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Month: January 2023

Private Jet Movements up 3% in Dubai South

TradeArabia News Service – Reports

The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) at Dubai South has announced that private jet movements continued to grow in 2022, recording a 3% increase compared to 2021.

The hub recorded 15,444 movements throughout the year. In December 2022, 2,319 private jet movements were recorded, the highest in a single month, representing a 36% growth over December 2021.

The growth of movements is attributed to several factors, including the relentless efforts and strategic initiatives announced by the government. This has resulted in achieving record visitor numbers and attracting investors and people from across the globe, who flock to the emirate due to the ease of doing business, safety and security and the attractive visa schemes, to name a few, said a statement.

Another important factor is the FIFA World Cup 2022, which was hosted in Qatar, where many VIP travellers and private jet owners flew to Dubai via the VIP Terminal at MBRAH, highlighting the trust and confidence in the premium services offered at the terminal, it said.

Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “We are proud to see the continuous growth of private jets movements since the onset of the pandemic. Our wise leadership’s vision significantly contributed to cementing the emirate’s position across global indices, with the recent one being its premier ranking regionally and second globally on the ‘Top 100 City Destinations Index 2022’, which was revealed by Euromonitor International last month. We will spare no effort in attracting visitors and businesses to Dubai through our state-of-the-art infrastructure and top-notch services that we provide at MBRAH to foster the emirate’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub.”

MBRAH offers global aerospace players high-level connectivity and is a free-zone destination for the world’s leading airlines, private jet companies, and associated industries. Located in and developed by Dubai South, MBRAH is also home to maintenance centres and training and education campuses.

This New Chopper-Like VTOL Is 40% Less Expensive to Fly Than a Conventional Helicopter

Rachel Cormack from Robb Report

ARC Aerosystems is moving from unmanned to manned.

The UK startup, which has designed two UAVs for cargo transportation to date, has just unveiled its first passenger plane. The new ARC Linx P9, which debuted at the Airfinance Journal event in Dublin last week, has been billed as the “world’s most advanced nine-seater aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability.”

Designed as a cost-effective, low-carbon solution to intercity travel, the newcomer offers the flexibility of a helicopter with the performance of a fixed-wing utility aircraft. The cabin roughly doubles the payload of typical eVTOL air taxis, meaning it can take more passengers and cargo. In fact, it’s similar to an AW109 helicopter in terms of size.

The Linx has a far less complex drivetrain than a chopper, though, that will reportedly reduce the overall maintenance costs. The craft is equipped with a single rotor and twin turboprop engines that can run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) or even hydrogen in the future.

With a composite airframe, the lightweight vessel will have low drag and will be able to reach 200 knots at full tilt or cruise at 162 knots. It can also fly up to 13,000 feet for a maximum of 512 nautical miles. To top it off, the versatile plane is able to perform a jump take-off and no-roll landing without the need of a runway.

The vessel is said to be 40 percent more cost-effective than traditional helicopters (based on the DARPA model) and have a 30 percent increased range compared to similar size helicopters (based on the Roskam method).

“It’s a very exciting design concept that is the ultimate solution for the market, that is affordable, safe and practical, whilst providing the right answer to the current environmental concerns,” ARC’s CEO Seyed Mohseni said in a statement.

Inside, meanwhile, the cabin spans 268 cubic feet and can be configured with seats or without seats. It will reportedly offer the comfort of a private jet but the affordability of a flying taxi.

The new ARC Linx P9 could enter service as soon as 2028. Keep your eyes on the skies, folks.

Why This Hydrogen-Powered Engine Could Be the Future of Flying

Rob Finfrock from Robb Report

ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell could be a game-changer for aircraft of all sizes.

Will hydrogen fuel cells beat battery-powered engines and biofuels to become the go-to power source for aviation?

One California company is betting on it. Entrepreneur Val Miftakhov founded ZeroAvia in 2017 to develop a workable hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain for aircraft. According to Miftakhov, the ZeroAvia system, currently going through flight testing, not only eliminates emissions but will offer much lower operating costs compared to traditional piston and turbine engines.

