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Month: August 2023

Fly Private with Sentinel Aviation for Fur, Feather & Fin!

Sentinel Aviation provides a discreet private jet charter and aircraft management service for the discerning traveller. The company’s founder is Roland Dangerfield, a former Army Officer and passionate Field Sportsman, who fishes and shoots regularly in Scotland. One of our specialist areas is a ‘flights only’ private jet and helicopter charter service for Field Sports men and women pursuing ‘fur, feather and fin’ within the UK, Europe and of course internationally, organising some mouth watering rural excursions.

La Dormida Lodge in Argentina

The Lodge offers world-class dove shooting. It is the perfect blend of world-class shooting, combined with the finest amenities in a contemporary, yet elegant, setting. An ideal venue for small groups, both corporate as well as family and friends, who are looking for a relaxing, private escape.

In the field, you will experience captivating dove flights, paired with opulent field lunches served under the shade of a canvas tent or one of our authentic thatched roof quinchos. Back at the lodge, you will experience exquisitely prepared meals, paired with some of the best wines Argentina has to offer.

Fly from Farnborough Airport to Cordoba
Flight Time: 13hrs 15mins Direct
Passenger Numbers: 6-8 (to allow for flat beds)
Recommended Aircraft: Global 7500/Gulfstream G650ER/Falcon 8X

La Cuesta De La Borracha

Situated in La Mancha, Spain and is regarded by many as the best partridge shoot for consistently showing high testing partridges over a wide range of countryside from open plains to mountains.

The key ingredient for its success is the strength, age and health of the birds, due to the sound husbandry and Spanish sunshine.

The season runs from the 1st October to the 6th March. October and early November is perhaps the perfect time to shoot as there is a natural lull between the end of the grouse season and the start of the pheasant season.

Fly from Farnborough Airport to the private runway at La Cuesta or Albacete
Flight Time: 2hrs 20mins
Passenger Numbers: 4/6/8
Recommended Aircraft: King Air/Citation CJ2+/Citation XLS

The River Alta in Norway

One of the world’s best salmon rivers. It is internationally known for both the size of the salmon and the beauty of the surrounding scenery. Along with over 400 other Norwegian rivers, the numbers of salmon running these rivers is a very significant part of the worldwide stock of Atlantic salmon.

Norwegian salmon fishing is a fantastic experience. Being so far north, fishing days can be long with almost 24 hours of daylight in midsummer. It has a well deserved reputation as a BIG fish country and every year lucky anglers beat their personal record by catching fish of 30lb’s plus with some real monsters hooked and lost..!

Fly from Farnborough Airport to Alta Airport
Flight Time: 3hrs 40mins
Passenger Numbers: 4/6/8
Recommended Aircraft: Phenom 300/Citation Sovereign/Challenger 350

Invercauld Estate in Scotland

The Estate has been under the stewardship of the Farquharson family since the early 1500’s, and covers approximately 95,000 acres of the Cairngorms National Park.

Country sports are a feature of highland life from shooting red grouse and stalking red deer to fishing for salmon and sea trout on the River Dee. There are four shooting and stalking beats with various levels of physical challenge according to the terrain. The Estate covers five very different types of terrain from montane and moorland through woodland to the valley floor and the riparian area along the Estate’s four main rivers.

Fly from Farnborough Airport to Aberdeen Airport
Flight Time: 1hr 15mins
Passenger Numbers: 4/6/8/10
Recommended Aircraft: Hondajet/PC12/King Air/Legacy 600

The East Ranga in Iceland

One of the most productive Atlantic salmon rivers in the world. With an average annual catch of over 4,000 salmon the river is quite extraordinary, even by high Icelandic standards.

It is often referred to as being the ‘perfect size’ – large enough to be interesting and inspiring, but small enough to cover most holding spots well with a 12-14ft double handed rod or indeed a switch or single handed rod in many cases.

While the East Ranga is famous for its productivity, an interesting note is the steady growth in numbers of multi sea winter salmon. These fish have an average weight of 14lbs and offer terrific sport throughout the season.

Fly from Farnborough Airport to Reykjavik Airport
Flight Time: 3hrs
Passenger Numbers: 8
Recommended Aircraft: Citation XLS+/Learjet 45/PC 24

Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia

One of the world’s true wildernesses and famed for its taimen fishing.

Taimen are the world’s largest species of salmon and are ferocious predators. If you enjoy the challenge of interacting with extremely big fish in beautiful places, there’s absolutely nothing more fascinating than fly-fishing for taimen on the Eg River and the Ur River in north-central Mongolia. Both rivers are a fly fisherman’s dream. They are clear and easy to wade – even the banks are easy walking – and range in size from 40 to 120 feet wide.

Fly from Farnborough Airport to Ulaanbaatar Airport
Flight Time: 8hrs 15mins
Passenger Numbers: 8
Recommended Aircraft: Global 5000/Falcon 7X/Gulfstream 550


How Can You Fly On A Private Jet?

