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Guide to Cessna Citation Mustang, Wheels Up Member’s Club, Last Learjet 60 Gone From VistaJet, FAA Revokes GlobalJets Certificate

March 25th, 2015

In this post: Corporate jet investor has delivered a comprehensive guide to the Cessna Citation Mustang, a very popular Very Light Jet. Next is everything you need to know about the private aviation club Wheels Up. Vistajet had up to 20 Learjets at one time, but last week they said goodbye to their last one.  The FAA has revoked Globaljet’s air carrier certificate due to unauthorized use of aircraft for compensation.

As always, let us know if you’d like for us to cover any event or post any aviation related news here.

Cessna Citation Mustang: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The $2.75 million Cessna Citation Mustang aims to bring large cabin comfort to the very light jet market. Perfect for saving time of short-haul journeys, it’s like the TARDIS of private aviation in more ways than one.

Cessna Citation Mustang

Our verdict

For: The Cessna Citation Mustang is a well-built small jet that can comfortably carry two or three passengers for a few hours. If you regularly fly short distances – such as London to Nice – a Citation Mustang could be the perfect aircraft.

The fact that the Citation Mustang is popular in the charter market tells you everything you need to know about the aircraft’s value and efficiency. Of course, its success and its competitive price tag go hand in hand, but its low operating costs are just as attractive.

Against: The low range of the Cessna Citation Mustang means it is a niche aircraft. First delivered at the top of the business jet market, the Citation Mustang had a great start but demand has definitely fallen (the same is also true for its closest competitors like Embraer’s Phenom 100 and the Eclipse 500).

It really is hard to find much fault with the Mustang when it is priced so much lower than its main competitors, but if you’re add an extra $2 million to your budget, you might find that the Mustang suddenly looks rather humble in comparison to some of the better performing – and slightly larger – light jets.

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Your best online resource for Wheels Up, a member’s club for the private aviation community, led by Kenny Dichter, the founder of Marquis Jet.

Kenny Dichter launched Wheels Up, a private aviation membership company, in August 2013, placing a record-breaking turboprop order with Beechcraft for up to 105 King Air 350is thought to be worth $1.4 billion including maintenance.

Wheels Up aircraft at NBAA 2014

By the end of 2014, Wheels Up had signed up 1,000 members and had grown its aircraft fleet to comprise of 27 brand new King Airs and 10 fully-refurbished Citation jets from Cessna. The company also became the exclusive sales agent for VistaJet’s US business jet fleet – managed by Jet Vitiation – and signed a partnership with JetSuite.

As Wheels Up continues to grow both its fleet and global membership base, the company plans to add a wider range of private jets and helicopters to its aircraft fleet (the company only expects around 30 per cent of its revenues to come from its King Air fleet), which its members will be able to charter at an hourly rate. It also plans to expand into Europe.

Starting at $15,750 a year, Wheels Up members can enjoy exclusive events and a concierge service, courtesy of Wheels Down, which runs as an affiliated lifestyle brand.

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VistaJet has sold off the last of its Bombardier LearJet 60 private jets, ending the company’s association with light jets.

The company had operated a total of 20 LearJet 60s since they took delivery of their first aircraft in 2004.

VistaJet Learjet 60

The last LearJet 60 left London’s Northolt Airport to the US where it has been sold.

During VistaJet service, the combined fleet of LearJet 60s clocked up 42,962 hours over 18,262 flights, which the company says is equivalent to 500 trips around the world.

“Today is a very emotional day. The Learjet 60 was my first aircraft and the catalyst for the company we know as VistaJet today,” said Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet. “Learjet aircraft are fast and agile, pilots love to fly them and the cabin volume is generous, so passengers are always comfortable.”

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FAA Revokes GlobalJet’s Air Carrier Certificate

FAA Alleges The Company Operated A Cessna 550 For Compensation Without Authorization

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the air carrier certificate of GlobalJet NA, LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz., for allegedly conducting unauthorized operations for compensation or hire in violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges GlobalJet operated a Cessna 550 jet on at least 47 flights for compensation or hire when it was not authorized to use the aircraft for these operations. When the FAA requested GlobalJet records for the flights, the company allegedly provided falsified logs showing the flights were not for compensation, and withheld invoices showing it had in fact been paid for them.

