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Dassault Falcon Service to Expand Maintenance Capacity at Bordeaux-Merignac, VisionAire optimistic about Vantage

November 27th, 2014

Dassault Falcon Service has announced plans to build a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in southwestern France.

The 7,200 sq. meter facility will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the Dassault Aviation manufacturing plant and will serve Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X large cabin aircraft. It will complement DFS’s existing MR&O installations at Le Bourget Airport near Paris.

The expanded manufacturing plant and will serve Dassault Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X large cabin aircraft

“The new Mérignac service center reflects Dassault Falcon Service’s commitment to keep up with the steady expansion of the Falcon fleet, which now numbers more than 2,000 aircraft worldwide, and make sure customers continue benefiting from the top-notch service they’ve come to enjoy,” said Jean Kayanakis, General Manager, Dassault Falcon Service.

The new facility, capable of accommodating six aircraft, is expected to commence operations in mid-2016, in time to handle initial C Checks for the fast-selling Falcon 7X, and will eventually employ up to 70 specialists and technicians. More than 230 Falcon 7X’s are now in operation and the fleet leaders (the oldest aircraft in the fleet) will begin requiring heavy maintenance by 2016.

Continue Reading On DassaultFalcon.com »

VisionAire Jets’ dogged pursuit of funding for its Vantage business aircraft has suffered a major blow after an unnamed but committed new investor was forced to withdraw support following their incarceration.

Visionaire Jets

“We seem to get so close and then something happens,” says VisionAire founder and chief executive Jim Rice, who has been a devotee of the Vantage programme since its inception around 25 years ago.

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

JetOptions Private Jets wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

All of us in the JetOptions team wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

We have much to be thankful for this year and are especially grateful for the friends, families and business associates we came in contact with over the year.

We want you to know how much we appreciate your valuable contributions in making 2014 another successful year. We take this opportunity to thank you and to wish you a great year ahead.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

JetOptions wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

JetOptions will be open through the Thanksgiving holiday. We are available to help you with all of your aircraft charter needs 24/7.

10 ways to survive holiday travel, Heading out of town? Expect very long delays

November 26th, 2014

10 ways to survive holiday travel

This list is from CNN, but I believe they forgot the best way to survive the hectic holiday travel: charter a private aircraft from JetOptions!

Forget the annual Thanksgiving debate over your mother’s turkey-roasting method or your uncle’s political sideswiping. With a storm threatening the East Coast during the busiest travel time of the year, travelers are starting to wonder whether they’ll even get to the dinner table on time.

More than 46 million people will be trying to get somewhere this Thanksgiving, according to AAA projections, and 90% of them will be traveling by car. With a little luck, some patience and planning, they’ll make it to their destinations in time for turkey.

Here are several ways to stay sane this busy holiday season:

Check your flight, no matter where you’re going.

Don’t drive into a storm.

Charge your devices.

Rebook your flight for free.

Continue Reading On cnn.com »

Connoisseurs of grand cuisine and timeless culture can taste the difference on Spanish shores with a private jet vacation to a land of flamenco and flavor. Spain can boast some of the planet’s most awarded restaurants and their laid-back midnight dining, old world and modern fusion, and pure passion for exceptional tapas plates, makes for an incredible experience every time. Since three of the most elite venues to eat at can be found in the corners of Catalonia and the distinctive Atlantic coastline of Euzkadi, the Basque Country, why not set your private jet towards Spain to discover a myriad of inspirational delicacies.

Continue Reading On aluxurytravelblog.com »

Messy mix of snow, rain on the menu for Thanksgiving travelers

Don’t be thankful for this morning’s sunny, crisp fall weather just yet.

A wintry storm is hours away from snarling travel across the East Coast on Wednesday, causing delays of up to six hours on the busiest travel days of the year.

About 30 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Maine could be affected.

“The storm will have a major impact nationwide to air travel, as the ripple effect from delays and cancellations in the Northeast hubs impacts the rest of the country,” CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. In case of cancellations or delays, you contact JetOptions to charter a private aircraft. We are open 24/7.