While battery-powered electric propulsion offers the promise of cleaner and quieter skies, that solution is still largely impractical because of the current limitations of battery technologies. Hydrogen fuel cells deliver better durability and range than aircraft powered by electric systems.

“With compressed hydrogen gas storage, you immediately have four to five times the advantage in terms of energy density if you compare a 1,000-lb. fuel cell system to a 1,000-lb. battery,” he told Robb Report. “When you get into liquid hydrogen storage, you’re talking a factor of 12 to 15.”

As the most abundant element on earth, hydrogen has an allure to the aviation sector because of its need to reduce carbon emissions. Fuel cells store compressed hydrogen, which provides fuel to the zero-emissions electric engine. The only byproduct is water vapor.

Miftakhov says that hydrogen fuel-cell technology can be used in the near term, rather than 10 or 20 years down the road. ZeroAvia has installed a prototype 260-kilowatt powertrain on two, single-engine Piper PA46 aircraft. Test flights began last year in California. On one of the planes, the hydrogen will be stored in above-wing, pylon-mounted tanks.

Miftakhov, who founded the electric vehicle-charging company eMotorWerks, says introducing hydrogen to aviation offers distinct advantages over using it in automobiles, since far fewer hydrogen-distribution stations will be needed to support aircraft. ZeroAvia’s fuel cell solution also uses existing aircraft, airports and air traffic control systems, versus the need to develop a new aviation infrastructure for urban air mobility and autonomous, electrically powered air taxis.

The real promise of hydrogen fuel cell propulsion lies in its relative scalability to larger aircraft, says Miftakhov, from existing regional aircraft up through narrow-body airliners. “You’re going to have a real problem in 2050 if you don’t do something right now,” he says. “The useful life of a commercial aircraft is 30 years, so any purchase locks the industry into an emissions trajectory for 30 years. If your target is 2050, you want some semblance of sustainability today.”

Aviation accounts for 12 percent of annual emissions in the transportation sector and that number is on its way to doubling by 2050. ZeroAvia’s goal is to see its hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain installed over the next two or three years on regional aircraft that fly routes of about 500 miles.

Images courtesy of ZeroAvia

Sky Aviation Holdings Finishes 2022 Strong With Multiple Jet Sales

Investors Observer – Reports

Sky Aviation Holdings Finishes 2022 Strong With Multiple Jet Sales in December with 4 Major Transactions.

Sky Aviation Holdings is pleased to share with their customers, patrons, and partners that they had a strong finish in 2022 with several successful aircraft and luxury personal jet sales in December alone. Over the past decade, the Group has expanded its operations into Beechjets, Hawkers, Citations, Learjets, and Challengers. Last month, the Group witnessed a standout sale with the Beechjet 400A, a light jet popular for its impeccable range, speed, and cabin space. This version of Beechjet is the most sought-after aircraft and is preferred by business travelers.

Sky Aviation Holdings could find a buyer quickly for this aircraft due to its expansive network if Beechjet owners. The group has developed a reputation for being the most reliable dealer of this aircraft. One of the major contributors is the recent increase in the average asking price and the decrease in the days that Beechjet is available in the market, resulting in strong demand and reputation. The average asking price for Beechjet 400A in the first quarter of 2023 is expected to rise to 30% on average, and the days on the market have decreased by 15%. This aircraft is the best bet for businesses looking for maximized efficiency and productivity.

The next big sale of the month was Hawker 400XP, a midsize business jet known for its versatility and efficiency. This aircraft was bought and sold in less than a week due to the group’s stronghold in the market. This aircraft is backed by impressive statistics about its absorption rate and average asking price. While the absorption rate remained 2.7 in the past year, the average asking price rose by 26% in January 2023 alone. This shows that business jet buyers will bear the premium to invest in this top-performing aircraft.