Additionally, the FAA alleges GlobalJet conducted flights for compensation or hire during a 12-month period when it did not have a qualified chief pilot. GlobalJet also allegedly used crew members unqualified for for-compensation or for-hire operations on over 140 revenue flights during the same 12-month period. The agency alleges that GlobalJet knew it did not have a qualified chief pilot and was using unqualified crew members.

The FAA’s revocation order alleges that GlobalJet knowingly violated Federal Aviation Regulations, demonstrated a complete disregard for public safety and poses an unacceptable risk to aviation safety.

The company has surrendered its certificate in response to the FAA’s order. It has appealed the order to the NTSB.

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Gulfstream G650 Receives Collier Trophy, Nextant Aerospace Wins Award, Gulfstream G280 Brazil Certification and more Business Aviation News

March 17th, 2015

Gulsftream is in the news: The G650 won the 2014 Robert Collier award and the first G280 will be delivered in Brazil. Nextant Aerospace selected as Aviation Week’s 2015 winner of the Laureate Award for Business Aviation. Monaco’s Boutsen sell its fouth Dassault Falcon 7X in 12 months. Business jet market improves, but business aviation activity in February falls in the US and Europe.

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BusinessAviationVoice: G650 Captures 2014 Collier

When Gulfstream Aerospace announced the ultra long-range G650 business jet in March 2008, the company promised buyers a new standard of capability. In the two years the aircraft has been in production, customers in the market for a large-cabin jet have shown a strong preference for the G650, citing attributes ranging from reliability to fuel efficiency, but there may be no better validation of what the G650 truly represents than its designation by the National Aeronautics Association this week as the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy winner.

Gulfstream G650 wins Collier Award

A selection committee of 30 individuals from across the aviation and aerospace industry chose the G650 from a field that included six other nominees. In a joint statement, the committee said Gulfstream’s development of the G650 “strengthened business aviation through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort and safety.”

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Nextant Aerospace, founded in 2007 by aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci, was selected as Aviation Week’s 2015 winner of the Laureate Award for Business Aviation, which recognizes preeminence in business aviation achievement. Nextant, a Directional Aviation Capital company, was recognized for bringing new technology to business aviation at less cost as a remanufacturer of business aircraft, a new concept for the community…

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Boutsen Aviation, based in Monaco, has sold its fourth Dassault Falcon 7X in the past 12 months, with the sale of a 2008 Falcon 7X, the aircraft sales and acquisition company said.  Its sales team sells 20 to 30 aircraft a year. About 90% of them are pre-owned.

Dassult Falcon 7X

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Gulfstream gears up to deliver first Brazilian-registered G280

​Gulfstream is poised to deliver the first Brazilian-owned and registered G280 business jet, following validation of the super-midsize type earlier this month by the country’s civil aviation authority, ANAC.

Gulfstream G280

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Gulfstream G280 Earns Brazilian Type Certification

Gulfstream Aerospace’s Gulfstream G280 has earned Brazilian type certification, clearing the way for deliveries to begin to Brazil. The business jet was certified by Brazil’s Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC). To date, Gulfstream has delivered more than 50 G280s since the aircraft went into service in November 2012.

Gulfstream G280

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Business Jet Market Improving, Analyst Says

The business jet market is looking better. And commentary from business jet-related companies points to further improvement in the market environment during the fourth quarter of 2014, a RBC Capital Markets analyst wrote in a note to investors. Cessna, in fact, saw demand exceed supply, and some customers must wait to take delivery of their jets this year…

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Russ Meyer: Citation X Elite Upgrade Program ‘Major Market Opportunity’

Textron Aviation has been developing its Citation X Elite program to breathe new life into speedy older model Citation X business jets.

The momentum is building, said Russ Meyer, chairman emeritus of Cessna Aircraft Co., now a division of Textron Aviation, and creator of the Citation X Elite upgrade program.

The company just delivered its second totally refurbished Citation X with plans to complete five or six more this year, Meyer said.