Charter a private jet through JetOptions for holiday travel

In case of cancellations or delays, you can contact JetOptions to charter a private aircraft. We are open 24/7

“Expect very long delays, in some cases averaging three to six hours for major airports in D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, which will be impacted by a combination of heavy rain, snow and wind,” Hennen said. “Most delays and cancellations will occur from late morning through Wednesday evening.”

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HondaJet Earns Popular Science Magazine’s “Best of What’s New” Award, SmartSky Networks BizAv Connectivity

November 25th, 2014

SmartSky Networks, the engineers of an up-and-coming aviation communications network, has announced SatCom Direct as the exclusive business aviation service provider for the network when it comes available in 2016. SmartSky positioned itself as a main competitor for current connectivity top dog GoGo at NBAA last month when it announced its entry into the market alongside claims its network can deliver seamless connectivity at 10 times the speed of current providers through a 60 MHz spectrum.

The Key to Connectivity: SmartSky Networks Partnerships, Technology Bolster Market Confidence

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The HondaJet Earns Popular Science Magazine’s “Best of What’s New” Award

The HondaJet, with its innovative Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, has been selected by Popular Science magazine as a”Best of What’s New” award winner for 2014 in the aerospace category. The HondaJet was recognized for its superior combination of performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.

HondaJet Earns Popular Science Magazine's "Best of What's New" Award

“Our goal with the HondaJet was to create a Honda-original airplane that would bring new value to customers through new and advanced technologies,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Being recognized by Popular Science as one of the greatest innovations is truly exciting.”

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, natural laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

The HondaJet Earns Popular Science Magazines Best of Whats New Award

The HondaJet is fastest in its class at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph); it soars highest in its class with a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet; and it is the most fuel-efficient light jet in its class by up to 17 percent.

Continue Reading On HondaNews.com »

An Operational Look At the Gulfstream G450, Honeywell and Gulfstream’s Newest Aircraft

November 24th, 2014

An Operational Look At the Gulfstream G450

Third-generation GIV in twilight of career

Charter a Gulfstream G450 through JetOptions.

Charter a Gulfstream G450 through JetOptions

It’s tough to top the G450, now in its tenth year of production, for reliability, tanks-full payload and value. Prices range from $15 million to $32 million, depending upon age and condition. The G450 is one of the few large-cabin aircraft capable of flying eight passengers 4,300 nm at Mach 0.80 and land with 200-nm NBAA IFR reserves. Compared to first- and second-generation GIV models, it has subtle drag reduction improvements, upgraded RR Tay Mk 611-8C turbofans with FADECs and a larger capacity, quieter APU.

An Operational Look At the Gulfstream G450

The G450 retains the basic GIV airframe, but it incorporates the GV’s nose section, automated electrical and pressurization systems, higher aileron boost and auto anti-ice control systems, among other changes. The 12-in. longer nose makes possible a much needed stretch in pilot leg room and also a considerably more comfortable jump seat for a third flight deck or cabin crewmember.

Gulfstream also upgraded the aircraft with its signature PlaneView cockpit, featuring four large LCD displays and standard HUD with EVS. PlaneView makes possible paperless chart approval, plus optionally ADS-C for transoceanic operations, CPDLC and synthetic vision, so as an avionics suite it gives away nothing to the newest models.

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Honeywell Technologies Help Gulfstream’s Newest Aircraft Take Flight

Gulfstream hands over first G650ER, Ebola Crisis Curbs Global Biz Av Growth

November 22nd, 2014

Gulfstream has delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER months ahead of schedule and says it hopes to handover the first all-new ultra-long-range business jet before the end of the year. The airframer originally planned to start shipments in 2015.

Gulfstream hands over first G650ER

“It’s a good day when you can deliver on your promises ahead of schedule,” says Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.