Apart from these luxury private jet sales , the Group has also witnessed sales in the Cheyenne and Learjet 60. The Cheyenne needs no introduction as it is classified as the top turboprop aircraft backed by strong performance records. The Learjet 60, on the other hand, is a popular pick by corporate travelers. This aircraft boasts spacious cabin space and advanced technology that promises a comfortable travel experience. These four major sales in December 2022 has put Sky Aviation Holdings on the global map setting its stand as a reliable and reputed dealer of private jets. The website is now updated with the newest inventory of private jets for sale .

Royaljet to Fly Honeywell JetWave Connectivity

Adam Gavine – Reports

RoyalJet Abu Dhabi, a private aviation operator, has signed a letter of intent with Honeywell to add Ka-band connectivity services to its latest Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). The companies have been working together for five years, and with this latest deal Honeywell will supply its JetWave high-speed satellite communications hardware and airtime services, which will enable secure, high-speed wi-fi on all devices brought on board via Inmarsat Aviation’s GX Ka-band network.

The latest aircraft will be the 10th BBJ in RoyalJet’s fleet, with the carrier being the world’s largest operator of BBJs (fleet details HERE). The new aircraft will be RoyalJet’s seventh BBJ to be fitted with Honeywell IFC systems.

“Today’s business jet passengers are very tech-savvy and expect to use their devices, especially their mobile phones, from the moment they board an aircraft to the moment they land,” said Mohamed Hussain Ahmed, CEO of RoyalJet. “We have partnered with Honeywell and their connectivity solutions help us address our passengers’ need for modern comfort and connectivity, allowing access to reliable speeds, thereby fulfilling customer demands.”

Warren Buffett nicknamed his jet ‘The Indefensible’ – then renamed it ‘The Indispensable’

Theron Mohamed from Yahoo Finance – Reports

  • Warren Buffett bought his first private jet in 1986 and upgraded to a much pricier one in 1989.
  • Buffett and his business partner, Charlie Munger, clashed over the extravagant purchases.
  • The investor changed his plane’s nickname from “The Indefensible” to “The Indispensable.”
  • Warren Buffett may rank among the wealthiest people on the planet, but he’s known for his frugal habits and modest lifestyle. The billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO initially balked at the idea of owning a private jet, but ultimately embraced the luxury and convenience.
  • Warren Buffett nicknamed his private jet ‘The Indefensible’ – then renamed it ‘The Indispensable’ after realizing its value.

Warren Buffett may rank among the wealthiest people on the planet, but he’s known for his frugal habits and modest lifestyle. The billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO initially balked at the idea of owning a private jet, but ultimately embraced the luxury and convenience.

A triumph over thriftiness
Buffett was riding high in 1986 after growing Berkshire’s net worth by over $600 million or 48% the previous year. He called up Walter Scott Jr., a fellow executive and longtime friend, to ask how he could possibly justify buying a plane for himself.

“Warren, you don’t justify it, you rationalize it,” Scott replied. Buffett followed his advice and “sheepishly” spent $850,000 on a used Falcon 20 jet, author Alice Schroeder wrote in “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.” Buffett wrestled with the ostentatious purchase because it clashed with his upbringing and self-image. He was so miserly that when The Washington Post’s publisher and his close friend, Katharine Graham, asked him for a dime to make a phone call at the airport once, he pulled out a quarter and started rushing off to get change. She eventually convinced him to let her squander 15 cents.

“For Buffett, it was like leaping in one bound over Mount Kilimanjaro to go from justifying 25 cents for a phone call to rationalizing two pilots and an entire airplane to carry him around like a pharaoh on a litter,” Schroeder said in her biography of the investor.

Yet Buffett swiftly embraced the high life. He sold the first jet and splurged $6.7 million on a different used jet in 1989, he admitted in his yearly letter to Berkshire shareholders. He joked they might “understandably panic” if the cost of upgrading the plane kept multiplying like bacteria, as it wouldn’t be long until Berkshire had its entire net worth wrapped up in a single aircraft.