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Nextant Receives Order for Five 400XTi Aircraft

PlaneSense, a fractional ownership company, has placed an order with Nextant Aerospace for two Nextant 400XTi light jets with an option for three more.

The Nextant 400XTi are upgraded, re-engined and remanufactured Beechcraft 400 aircraft.

Nextant will deliver two aircraft this year, one in June and the other in the fourth quarter.

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Business Aviation Activity Fell In U.S., Europe In February

Business aviation flights in the U.S., Canada and Europe declined in February when compared to January activity and to a year ago, according to Argus and to WingX Advance, which tracks flights.

Winter’s snowstorms slowed February flight activity in the U.S. and Canada, according to Argus.

February business aviation flights in the U.S. and Canada fell 4.2% across the board when compared to January 2015. By classification, Part 135 flights declined 5.9% for the month, followed by a 3.8% drop in Part 91 flights and a 1.3% drop in fractional activity.

Year-over-year flight activity, meanwhile, fell 0.4% in February, the first yearly decline since November 2013.

In Europe, February business aviation flights fell 4.4% year over year to 51,075 flights, the lowest activity level for the month of February since 2010 and a 20% decline from February 2008, said WingX Advance GmbH.

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JetOptions has added a Challenger 605, a Falcon 900EX Easy II and a Hawker 850XP to its private jet charter network of aircraft available for rental

March 11th, 2015

JetOptions continues to add aircraft to its private jet charter network. We have added a Challenger 605, a Falcon 900EX Easy II and a Hawker 850XP to our network of jets available for charter. We continue to add charter aircraft on a regular basis and we will post them here as they become available.

Bombardier Challenger 605

We have added another Challenger 605 and it is available for private jet charter at this time. The Bombardier Challenger 605 is a large cabin aircraft that was completed in 2008 and seats up to nine passengers. Aircraft is based at Teterboro Airport. This aircraft was refurbished and repainted in December 2014 so it looks and smells like brand new (we all love that smell). This heavy private jet comes fully-equipped and loaded with amenities like leather seats configured in club seating, conference tables, berthable divan, full galley with microwave and convection ovens, coffee machine, and private lavatory with sink. It also features the latest technology: Iridium satellite phone, Gogo high-speed Wi-Fi, bulkhead video monitors with Airshow, and a dual multi-media player.

Bombardier Challeger 605 available for private jet charter - JetOptions

Dassault Falcon 900EX EAsy II

The next aircraft we have added is a Falcon 900EX Easy II that is available for charter now. The Falcon 900EX EASy II’s three seating areas provide seating flexibility and privacy for up to 13 passengers. The aircraft is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi. This heavy jet’s state-of-the-art flight deck is a fully integrated cockpit management system that helps pilots to monitor and control the progression of the flight. With a range of 3,500 nautical miles nonstop, this aircraft is ideal for coast to coast and many international trips. It will be based in the northeast.

Dassault Falcon 900EX Easy II available for private jet charter

Hawker 850XP

We have also added a Hawker 850XP. This mid size jet features the largest interior cabin space in its class, and a winglet enhanced range of over 2,000 miles. The aircraft has executive seating for 8 passengers, complimentary Wi-Fi and a built in iPad mini for entertainment. Aircraft is based in California and ready for charter.

Hawker 850XP available for private jet charter

These business aircraft and thousands more are available for private jet charter. Whatever the mission or trip, we offer the safest and best valued charter aircraft for you.

Top Business Aircraft Manufacturers and Their Production Models

March 4th, 2015

These are the major business aircraft manufacturers along with a brief description of each company and examples of the different models they produce (some of the models mentioned here are still in development). We’ve also made a short video that shows them all. In the future we will be describing each company in a much more in depth manner. Each major manufacturer and the different aircraft they have produced and are currently in production which will be shown separately in future postings.

You can charter airplanes from all of these top business aircraft manufacturers from JetOptions Private Jets.