The handover to an undisclosed customer comes a month after the US Federal Aviation Administration certificated the extended-range version of its $64.5 million G650, which entered service two years ago – and six months after Gulfstream unveiled the longest-legged in-production business jet.

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

As passenger demand for air travel across all segments continues to increase, air traffic is sure to pick up dramatically by 2033. Global market forecasts released by Airbus, Boeing and industry analysts at Deloitte Aerospace and Defense predict air traffic will grow at nearly 5 percent annually due to a healthy up-tick in the world economy over the next two decades.

“Global Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs) are expected to grow at about 4.5 to 5 percent per year, which is a little bit above the historic norm,” said Deloitte Global and U.S. Aerospace and Defense Leader Tom Captain in an interview with Avionics Magazine. “But that can be explained because of the wealth-creating economies in parts of the world that haven’t had a history of air travel.”

Continue Reading On aviationtoday.com »

Global business aviation activity saw modest gains in the third quarter of 2014 with 2 percent growth quarter-over-quarter and 2.2 percent growth year-over-year, according to Jet Support Services Inc.’s (JSSI) most recent Business Aviation Index report. JSSI, a provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, tracks the number of hours that business aircraft have flown by region, industry and aircraft type and releases all related data on a quarterly basis.

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Dassault set to roll out first Falcon 8X, Dining on a private jet: Is catering an issue?

November 21st, 2014

Duncan Aviation Embraer Legacy 600 Tip-to-Tail Refurbishment Timelapse

This is a great video from Duncan Aviation where they time lapse the refurbishement of an Embraer Legacy 600.

Have you ever seen a 96-month inspection, wi-fi install and a full interior/paint refurbishment on a super midsize business jet in just 3:30? Duncan Aviation paired up with Embraer Executive Jet’s PreFlown division to develop a timelapse video showcasing what it takes to inspect and update an Embraer Legacy 600.

Save the date: December 17, 2014, 6PM at Bordeaux-Mérignac, France. Dassault aviation will present the newest member of the family: The rollout of the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X.

Dassault Falcon 8X Rollout on Wednesday December 17, 2014 exterior photoDassault Falcon 8X Rollout on Wednesday December 17, 2014 interior photo

About the Falcon 8X:

The Falcon 8X represents an important addition to the Falcon product line, expanding its offering in the ultra long range segment. The new aircraft has a range of 6,450 nautical miles (11,945 km) with 8 passengers at Mach .80. With a 14 hour endurance flight capacity, it will be able to connect non-stop Los Angeles with Beijing, Beijing with New York or Paris with Singapore.

Save the date Falcon 8X Rollout December 17, 2014

Continue Reading On AviationWorldNews.com »

This is a great article about catering on private aircraft. Gus Lira, Vice President at JetOptions says “We consider catering as one more of the important facets to your private jet charter experience. At JetOptions, when ordering catering, we first insure that the order details are correct and verified by our clients. Then, we corroborate that the order is in fact exactly what has been ordered, and lastly we go over the serving details with the flight attendant. Catering is one of the many services we provide where we know attention to detail and follow through will enhance your trip.”

Private jet dining and catering is an important detail when chartering through JetOptions

Any regular airline passenger will tell you there is a special place in hell reserved for aeroplane food, but when you are paying upwards of $8,000 an hour to charter a large-cabin private jet, bad food is something that can no longer be excused.

There are a number of problems with serving food at 40,000 ft. For starters, your taste buds become less perceptive, as you lose your taste of salt by up to 50 per cent (although for newer private jets that have a lower atmospheric pressure, this is less of an issue). Then there is the low humidity of the cabin, which weakens your sense of smell – and further diminishes your ability to taste – and can cause any food on board to dry up.

A skilled chef can get around these problems by seasoning their food with sea salt, making better use of sauce and packing their recipes with rich ‘umami’ flavours, using ingredients such as soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms and slow-cooked stocks. But cooking for private jet passengers is not only about flavour, it is more importantly about hygiene and safety.