“Charlie doesn’t like it when I equate the jet with bacteria; he feels it’s degrading to the bacteria,” Buffett quipped, referring to his business partner, Charlie Munger. He also revealed the nickname they had chosen for the uncharacteristic indulgence: “The Indefensible.”

Buffett poked fun at his hypocrisy in his 1992 letter, framing his purchase as a display of “uncharacteristic flexibility. For years, I argued passionately against corporate jets,” he said. “But finally my dogma was run over by my karma.”

Planes and buses
Buffett may be a fan of luxury travel, but Munger considers it frivolous. “The back of the plane arrives at the same time as the front of the plane, invariably,” Berkshire’s vice-chairman said at the 1994 shareholder meeting.

“His idea of traveling in style is an air-conditioned bus, a luxury he steps up to only when bargain fares are in effect,” Buffett teased Munger in his 1989 letter. The investor noted in his 1990 letter that if he died the next day, Berkshire’s earnings would jump by $1 million annually as Munger would immediately sell the company plane.

Moreover, when Buffett was asked at the 1994 meeting if a new cross-country service would spur him to cut back on private flights, he jokingly accused Munger of hiring the audience member to shame him. “This is a question planted by Charlie,” he said, before underscoring how much he enjoys the plane.

“I take it to the drugstore at the moment,” he said. “It’s just a question of when I start sleeping in it at the hangar.” Buffett ultimately overcame his qualms and championed the plane’s value, rebranding it as “The Indispensable.”

Business Aviation Counters Critics Ahead Of The World Economic Forum

Doug Gollan writing for Forbes – Reports

With hundreds of private jets set to descend on Switzerland as the World Economic Forum in Davos gets underway this week, business aviation entities are seeking to provide some counterpoints to answer critics who use the annual conference to rail against the industry. Most critics completely or largely ignore industry efforts to reduce emissions. In 2021 the industry pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Its original pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% was made back in 2009.

“The rich and powerful flock to Davos in private jets to discuss global economics and the climate behind closed doors while winter temperature records are broken all over Europe. Private jets are the most polluting way to travel, and it’s deeply unfair that a select few can emit huge amounts of carbon while the most vulnerable face the brunt of the damage from climate breakdown. The EU must ban private jets and needless short flights to start tackling the climate crisis in an equitable way,” Greenpeace’s Lorelei Limousin said in a release issued last week. The group is promoting the hashtag #banprivatejets. Recently, theme park heiress Abigail Disney stepped up her campaign against the segment, tweeting in part, “Private jets are a cancer.”

Private aviation is responsible for just 2% of aviation’s total carbon output, and aviation is just 2.1% of overall human-induced carbon emissions, meaning that private jets emit 0.04% of global human-induced CO2 emissions. However, the industry is using Davos to highlight ways private flyers can do their part to reduce emissions. Jet Aviation’s Zurich location is offering attendees Sustainable Aviation Fuel via its Book & Claim program. Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF, reduces aviation CO2 emissions by up to 80%. Book & Claim allows flyers to buy SAF even in locations where it’s not available.

“We are committed to providing sustainable choices for our customers,” says Jet Aviation President, David Paddock, adding, “We also recognize that achieving a more sustainable future is not just about the services we provide, but how we provide them and how we do business in the communities in which we operate. Book & Claim allows anyone traveling to and from Davos to support sustainability and grow the market for sustainable aviation fuels.”

So, how does Book & Claim work?
According to the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, “Book & Claim is a transactional process which gives a purchaser (Purchaser A) the option to buy SAF that is not physically available at a preferred location but is consumed somewhere else, or booked, by another purchaser (Purchaser B). The Claim portion of this transaction is Purchaser A realizing the environmental benefit or credit associated with SAF.” That means by using Book & Claim, even when SAF isn’t available; you are able to claim the benefits against any compliance reporting you or your company have, or just to be nice to the environment.