Airbus Corporate Jets

Business aircraft in production: ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320, ACJ321, ACJ330, ACJ34, ACJ350 and ACJ380

Airbus ACJ 319

Airbus says it’s the comfort you want in the size you need. Airbus entered the business airliner market in 1997 with the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), an executive version of its A319 airliner. Since then, Airbus has sold over 170 corporate jets worldwide. The company’s three single-aisle bizliners typically seat 19 to 50 passengers and are the ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ320. Airbus Corporate Jets plans to offer the “new-engine option” (neo) for the ACJ319 and ACJ320 beginning in 2018. For government and other customers requiring the ultimate in space and long-distance capability, Airbus also produces executive versions of its ACJ330, ACJ340, ACJ350 and ACJ380 widebody jetliners.

ACJ Airbus


Business aircraft in production: King Air C90GTx, 250, 350i

Beechcraft King Air 250

Beechcraft Corporation traces its roots back to 1937, when Walter Beech introduced the Model 18, arguably the first cabin-class, twin-engine business airplane. That effort morphed in 1964 into the twin-turboprop King Air model, which has since undergone multiple upgrades and remains in production to this day. Raytheon bought Beech in 1980, adding the Hawker business jet brand, and the company became Hawker Beechcraft. It emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2013 as the Beechcraft Corporation, which no longer produces a business jet and instead focuses exclusively on its turboprop line. In March 2014, Textron acquired Beechcraft, merging it with Cessna to create Textron Aviation.

Beechcraft logo

Boeing Business Jets

Business aircraft in production: BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3 and VVIP widebodies.

Boeing Business Jet

Also a maker of VIP Airliners. These aircraft offer the most space and ultra long range capabilities.

The BBJ combines components of two 737 models: the 737-700 series airframe and the larger 737-800 series wing, landing gear and center fuselage section. A larger, stretched version called the BBJ2 boasts 25 percent more cabin capacity and the even larger BBJ3 is based on the 737-900ER. Starting in 2018, the BBJ1, BBJ2 and BBJ3 will be transitioning into the Max platform, with 12 percent improved fuel burn offered by the upgrade to the CFM International Leap-1B engine. All Boeing jets from the 737 to its largest and newest 747-8 and the 787 are available in VVIP versions.

Boeing Business Jets

Bombardier Business Aircraft

Business aircraft in production: Learjet 70, 75, 60XR; Challenger 300, 605, 850; Global 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000

Bombardier Global

Bombardier has grown into one of the world’s largest producers of business jets and regional airliners. In the last two decades, the company has introduced several business jet models, including the Learjet 40/45 and 70/75, Challenger 300 and 605 and Global 5000 and 6000. The forthcoming Learjet 85 was their first all composite business jet but the program was halted in January 2015. The ultra-long-range Global 7000 and 8000 models will join the fleet in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The Canadian aircraft manufacturer offers many sized business jets with their extensive line that includes Learjet, Challenger and Global brands. Aircraft models: Learjet 40XR, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 605, 850, 870, 890; Global 5000, Global 6000.Bombardier evolution of mobility logo


Business aircraft in production: Caravan; Citation Mustang, M2, CJ2+, CJ3, CJ4, Encore+, XLS+, Sovereign+, X, X+

Cessna Citation X+

Cessna built its first airplane in 1927 and has since rolled out more than 190,000. Of the roughly 16,000 business jets in operation worldwide, Cessna has produced a third of them. The company’s 11 business jet models span the Mustang very light jet and continue up the spectrum to the new version of the Citation X, which will be the world’s fastest civil airplane with a top speed of Mach 0.935. Other offerings include the new M2, Latitude, Longitude, X and upgraded Sovereign. To serve the growing Asian market, Cessna will produce models in China—the XLS+, Sovereign and Latitude—and develop an entirely new jet with China’s Avic.

Cessna has 9 business jet models that range from the very light to the super mid. Aircraft models: Citation Mustang, CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3, CJ4, Encore+, XLS+, Sovereign, X.



Business aircraft in production: TBM 850

Daher Socata TBM

Daher-Socata’s speedy single-engine turboprop TBM 850 cruises at 320 knots as high as 31,000 feet while carrying up to six occupants. Range at top speed is more than 1,400 nautical miles with reserves or nearly 1,600 nautical miles at the 252-knot long-range cruise speed, yet the TBM 850 can land on runways as short as 2,100 feet. Industrial conglomerate Daher, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, purchased Socata in 2009. The company introduced its TBM900, an upgrade of the 850, in March.