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

Gulfstream Manufactures 100th G650, Private Aviation Demand Is On The Rise

November 20th, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that it has manufactured the 100th G650. The ultra-long-range business jet was delivered to a customer on Nov. 14, 2014. You can charter a Gulfstream G650 from JetOptions.

Gulfstream Manufactures 100th G650

“The production of the 100th G650 is a testament to the demand for this amazing aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It truly set a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort when it entered into service in December 2012. The completion of the 100th aircraft also speaks volumes about the skilled employees who build these planes.”

The G650 was announced on March 13, 2008, and took its first flight on November 25, 2009. The aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 7, 2012, and by the European Aviation Safety Agency on December 21, 2012.

Gulfstream delivers to customer 100th G650

The aircraft can fly near the speed of sound, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles/11,112 kilometers at Mach 0.90 or 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.85. It can connect passengers nonstop from London to Los Angeles and Beijing to New York.

“Since it entered service, the G650 has proven it is a performance leader,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G650 has claimed 42 speed records and secured an around-the-world speed record. It’s more fuel-efficient than many other aircraft, offers customers one of the most comfortable cabin experiences and is equipped with industry-leading safety features.”

The G650 has the largest business-jet cabin and provides passengers with wider seats, more aisle room and the ability to control the cabin entertainment, temperature and lighting with a smart device, such as an iPhone® or iPod®. The large windows, quiet cabin and low cabin altitude improve comfort and reduce fatigue. Passengers have the ability to work, connect to the Internet or relax before arriving at their destination.

Continue Reading On GulfstreamNews.Com »

Private Jet Services Index Shows Strong Increase In Third Quarter Of 2014

Private aviation demand is on the rise, according to the latest Aviation Demand Index, released by Private Jet Services (PJS) last week.

Private aviation has seen an 11% increase in qualified demand in Q3 over Q2 of this year, with a 6% increase in the same time period for private aviation trips flown. PJS has also seen a 56% increase in the number of inquiries for private aviation services.

It’s likely that the steady increase in demand is a result of a combination of continued growth throughout the economy and the unique service offerings that Private Jet Services offers. Gross domestic product in the economy as a whole has expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5% in Q3, a significant rate, though down slightly from the 4.6% growth of Q2.

Continue Reading On aero-news.net »


JetOptions Charter Network Has Access to One More Challenger 604

Based in Teterboro, JetOptions has access to a second Bombardier Challenger 604 in their network of available private business jets.

JetOptions Charter Network Has Access to One More Challenger 604

The aircraft has been completely refurbished including a fully renovated cabin, and the installation of high-speed Wi-Fi. It is based at Teterboro Airport (TEB), and is immediately available for charter. Call JetOptions to charter this Challenger 604 or any other business jet.

JetOptions Empty Leg Charter and One Way Charter Availability – November 18, 2014

November 18th, 2014

JetOptions One Way and Empty Leg Segments Available for Charter – November 18, 2014

Current one way and empty legs charter listings. Segment listings are updated as soon as they become available. For an up to date list got to JetOptions Jet Charter Specials.

Empty leg charter offerings are not for scheduled flights. Many departure times and locations are negotiable. Call JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or send us an email to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements are within the charter availability of these private aircraft. The jet charter prices quoted are for itineraries specified. Any changes to itinerary are subject to a price change. Rates shown are exclusive of taxes and other fees.

July 3rd 2014 one ways

An empty leg is when an aircraft operator needs to be moved without any passengers. Sometimes the crew is positioning from their base to a point where passengers will be picked up for a booked trip. Keep in mind that these flights exist because someone else has already chartered a flight. This means you are more than likely going to be flying under the of the original customer’s flight. You may be unable to depart at your preferred times and will have to be flexible with the departure or arrival airport. Flexibility on dates, times, origin and destination will always give you more charter options.