Book & Claim complements numerous other flight provider initiatives. More than two dozen jet card and fractional providers also offer carbon offsets, either included in hourly rates or available for customers to purchase. Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets and Directional Aviation, parent of Flexjet, Sentient Jet, FXAir and PrivateFly, have both invested in sustainable fuel producers. Some are going farther than just offsetting CO2 emissions from flying. Sentient Jet offsets 300% of carbon emissions to account for additional climate-impacting emissions. VistaJet has pledged to be carbon neutral as a company by 2025. Charter broker Victor offers Book & Claim for all flights, allowing its customers to purchase SAF for their trips. 4Air works with operators, FBOs, corporate flight departments and others in business aviation to audit and provide solutions to achieve climate-neutral operations.

“Business aviation is deeply committed to climate action, and we are proud that we have reduced our carbon emissions 40% over the past 40 years,” said International Business Aviation Council Director General and SAF Coalition Steering Committee Co-Chair Kurt Edwards as part of the Jet Aviation announcement. The National Business Aviation Association reports SAF production doubled last year. Supplies are expected to grow more than 400% between 2022 and 2025. While private aviation plays a critical role in allowing businesses to exist and thrive in locations not well-served by the airlines, flying lifesaving organ transplants and bringing first-responders and supplies after natural disasters, expect a slew of stories calling for private jets to be banned.

Orient Express Silenseas: The world’s largest sailing ship is unveiled

Vicky Karantzavelou from TravelDailyNews – Reports

A 220-meter-long ocean treasure with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 Suites measuring on average 70-square-meters, including a monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite (including a 530-square-meter private terrace), two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar.

140 years after the launch of its first luxury trains, the Orient Express legend continues with the unveiling of the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas. This revolution in maritime history is an ambitious undertaking that pushes the limits of what is possible. The result of a unique French partnership between world leader in hospitality Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a globally leading shipbuilding company, this extraordinary sailing yacht of the future with spectacular interiors will set sail in 2026.

“With Orient Express Silenseas, we are beginning a new chapter in our history, taking the experience and excellence of luxury travel and transposing it onto the world’s most beautiful seas. This exceptional sailing yacht, with roots in Orient Express’ history, will offer unparalleled service and refined design spaces, reminiscent of the golden age of mythical cruises.” says Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor.

“With a signed letter of intent to order two ships, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is proud to herald a new era in the shipbuilding industry with Silenseas. This concept, born in our design offices in 2018, is the quintessence of our savoir-faire in the fields of naval architecture, the construction of sophisticated hulls, as well as the design of luxurious spaces.” says Laurent Castaing, Managing Director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique

In 1867, Georges Nagelmackers boarded the transatlantic ships connecting Europe to America and set off on a journey of discovery to the United States. Fascinated by the grandeur of these huge boats, the founder of Orient Express trains explored the luxurious travelers’ suites, with their rich and sumptuous decor, adorned with exceptional marquetry. He experienced the social scene in the restaurants and the unique ambiance of the lounges, libraries and entertainment venues. This sea travel experience would later inspire the 1883 launch of his now legendary train: the Orient Express.

Inspired by the Golden Age of the French Riviera, Orient Express Silenseas will echo the glorious era when writers, artists, painters, princesses and movie stars spent time between Monte-Carlo, the beaches of Saint-Tropez, Cap d’Antibes, Cannes and its famous Croisette and discovered a refinement tinged with exquisite insouciance and joie de vivre, inviting them to extreme escapades.

A 220-meter-long ocean treasure with a tonnage of 22,300 UMS, Orient Express Silenseas will feature 54 Suites measuring on average 70-square-meters, including a monumental 1,415-square-meter Presidential Suite (including a 530-square-meter private terrace), two swimming pools including a lap pool, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. The singular cruise ship will celebrate the Art of Travel à la Orient Express: the quintessence of luxury, absolute comfort and dreams.