Daher Sacata logo

Dassault Falcon

Business aircraft in production: Falcon 2000LX, 2000S, 900LX, 8X, 7X, 5X

Dassault Falcon 7X

Dassault Falcon Jet company builds airframes at its factory in southwest France. Dassault offers the Falcon 900 and 2000 family of business jets, as well as the Falcon 7X trijet, featuring the latest in fly-by-wire flight-control technology and fighter-jet-style sidesticks in the cockpit. The next Falcon—the fly-by-wire 5X—is a twin-engine widebody jet, with service entry scheduled for 2017. Last year, the 2000LXS entered service, replacing the 2000LX. In May, Dassault introduced the Falcon 8X, a stretched 7X with an increased range of 6,450 nautical miles.

The French aircraft manufacturer offers the Falcon 900 and 2000 family of business jets as well as the Falcon 7X with their signature trijet configuration. Aircraft models: Falcon 2000LX, 900LX/EX, 7X.

Dassault Falcon

Eclipse Aerospace

Business aircraft in production: Eclipse 550

Eclipse 550

Eclipse Aerospace resumed production of its iconic very light jet, now dubbed the Eclipse 550, in 2013. The new jet is aerodynamically the same as its predecessor, the 500, with the same Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines, but sports a more sophisticated flight deck, the Avio IFMS system based on avionics made by Innovative Solutions & Support.

Eclipse Aerospace logo

Embraer Executive Jets

Business aircraft in production: Phenom 100, 300; Legacy 600, 650; Lineage 1000

Embraer Lineage 1000

Embraer’s ERJ 135/145 airframe served as the foundation for the company’s first business jet, the Legacy 600, which was introduced in 1999. In the past decade, Embraer has made a strong push into the business jet market by developing the Phenom 100 and 300 small-cabin jets, the midsize Legacy 450 and 500, the Lineage 1000 bizliner and the longer-range Legacy 650. The Legacy 500 and 450 midsize jets feature fly-by-wire flight controls and sidesticks and will be certified in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has come on strong in the last decade offering their light and mid Phenoms, their heavy Legacy and long range Lineage models. Aircraft models: Phenom 100, 300: Legacy 600, 650; Lineage 1000.Embraer Executive Jets logo

Gulfstream Aerospace

Business aircraft in production: G150, G280, G450, G550, G650, G650ER

Gulfstream G650ER

In late 2012, two new Gulfstream jets received certification from the FAA, the super-midsize G280, built in Israel by partner IAI, and the ultra-long-range, large cabin G650. The G280 replaces the G200. The flagship G650 has a larger and wider cabin and larger windows than the G550, the manufacturer’s previous top model, and can fly 7,000 nautical miles unrefueled. The G650 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, giving it the title of the world’s fastest civil airplane for a while until the upgraded Citation X received certification. The recently announced G650ER (extended range) can fly 7,500 nautical miles.

Gulfstream has covered the mid, super mid, heavy and long range categories with their aircraft. Aircraft models: G150, G280, G350, G450, G500, G550, G650 and G650ER.



Business aircraft in production: N/A

Hawker 4000

Although Hawker shut down in February 2013, hundreds of their aircraft remain in the market. Their models covered light, mid and supermid categories. Aircraft models: Premier 1A, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 4000.

Hawker Beechcraft

Honda Aircraft

Business aircraft in production: HondaJet


Honda Aircraft has begun production of the HondaJet and expects to receive certification from the U.S. FAA in early 2015. The light jet carries up to six passengers and features over-the-wing engine mounting, which frees up space in the fuselage and allows for a fully enclosed lavatory, unique in this size aircraft.

HondaJet logo

Piaggio Aero

Business aircraft in production: P.180 Avanti II, Avanti EVO

Piaggio P180 Avanti II

The sleek, pusher-turboprop Piaggio Avanti was developed in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s. Piaggio delivered the first Avanti in 1990. In 2005, the aircraft was updated with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line21 avionics system, given slightly more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada engines and branded the Avanti II. Piaggio Aero is jointly owned by Tata, Mubadala Development and the Ferrari and di Mase families. In May, Piaggio announced an upgraded version of the model; called the Avanti EVO.