  • Date: 11/30/2014 – 12/02/2014
    From: New York To: Florida
    Aircraft: Gulfstream IVSP     Trip type: One way charter

    True one way private jet charter rates are available for this 14 passenger heavy Gulfstream executive jet. Call JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or email us your aircraft charter request to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements fit within this private jet’s charter availability. ACP1105

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  • Date: 11/30/2014 – 11/30/2014
    From: Oxford, MS (UOX) To: Manassas, VA (HEF)
    Aircraft: Learjet 60     Trip type: Empty leg charter

    Empty leg charter offerings are not for scheduled flights. Many departure times and locations are negotiable. Call JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or send us an email to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements are within the charter availability of this 8 passsenger mid size Learjet 60. CA1118

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  • Date: 11/29/2014 – 11/30/2014
    From: Waukegan, IL (UGN) To: West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
    Aircraft: Hawker 800XP     Trip type: One way charter

    Charter this 8 passenger mid size jet at true one way rate of $11,600.00. LA1103

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  • Date: 11/29/2014 – 11/30/2014
    From: Milwaukee, WI (MKE) To: Scottsdale, AZ (SDL)
    Aircraft: Hawker 800XP     Trip type: One way charter

    Charter this 8 passenger midsize jet at point to point pricing of $16,000.00. LA1103

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  • Date: 11/29/2014 – 11/29/2014
    From: Colorado To: Florida
    Aircraft: Gulfstream IVSP     Trip type: One way charter

    True one way private jet charter rates are available for this 14 passenger heavy Gulfstream executive jet. Call JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or email us your aircraft charter request to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements fit within this private aircraft’s charter availability. ACP1105

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  • Date: 11/29/2014 – 11/30/2014
    From: Chicago, IL (PWK) To: Florida
    Aircraft: Citation II     Trip type: One-way charter

    True one way private jet rental rates are available on this 7 passenger light Citation executive jet. VA1113

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  • Date: 11/28/2014 – 11/29/2014
    From: Seattle, WA (BFI) To: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
    Aircraft: Learjet 55     Trip type: One way charter

    This mid size Learjet seats up to 8 passengers and can be chartered at true one way rates starting at $7,500.00. Charter prices quoted are for itinerary specified. Any changes to itinerary are subject to a price change. Prices are exclusive of taxes and other fees. LA1114

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  • Date: 11/23/2014 – 11/25/2014
    From: Florida To: New York
    Aircraft: Gulfstream IVSP     Trip type: One way charter

    One way jet charter rates are available for this 14 passenger heavy Gulfstream executive jet. Contact JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or email us your trip request at charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements fit within this private jet’s charter availability. ACP1105

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  • Date: 11/22/2014 – 11/22/2014
    From: Marsh Harbor, BA (MYAM) To: Manassas, VA (HEF)
    Aircraft: Learjet 60     Trip type: Empty leg charter

    Empty leg charter offerrings are not for scheduled flights. Many departure times and locations are negotiable. Call JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or send us an email to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements are within the charter availability of this 8 passsenger mid size Learjet 60. CA1109

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  • Date: 11/22/2014 – 11/23/2014
    From: FloridaTo: Chicago, IL (PWK)
    Aircraft: Citation II     Trip type: One way charter

    Point to point pricing is available for this light jet chat seats up to 7 passengers. VA1113

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  • Date: 11/21/2014 – 11/21/2014
    From: Manassas, VA (HEF) To: Oxford, MS (UOX)
    Aircraft: Learjet 60     Trip type: Empty leg charter

    Empty leg charter deals are not for scheduled flights. Most departure times and locations are negotiable. Contact JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or send us and email to charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your charter requirements fit within the availability of this 8 passsenger midsize Learjet 60. CA1109

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  • Date: 11/21/2014 – 11/24/2014
    From: New York, NY (TEB) To: London
    Aircraft: FalconEX     Trip type: One way charter

    Newly refurbished 13 passenger Falcon heavy jet. Sleeps 6. Full galley. True one way prices. GA1111

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  • Date: 11/21/2014 – 11/21/2014
    From: Chicago, IL (PWK) To: Florida
    Aircraft: Citation II     Trip type: One way charter