A tribute to artists and culture, Orient Express Silenseas will invite guests to experience incredible shows in its Amphitheatre-Cabaret and a private recording studio will give a voice to the most beautiful melodies. This unique travel experience, guided by the winds, will feature spa treatments, meditation sessions and stopover explorations to discover cultural treasures that allow guests to completely unplug from reality and stop time.

Capitalizing on the experience of these experts in ocean racing, Orient Express Silenseas will sail with a revolutionary technological design known as ‘SolidSail’: three rigid sails with a surface area of 1,500 meters each will be hoisted on a balestron rig, with three tilting masts reaching more than 100 meters high, able to ensure up to 100% of the propulsion in suitable weather conditions. This hybrid propulsion formula will combine wind power with a state-of-the-art engine running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plans to use green hydrogen once the technology is approved for ocean passenger ships, launching a new, more environmentally friendly vision of sea travel.

The latest feat from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique is a true sailing yacht of the future combining the finest French talents. Renowned architect Maxime d’Angeac will design the interior layout and decor and Nantes-based design company Stirling Design International will handle the exterior architecture. Hetland Maritime also assisted Accor in creating the project and in the ongoing discussions with Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The entire project will be financed up to 70-80% by commercial banks, with the remainder provided by Accor and a majority equity partner.


Abigail Disney’s Call To Ban Private Jets Is Out Of Touch

Doug Gollan writing for Forbes – Reports

According to her Twitter profile, Abigail Disney is an “Emmy-winning documentary producer and director. Professional noodge. happy camper.” At least some of that is probably a direct result of being the granddaughter of The Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy O. Disney and her inheritance, which gives her an estimated net worth of $120 million. She says she has given away over $70 million to charity, so good for her. She is not against indulging. In 2019, she told The Cut, “I really love a very good meal at very good restaurants and a very good bottle of wine. I really love a beautiful pair of shoes, and I’ll spend way too much money on that, or a purse.” In that same interview, she made clear she is no fan of private jets, although she used them for a significant portion of her 60-plus years. She said, “My dad’s plane was a 737, and it was insane to have a 737 as a private airplane. It had a queen-sized bed with one big, long seatbelt across it and a shower, and it was ridiculous. We would use the plane occasionally because I have four kids, so it was much easier, obviously, to ride on my dad’s plane with them.”

A couple of days ago, she started pontificating about the value of private jets again. “I’d like to just elaborate on the private jet thing for a moment. Private jets are a cancer. I’m sorry and I know and love lots of people who ride around in them. But I also occasionally fly biz class and I fail to see what is so hard about that,” she tweeted.

Her angst about private jets is based on their environmental impact. “The moment for me, when I decided I couldn’t fly in (my father’s private jet) anymore, was about 20 years ago. I had to fly out to California for a meeting, but I had to get back to New York by the next morning for a conference. And the guy who ran our family’s company put me on the 737 alone. I flew across the country overnight, by myself on that giant plane, and I was sitting there thinking about the carbon footprint and the number of flight attendants and the other pilot on-call and what it was costing, and I just wanted to be sick. By the way, my parents always made fun of the fact that I thought it was terrible and awful because they were very comfortable with what they were doing,” she said, according to The Cut interview.

Well, here’s some good news in case Ms. Disney is open to facts

Private aviation is responsible for just 2% of aviation’s total carbon output, and aviation is just 2.1% of overall human-induced carbon emissions, meaning that private jets emit 0.04% of global human-induced CO2 emissions. The industry, which has been working to reduce carbon output for nearly 15 years, has pledged to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Sustainable aviation fuel, which can cut carbon emissions by up to 80% is becoming more widely available, and where it isn’t available, it can still be purchased through a process called book and claim. Moreover, there are ways today to not only offset carbon emissions but additional climate-impacting output from your private flights.