Piaggio Aerospace logo


Business aircraft in production: PC-12NG, PC-24

Pilatus PC-12

Pilatus is the world’s largest manufacturer of single engine turboprops. The company’s PC-12 was certified in 1994 and became an instant hit with buyers, who appreciated its ruggedness, spacious cabin and performance. Today, more than 1,000 PC-12 aircraft are in service. The newest version, the PC-12NG, features a more powerful engine and Honeywell Primus Apex avionics. Pilatus is developing the PC-24, a twin-engine light jet with a midsize cabin, due for entry into service in 2017.

Pilatus aircraft logo

There are other business aircraft manufacturers such as Cirrus, Diamond, Piper, Syberjet and Quest.

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Private Jet Connectivity, Business Jet Deliveries, Last Week Weather Flight Cancellations, Baltic Sea Super Yacht Charter

March 2nd, 2015
First article is about connectivity and how important it is to today’s business traveler. The days of being out of touch with your office, clients, emails are long gone. Many private aircraft have all the tools you need to have your office in the sky. Next, Corporate Jet Investor tracks new business jet deliveries. Inclement weather created big disruptions last week and it caused over 8,000 flights to be cancelled. We did not have any cancellations but we had quite a bit of de-icing done to our jets. Last is a story about the best ports in the Baltic for super yachts which was recommended by a reader.
As always let us know if you have any suggestions for this section.

Business jets offer passengers the opportunity to work when they are flying – just try having a confidential conversation on a commercial flight – but passengers increasingly want to connect with others on the ground.

Private jet office meeting

James Hardie, managing director at Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect, which provides a range of services to business aircraft, calls this “inflight productivity.”

Hardie says that technology is changing the way that people use business jets. He says business jets used to be about saving time at airports, but now they have become offices in the air. Passengers can send e-mails, make telephone calls from their own smartphones and hold video conferences whilst flying to their next face-to-face meeting. “People talk about this technology as ‘non-essential,’ but you would be surprised how often it grounds an aircraft,” says Hardie.

Private jet connectivity

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The Corporate Jet Investor business jet deliveries tracker is not intended to track the delivery of each and every business jet delivered during the course of 2015.

Instead the intention is to track the more interesting business jet deliveries during the month.

Information on business jet deliveries can come from many different sources. These could include official online registers, company press releases, and ‘plane spotters’ photographs and forums.

We have deliberately chosen not to include any ownership details within the data, as, from experience, this can be a contentious issue. Therefore the final field, country, is simply a record of where the aircraft is registered, rather than which country it is registered in.

For a complete list of business jets registered by country (minus owners / operators), we can recommend the excellent LAAS data website:

As a ‘live’ document, updates could be made at any time. Please refer to the date that appears underneath the table to see when/what changes are made.

Date Reg Type MSN Country
23/02/2015 9H-VCE Challenger 350 20540 Malta
20/02/2015 9H-VCF Challenger 350 20541 Malta
20/02/2015 B-KEY Gulfstream G650ER 6098 Hong Kong

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There was hope that calmer weather on Friday would lead to a smooth day for air travel after a week that saw airlines ground at least 1,000 flights for six consecutive days.

Aircraft De-Icing

Now, Friday is inching close to making that seven days in a row.

Friday morning did get off to a relatively good start, but cancellations then spiked Friday afternoon after a new round of wintry weather began to affect Texas, including the busy Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

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From the illuminations of the Auroras Borealis to picturesque fairy-tale villages steeped in snow, the Baltic Sea is home to a plethora of rare wonders to delight and inspire. When planning a summertime holiday, consider chartering a superyacht to take you on an exploration of nature’s finest playground. With sumptuous surroundings out at sea, a stunning sundeck boasting a personal spa, and a crew of finely tuned individuals waiting to show you the delights of the world, a superyacht break is the perfect way to unwind and savor every second. From the icy tip of Norway to the riches of Estonia, here are seven of the most illustrious ports to discover in the Baltic Sea while on charter.