    This 7 passenger light jet is available for one way private jet charter rates and must depart in the morning of November 21st. VA1113

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  • Date: 11/21/2014 – 11/22/2014
    From: Eston, MD (ESN) To: Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
    Aircraft: Hawker 800XP     Trip type: One way charter

    This 8 passenger mid size Hawker jet can be chartered at true one way rates starting at $8,900.00. Private jet charter prices quoted are for itinerary specified. Any changes to itinerary are subject to a price change. Prices are exclusive of taxes and other fees. LA1114

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  • Date: 11/20/2014 – 11/22/2014
    From: Florida To: Colorado
    Aircraft: Gulfstream GIV-SP     Trip type: One way charter

    One way charter rates are available for this 14 passenger heavy Gulfstream corporate jet. Contact JetOptions at 888-535-9538 or email us your trip request at charter@flyjetoptions.com to determine if your travel requirements fit within this private aircraft’s charter availability. ACP1105

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  • Date: 11/19/2014 – 11/20/2014
    From: Milwaukee, WI (MKE) To: Teterboro, NJ (TEB)
    Aircraft: Hawker 800XP     Trip type: One way charter

    Charter this 8 passenger mid size jet at true one way rate of $9,100.00. LA1103

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  • Date: 11/19/2014 – 11/22/2014
    From: Middle East To: Europe
    Aircraft: Challenger 604     Trip type: One way charter

    This heavy jet seats up to 9 passengers and can be chartered at true one way rates starting at $43,000.00. The jet charter prices shown here are for itinerary specified. Any changes to itinerary are subject to a price change. Prices are exclusive of taxes and other fees. IJ1118

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  • Date: 11/18/2014 – 11/19/2014
    From: Teterboro, NJ (TEB) To: Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
    Aircraft: Hawker 800XP     Trip type: One way charter

    This mid size Hawker seats up to 8 passengers, has a brand new interior and complimentary Wi-Fi. Aircraft can be chartered on 11/18 beginning at 430pm at true one way rates starting at $12,995.00. The jet charter prices quoted are for itinerary specified. Any changes to itinerary are subject to a price change. Prices are exclusive of taxes and other fees. RSV1118

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Gulfstream Begins Delivering G650ER Aircraft to Customers, First Chinese Built Citation XLS+ Delivered

November 17th, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER business jet to a customer, ahead of the 2015 projected delivery date.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER business jet to a customer, ahead of the 2015 projected delivery date.

“It’s a good day when you can deliver on your promises ahead of schedule,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “Our customers have been waiting for the G650ER, the business jet that travels farther at faster speeds than any other business jet on the market. This aircraft delivers speed and range, providing passengers a world-class travel experience. The G650ER, by all definitions, is the industry leader.”

Gulfstream announced the G650ER in May of this year. The aircraft received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration five months later.

“In today’s fast-paced world, our customers need to travel longer legs at faster speeds,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “We are proud to be able to offer a product that meets the needs of our customers. I commend our employees, from engineering to manufacturing, who have worked to develop and design such a superior aircraft.”

Continue Reading On gulfstreamnews.com »

Cessna-Avic Aircraft Zhuhai, a joint venture between Cessna Aircraft and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga), delivered the first two Citation XLS+s assembled at the company’s Zhuhai facility. The Chinese-built Citations were handed over to Guangzhou Zhongheng Group during a ceremony at Airshow China in Zhuhai.

Continue Reading On ainonline.com »

Cessna targets Chinese Citation X+ and Sovereign+ certification for early 2015

November 15th, 2014

Cessna says it is on track to receive Chinese certification for both the Citation X+ and Sovereign+ during the first quarter of 2015.

Cessna received US FAA certification for the Cessna Sovereign+ in December 2013 and for the Citation X+ in June 2014.

The FAA’s online register currently shows that there are around 10 Citation X+ and around 30 Sovereign+s currently in operation.

