seating, spending those extra dollars for that higher level of comfort.”

Continue Reading About Business Travel Spending for 2014 on USAToday.com »

Learjet 85 Program Halted, 2014 Bombardier Challenger 300 Damaged in Hangar Collapse, New Aircraft Preview: BBJ Max, First Europe-based Citation M2 has been delivered

January 16th, 2015

The stories we’ve found interesting and picked for you today are as follows: Bombardier finally stopped its Learjet 85 program. There had been a lot of rumors since last year that Bombardier would stop the program due to the soft demand for light aircraft and the high development costs of the all new jet which was their first to primarily use composites. I spoke to a couple of people that were involved in the program last year at NBAA 2014 in Orlando and they knew that unless the light jet market had un an upswing in demand, that Bombardier would move the resources to larger cabin aircraft like the Global jets. Next is an article about a hangar collapse in Brazil that damaged two aircraft. One of the aircraft was a 2014 Bombardier Challenger 300 that had only been delivered to its owner a few months ago. These aircraft cost around 25 million dollars. Ouch! Next is a story we saw on Business Jet Traveler reviewing the BBJ Max. Based on the well proven 737 aircraft, the BBJ Max has been thoroughly modernized. These new aircraft when finished can cost north of 50 million. The last article we picked is about the Citation M2. 6 months after receiving EASA approval, Cessna has finally delivered the first M2 to be based in Europe.

As always, if you have any suggestions or if there is anything you would like to see on our blog let us know so we can cover it.

Bombardier Pauses its Learjet 85 Program and Revises its 2014 Guidance

Bombardier Halts Learjet 85 Program

Bombardier Learjet 85

Bombardier announced the pause of its Learjet 85 business aircraft program

  • Decision to pause the program due to weak market demand
  • Pause will result in a pre-tax special charge of approximately $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 and a workforce reduction of approximately 1,000 employees in 2015
  • Revision of previously announced financial guidance for 2014
  • Aircraft delivery guidance exceeded

Bombardier Inc. announced the pause of its Learjet 85 business aircraft program. The pause is due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 aircraft and follows a downward revision of Bombardier’s business aircraft market forecast. This reflects the continued weakness of the Light aircraft category since the economic downturn. As a result, the Company will record a pre-tax special charge in the fourth quarter of 2014 of approximately $1.4 billion mainly related to the impairment of the Learjet 85 development costs. Additionally, Bombardier will reduce its workforce by approximately 1,000 employees at its sites in Querétaro, Mexico, and Wichita, United States. A severance provision of approximately $25 million will be recorded as a special item during the first quarter of 2015.

“Bombardier constantly monitors its product strategy and development priorities,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “Given the weakness of the market, we made the difficult decision to pause the Learjet 85 program at this time. We will focus our resources on our two other clean-sheet aircraft programs under development, CSeries and Global 7000/8000, for which we see tremendous market potential. Both programs are progressing well.”

Continue reading the news release from Bombardier explaining the pausing of the Learjet 85 program>>


Challenger 300 and King Air Damaged in Brazil Hangar Collapse

Challenger 300, King Air Damaged in Brazil Hangar Collapse

Challenger 300 worth around 25 million and King Air Damaged in Brazil Hangar Collapse

A hangar roof at São Paulo Congonhas Airport collapsed on Thursday during a summer storm that closed the airport, damaging a Bombardier Challenger 300 and crushing a King Air. AIN could not get confirmation of other aircraft damaged during the mishap. The 2014 Challenger 300 had been delivered to the customer in June. A new Challenger 300 is around 25 million dollars.

Continue reading about these damaged aircraft on AINOnline.com>>


New Aircraft Preview: BBJ Max

Upgrades to popular BBJs deliver more range, better performance.

Boeing is introducing a variant of its single-aisle 737 airline workhorse that it calls “Max.” The “new” airplane is really a modernization of the manufacturer’s nearly 50-year-old twinjet, which has been a staple of low-fare airlines for decades, in no small part due to its rugged construction and comparatively easy maintenance. The 737 also served as the platform for Boeing’s wildly successful line of single-aisle business jets known as BBJs. More than 150 of those are in service.

BBJ Max

The BBJ spawned in 1996 from a partnership between Boeing and General Electric, maker of the CFM-56 series of engines for newer-generation 737s. The 737 is the most successful and ubiquitous jetliner ever produced. Customers would buy the BBJ “green,” or unfinished, for around $36 million (1996 dollars) and then spend whatever they wanted on custom paint and interiors. And spend they did, with the average finished price heading well north of $50 million. Before the BBJ, the top-end market for corporate jets ran in the $40 million range.

Continue reading the BBJ Max preview on BJTOnline.com>>


First Europe-based Citation M2 has been delivered

German business aviation services provider and Cessna dealership Atlas Air Service has delivered the first Europe-based Citation M2 to a company in Forchtenberg, southwest Germany.

Cessna Citation M2

First Europe-based Citation M2 has been delivered

The handover comes six months after the light business jet received EASA validation, and a year after entering service in the USA.

The seven-seat twin was launched in 2011 as a step-up model between the entry-level Mustang and light-cabin CJ2+.

Continue reading this article about the Citation M2 on FlightGlobal.com>>