Baltic Super Yacht Charter

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The Top Ten 10 List of Long Range Business Jets, Is HondaJet Worth the Wait?

February 26th, 2015
In today’s post we have a very informative article from Dan Thisdell at Flightglobal which ranks the top 10 long range business jets. It’s always good to see a list like this one in order to better compare business aircraft. Also a story from Forbes about HondaJet. A long time in the making but will this highly anticipated aircraft be worth the wait?
As always, let us know if you want anything covered our posted in this section.

The Top Ten 10 List of Long Range Business Jets

The top end of the business jet market went largely unscathed by the recent financial downturn. Market figures from Flightglobal’s Ascend consultancy show this sector, starting at about $30 million, represented 69% of the $18.5 billion business jet delivery value in 2013.

Ascend expects the popularity of these top-end aircraft to continue for the next 10 years, as a wave of new designs enter the market. In its latest forecast it predicts nearly 10,000 business jets from across the spectrum will be delivered between 2013 and 2023, with a total delivery value of $258 billion. Of this, the large-cabin/long range/VIP airliner segment is predicted to account for around 60% of the value share.

This week FlightGlobal looks at the top eleven (there was a tie for 10th place) contenders for the long-range business jet title. All range figures are for cruise at Mach 0.85 except where indicated, and programs that are marked (d) are still in development.

  1. Bombardier Global 8000 (d): 7,900nm, $68.7 million

Bombardier Global 8000 ranked number 1 long range business jet

Canadian standard-bearer Bombardier forecasts demand for 5,250 aircraft in the $50-75 million category between 2014 and 2033. Understandably then it has looked beyond its current flagship, the Global 6000, with the launch in 2010 of the bigger, longer-range 7000 (number 3, below) and 8000. Both aircraft will be powered by General Electric’s 16,500lb-thrust (73kN) Passport 20 engine and feature an all-new, high-speed transonic wing. The 8000 is targeted for entry into service in 2017.

  1. Gulfstream G650ER: 7,500nm, $66.5 million

Gulfstream G650ER ranked number two long range business jet
Gulfstream delivered its first all-new ultra-long-range G650ER business jet to a private owner in December 2014, making it currently the longest-legged in-production business jet. Its 500nm advantage over the standard G650 comes from an extra 1,810kg (4,000lb) of fuel carried in the wings and a software update to manage the added performance.

  1. Bombardier Global 7000 (d): 7,300nm, $72.5 million

Bombardier Global 7000 ranked number three long range business jet

The Global 7000’s 74.9m3 (2,650ft3) cabin will be 20% bigger than the existing Global 6000 and have about the same interior volume premium over its longer-range sister, the 8000. Bombardier has given no indication of when the Global 7000’s flight test campaign will begin, but says it remains on track for certification in 2016.

  1. Gulfstream G650: 7,000nm, $64.5 million

Gulfstream G650 ranked number four long range business jet

Until the ER version (number 2, pictured) took to the air, the G650 was the business jet world’s long-range champion. Envious owners can hire Gulfstream to do an ER retrofit for $2 million.

  1. Gulfstream G550: 6,750nm, $60 million

Gulfstream G550 ranked number five long range business jet

Long-running speculation that Gulfstream was to replace this decade-old model, and the smaller G450, with an all-new aircraft codenamed “P42” proved wide of the mark. Last October, Gulfstream pulled a stunner and unveiled its G500 and G600 (number 7, below) models, which sit, range-wise, in between the two. Gulfstream says it plans to keep G550 and G450 in production for now.

  1. Dassault Falcon 8X (d): 6,450nm (M0.8), $57 million

Dassault Falcon 8X ranked number six long range business jet

  1. Gulfstream G600 (d): 6,200nm, $54.5 million

Gulfstream G600 ranked number seven long range business jets

  1. Bombardier Global 6000: 6,000nm, $62 million

Bombardier Global 6000 ranked 8 long range business jets

  1. Dassault Falcon 7X: 5,950nm (M0.8), $52.8 million

Dassault Falcon 7X ranked number nine long range business jets

  1. Dassault Falcon 5X (d): 5,200nm, $45 million

Dassault Falcon 5X Dassault Falcon 5X ranked number ten long range business jets

  1. Bombardier Global 5000: 5,200nm, $50.2 million

Bombardier Global 5000 ranked number ten long range business jets

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Is HondaJet Worth the Wait?