“Both the Citation X+ and Sovereign+ are extremely well-suited for the China market as they combine excellent performance, large cabin comfort, and superb acquisition and operating costs,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “They both have a range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles, which means the whole of Asia is one flight away.”

Cessna targets Chinese Citation X+ and Sovereign+ certification for early 2015
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China’s Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Financial Leasing (SPDBFL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bombardier that could see the Chinese bank provide financing for the Canadian manufacturers clients.

The $500 million fund will be available to both commercial and business aircraft customers, and covers advance payment financing, delivery financing and leasing solutions.

Bombardier will be hoping that the fund will help to attract further customers within China.

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Striking workers blocking the doors at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos metalworking facility are stopping Embraer from performing “critical operations”‘ such as processing bills and delivering aircraft, according to a statement from Embraer.

The strike, originally declared to last an “indefinite” period of time, saw operations halt at Embraer’s main production plant on Wednesday 5 November when 2,000 workers put down their tools. By the next day, the total number of strikers had reached 10,000, over 75 per cent of Embraer’s 13,000 total workforce.

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Airshow China: Textron Aviation in big Zhuhai push, Daher-Socata Hoping To Be Awarded More G500, G600 Work

November 14th, 2014

Textron Aviation has a significant presence at this year’s Airshow China in Zhuhai, with four aircraft appearing on static display.

The US company brought four different types to the show: a Cessna Citation XLS+ business jet (appearing at the show for the first time), a Beechcraft 350i turboprop, a Cessna Grand Caravan EX single engine turboprop, and a Beechcraft Baron G58 twin-engine piston aircraft.

Textron Aviation has a significant presence at 2014 Airshow China

The company says it is steadily growing its presence in China, and says its two joint ventures with the China Aviation General Aircraft Company (CAIGA) are going well.

Textron used the show to deliver the first two deliveries of the Citation XLS+ jets to emerge from its Zhuhai facility, which is primarily involved in assembly, painting, testing, interior installation, and customisation of aircraft delivered form the USA.

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

Daher-Socata is hoping to be tapped for more work packages on the recently announced Gulfstream G500 and G600, beyond its commitment to make main landing gear doors for the new large-cabin jets. Gulfstream “has been happy with our first deliveries and may award us other aerostructures by year-end,” Daher group marketing director Vincent Chanron told AIN. These other potential work packages were originally assigned to an unidentified supplier that Gulfstream is now dissatisfied with, he said…

Daher-Socata is hoping to be tapped for more work packages on the recently announced Gulfstream G500 Daher-Socata is hoping to be tapped for more work packages on the recently announced Gulfstream G600

Continue Reading On ainonline.com »

Cessna: Citation X+, Sovereign+ On Track For CAAC Certification, Cessna, CAIGA Joint Venture Begins Citation XLS+ Deliveries

November 13th, 2014

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that its new Citation X+ and Citation Sovereign+ models are on track to gain certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in early 2015. The Citation X+, the world’s fastest business jet, is making its first appearance in China in conjunction with Airshow China.

Cessna: Citation X+, Sovereign+ On Track For CAAC Certification

“Both the Citation X+ and Sovereign+ are extremely well-suited for the China market as they combine excellent performance, large cabin comfort, and superb acquisition and operating costs,” said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president and CEO. “They both have a range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles, which means the whole of Asia is one flight away.”

The Citation Sovereign+, certified in the United States in December 2013, and the Citation X+, certified in June 2014, are larger members of the world’s most popular line of business jets, the Cessna Citation family. Both aircraft boast large stand up cabins, advanced cockpit systems designed to meet global, 21st century airspace management requirements, and Cessna proprietary passenger cabin electronics that offer unrivaled productivity and communication.

The new Citation X+ has seating for up to 12 passengers, a maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet (15,545 meters), an unmatched maximum speed of Mach 0.935, and an increased range of 3,408 nautical miles. The range of the Citation X+ gives operators the ability for direct flights from Beijing to New Delhi, Singapore to Tokyo, Shanghai to Darwin, or Hong Kong to Dubai.