However, Ms. Disney’s view of private aviation is perhaps a bit jaded from the perspective that the type of big jets she is familiar with represent less than 1% of the industry. In fact, the vast majority of private jets are so small that her great uncle Walt at 5 feet, 10 inches tall, would need to duck. Of course, they are not meant to fly an heiress cross country. Ms. Disney lives in a place where she can fly virtually anywhere in the world nonstop from her local airport; however, many of the people she used to fly over on dad’s private 737 don’t.

While the airlines serve less than 500 airports in the U.S., private jets can access over 5,000 airports. According to No Plane No Gain, 80% of business aircraft are flown into airports in small towns and communities and 42% have little or no airline service. Perhaps she missed that airlines have been cutting flights to smaller markets. However, it’s the same for many users of large jets, who fly between places where a 12-hour nonstop flight would require two days and multiple flights using the airlines.

Based on her philanthropy, I do believe Ms. Disney probably cares a lot about people in need, so it is worth noting private jets are on the front line of humanitarian relief after natural disasters, from hurricanes to earthquakes. Private jets make over 15,000 flights a year for humanitarian reasons, often delivering first responders and lifesaving supplies where there is no airline service and to places typical airlines can’t access. They also play a critical role in organ donor flights, where minutes matter, and the same private jets Ms. Disney calls a “cancer” deliver lifesaving organs to transplant recipients. For example, hearts can only be out of the body for four hours, according to GrandView Aviation, a charter operator which has completed over 1,500 of these types of flights in the past 15 years. Groups like Corporate Angel Network and AeroAngel work with operators and owners of private jets to use spare seats and repositioning flights to fly sick children for medical treatments.

Private jet users also help support jobs in rural economies. Like her penchant for expensive meals, handbags and shoes, the large sums spent by private flyers when they travel enable folks to make a living without living in a big city with big city expenses.

Ms. Disney told The Cut, “If I were queen of the world, I would pass a law against private jets, because they enable you to get around a certain reality. You don’t have to go through an airport terminal, you don’t have to interact, you don’t have to be patient, you don’t have to be uncomfortable.”


Top 10 Michelin Star Restaurants

You’re a Gastronome, you will travel far and wide to sample the best food, from the best restaurants, from the world’s best chefs, but you are short on time? Why not charter a private jet for a weekend break to take you and your friends to some of the fabulous Michelin Starred restaurants found on the globe? Whether it’s close by, within the United Kingdom and Europe, or half-way around the world, you’ll want to arrive in time and relaxed to enjoy what will be some of the best food you have ever tasted.  That’s not going to happen if you rely on flying commercially.

Looking for inspiration? these are the top 10 Michelin Star restaurants in the world right now

January Dates for the Diary

  • 16-29 Jan: Australian Tennis Open – Melbourne, Australia
  • 27-29 Jan: 38th Snow Polo World Cup –St Moritz
  • 27-29 Jan: Winter X Games (Extreme Sports) – Aspen, Colorado
  • 16-20 Jan: World Economic Forum – Davos

February Dates for the Diary

  • 01 Feb-30 Oct: Atlantic Salmon Fishing Season (Scotland)
  • 04 Feb March: 6 Nations Rugby – Cardiff, London and Rome
  • 04, 11 & 18 Feb: White Turf Family Days – St Moritz
  • 05, 12 & 19 Feb: White Turf Racing Days – St Moritz
  • 6-19 Feb: Alpine World Ski Championships – Courchevel-Meribel
  • 11 Feb: 6 Nations Rugby – Dublin and Edinburgh
  • 12 Feb: 6 Nations Rugby – London
  • 12 Feb: Super Bowl – Glendale, Arizona
  • 19 Feb: Daytona 500 – Daytona, Florida, USA
  • 21 Feb-5 Mar: FIS Nordic World Ski Championships – Planica, Slovenia
  • 25 Feb: 6 Nations Rugby – Rome and Cardiff
  • 26 Feb: 6 Nations Rugby – Paris
  • 8-24 Feb: Venice Carnival, Italy
  • 21-26 Feb: Rio Carnival – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 25 Feb: Mardi Gras – New Orleans, USA

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