HondaJet may be one of the most anticipated business aircraft in recent memory—if for no other reason than because its roots can be traced back to the early 1980s, when Honda divulged that it was seriously considering the prospect of developing a very light jet (VLJ).

It wasn’t until 2003 when a prototype actually flew and 2006 when the Honda Aircraft Co., started taking orders for the $3.7-million HondaJet. That was nine years ago. Since then, repeated delays of one kind or another have fueled skepticism among industry observers about whether customers actually would ever get what they ordered.

Hondajet at NBAA 2014

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Gulfstream G650ER Farthest Flight and New City Pair Record, Dassault Military Expertise Helps Business Aircraft Development, Top Ten Long Range Business Jets

February 24th, 2015
Gulfstream and it’s G650ER are in the news. The G650ER set a couple of city pair records: It flew from New York to Beijing almost 7,000 nautical miles non-stop and then flew from Beijing to Savannah a little over 6,500 nautical miles non stop again. This ultra long range aircraft is also in the news because it flew from Singapore to Las Vegas over 8,000 nautical miles non stop. Also in this post is an excerpt from the Business Aviation Voice section in Forbes that details some of the advantages that Dassault has over other business jet manufacturers because of its military aircraft technology. We will see how well it translates when their latest business jet, the Falcon 8X, finishes its flight testing in 2016.
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Aircraft Flies Around The World In One Stop, Adds Two More City-Pair Records

Gulfstream G650ER business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G650ER recently set two city-pair records while flying around the world in one stop.

The G650ER took off from White Plains, New York, with three passengers and four crew members on board. It flew 6,939 nautical miles/12,851 kilometers eastbound to Beijing at an average speed of Mach 0.87 for a total flight time of 13 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft then flew eastbound 6,572 nm/12,171 km to Savannah, accomplishing the mission at an average speed of Mach 0.89 for a total flight time of 12 hours. The aircraft landed both times with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rule reserves.

Gulfstream G650ER business jets sets two city pair records

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Gulfstream G650ER Shows Its Long Range Capability

Travels 8,010 nm Non-Stop

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650ER has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the farthest flight in its history.

Gulfstream G650ER copletes farthest flight so far

On January 22, a G650ER, owned by Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited, flew 8,010 nautical miles/14,835 kilometers nonstop, traveling from Singapore Changi Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with four passengers, including Wynn, and three crew members on board. The trip took 14 hours and 32 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85, with tail winds of 76 knots. The G650ER landed with fuel in excess of the National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves.

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Of all of the major business jet manufacturers, France’s Dassault Aviation may enjoy a unique advantage that seems to be rarely mentioned: it also produces one of the most technologically advanced multirole fighters in the world, the Rafale. In fact, the wings for all Dassault aircraft—civil and military—are made at the same factory near Bordeaux, including those for the Falcon 8X, the company’s newest business jet.

Dassault business jets: Falcon 8X

Dassault claims its know-how in developing fighters enables its engineers to design and build business jets that combine exceptional reliability, flight-handing and technical capabilities with unmatched cabin comfort and operating economics. Major competitors, such as Bombardier and Gulfstream, would likely argue that their French rival has nothing over them when it comes to designing and building purpose-built business jets that meet customers’ most demanding expectations for cabin comfort and operating economics.

This much is certain: current-generation fighters are being built to higher tolerances to ensure precision of shape, and thus optimum performance and durability in service. No less attention is being given to the assembly of the all-important wings for the 8X and the 5X, another business jet that Dassault is developing. It is the company’s way of making sure that its business aircraft match designers’ exacting specifications, just as the Rafale does. The tri-engine 8X is actually a derivative of the fast-selling, in-service Falcon 7X, with a cabin that is 3.5 ft. longer. While the wings look identical to those of the 7X, except for a new winglet, they are 1,320 lb. lighter.

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