Also featuring a large cabin for up to 12 people, the Citation Sovereign+ has a range of 3,188 nautical miles (5,904 km), a top speed of 460 knots (852 kilometers/hour) and a direct climb to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters).

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Cessna Aircraft Company announced the first deliveries of the Citation XLS+ business jets from the company’s joint venture operations in Zhuhai. The joint venture (CESSNA-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.) between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (CAIGA) is delivering the first two Citation XLS+ aircraft to Guangzhou Zhongheng Group, Ltd. as part of the company’s activities during Airshow China, Nov.11 – 16 in Zhuhai.

Cessna, CAIGA Joint Venture Begins Citation XLS+ Deliveries

“Businesses around the world have continued to select the Citation XLS+ because of its unique blend of performance capabilities and operational efficiencies,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “We are honored to celebrate Guangzhou Zhongheng Group as our Citation XLS+ launch customer in China and commend the company for evaluating the options in the market and choosing this aircraft as the productivity tool that will help grow their business throughout the region.”

As a large enterprise covering various market segments including pharmaceuticals, hospitality, real estate, and food and beverage, Guangzhou Zhongheng Group selected the Citation XLS+ to provide greater access to locations where the company has facilities and customers.

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Focus on the UK

British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey says business aviation is facing external pressures during potential growth in the UK.

It is interesting when you look at the industry recovery figures throughout Europe. There are pockets of potential improvement in one or two areas and others where the growth has still not returned to where we were in 2011. What is quite ironic is the way the UK government is complaining about the potential

European surcharge of £1.7Bn to fund other European economies who have not managed their finances in a prudent way. If you stop and look at what is being proposed by certain government agencies to impact the business aviation market, one has to wonder if it is actually just the same unfairness being applied to our sector.

The Italian fiasco

Before I show you what I am talking about, I would like to remind the reader of what happened in another member state over the last couple of years.

In Italy, a decision was made to increase the taxation on business aviation activities. In this case, it was very clear that no economic impact assessment was made to determine the market impact, nor was any analysis undertaken regarding the projected tax yield from the policy change. Even though the proposed changes were watered down within six months, the market dropped by 17% in terms of operations into the country – a share that was never recovered because confidence was lost.

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Avinode Adds First Challenger 350, Piaggio Opens New Manufacturing Plant in Italy, Global Air Travel Demand Rises

November 12th, 2014

The new Challenger 350 with the registration OE-HRS is the latest addition to the AOC of IJM and to the charter fleet of AC Aviation Charter. The aircraft can carry up to 9 passengers.

The aircraft is owned by an aircraft management client of IJM and is operated commercially. So, beside owner flights, the aircraft is also available for third party charter clients. If you would like to charter this heavy jet Challenger 350 contact JetOptions. Gus Lira can arrange charter for this or any other size aircraft you need.

First Challenger 350 in Avinode

 “Given the proven reliability and our excellent experience with the Challenger 300 aircraft, International Jet Management is very pleased to be operating the new Challenger 350 business jets in Europe,” said Felix Feller, CEO and founder of International Jet Management…

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According to a new analysis from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air travel demand rose 5.3 percent in September over the same month last year.

Demand was measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs).

This continues the positive growth trend for passenger demand even though the performance was slightly below the August year-over-year rise of 6.3 percent. September capacity rose 5.1 percent and load factor rose 0.2 percentage points to 80.3 percent.

This means more crowded airports and longer lines. One more reason to fly private with JetOptions.

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Piaggio Opens New Manufacturing Plant in Italy

Piaggio Aerospace opened its aerospace center of excellence at Villanova d’Albenga, Italy, on Friday. The 31-acre site includes a 527,400-sq-ft plant where Piaggio will design, develop and manufacture its Avanti Evo turboprop twin, multirole patrol aircraft (MPA) based on the Avanti and remote-piloted P.1HH HammerHead surveillance and reconnaissance airplane.

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