Mark Finlay from Simple Flying – Reports


  • Private jet travel is becoming more accessible to the average person, with companies offering more reasonable prices for private jet charters.
  • Owning a private jet is expensive, with prices ranging from $2.8 million to over $100 million for new aircraft. Maintenance, insurance, and landing fees are additional costs to consider.
  • Fractional ownership, leasing, and chartering are alternatives to owning a private jet, allowing individuals to share costs, pay monthly fees, and customize their travel needs.

Today, we will look at the various ways you can fly on a private jet, from the most expensive options to pretty reasonable ones. Long regarded as a form of travel that only celebrities and the very wealthy could afford, today, the idea of flying by private jet is within reach for most people.

In recent years, a number of companies have entered the market offering private jet charters at realistic prices. With this in mind, we will look at the options available, starting with the most expensive and finishing with the most affordable.

Owning your own private jet
Depending on the make and model, a private jet can cost anywhere from $2.8 million to over $100 million for a new aircraft. Meanwhile, a second-hand aircraft can be picked up for a bargain price. If you are qualified to fly the aircraft, you will not need to hire a pilot, but you still need to find an airport to hangar the plane, provide maintenance, and pay for jet fuel insurance and landing fees at airports.

The market’s least expensive new private jet is the single-engine Williams FJ33 turbofan-powered Cirrus Vision SF50. Costing $2.8 million, the Duluth, Minnesota-built aircraft can accommodate up to six people. The Cirrus Vision SF50 has a range of 690 miles and a top speed of 351 mph.

At the other end of the spectrum is the Gulfstream G650ER, owned by wealthy people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. The Gulfstream G650ER, depending upon its configuration, can carry as many as 18 passengers. With a range of 8,360 miles and a top speed of Mach 0.925, the Gulfstream G650ER is a global plane. If you want to purchase one new one, it will cost you back $75 million.

Fractional private jet ownership
Similar to how people own a boat or plane with others so that the costs can be spread around. Fractional private jet owners share the cost and use of the aircraft. Generally, each fractional owner is allocated a specific number of hours to use the aircraft annually.

Leasing a private jet
In the same way airlines lease aircraft, a private jet can also be leased. Leasing a private jet is less expensive than owning it because you do not have to buy the plane outright but pay a monthly fee like you would when leasing a car. Like a car lease, a private jet lease limits the number of flight hours you can do a year, with prices set accordingly. Leasing a plane also allows you to sell your lease hours to others or purchase more flight hours should you need them.

Chartering a private jet
If you only require a private jet now and again, you can charter a plane for as long as needed. Private jet charter companies do all the work for you and have their private facilities or shared facilities at airports worldwide. If you are still determining what aircraft best suits your needs, use a private jet charter broker rather than contact all the charter companies individually.

Tell the private jet broker where you want to go and how many passengers and dates and times; they will match you with the perfect aircraft for your trip. Within the United States, you can expect to pay between $3,200 to $6,000 per hour for a midsize jet and between $5,600 and $11,000 an hour for a sizable long-range aircraft.

Jet card
A private jet card is a prepaid product that allows cardholders to purchase agreed-upon fixed hourly rates for various aircraft. The price of the hours is based on the size of the jet and occupied flight time. Jet cards are one of the best options for people traveling on business or leisure for less than 50 hours per year. Unlike chartering a private jet, you already know the cost, whereas the prices will vary with a private jet charter.


Private Jet Sales to Continue Growth in 2024

Elite Traveler – Reports

Jetcraft forecasts that the the five-year outlook for the pre-owned business jet market points to a positive future.

The pre-owned private jet market experienced a record year in 2022 with growth driven by the return of corporate clients and continued growth in EMEA markets, a new report from Jetcraft has found. Jetcraft’s annual Pre-Owned Business Jet Market Forecast has reaffirmed that the private jet market hit an all-time high for both hours flown and sales. Transactions for pre-owned jets hit $16.3bn in 2022, largely driven by the post-pandemic return to regional and international business travel.

There will be a correction in 2023 – Jetcraft forecasts total sales of $12.4bn but the five-year outlook for the pre-owned jet market is positive. The corporate sector returned to private aviation with aplomb in 2022, counting for 60% of Jetcraft’s transactions.

“The return of the corporate buyer proves what we’ve always known: the continued importance of face-to-face interactions in the relationship world of business,” says Jahid Fazal-Karim, owner and chairman of the board at Jetcraft. “Video conferencing technology served a purpose for all of us when the borders were closed, but businesses recognize the value of in-person meetings.”

Jetcraft has seen the price of pre-owned business jets rise over the last two years due to increased demand and supply chain issues at major manufacturers. The backlog in orders is now falling gradually in line with pre-pandemic averages and as a result normal asset depreciation is returning.

The private jet market is steading itself after an unsustainable surge in growth post-lockdown, with values stabilizing at above $15.4bn annually. Jetcraft’s 2023 report breaks down the nuances found in pre-owned transaction values, explaining why average prices increased more than expected during 2022, and how the market is now correcting itself after an unconventional last few years.

“Existing corporate and individual clients looking to upgrade their aircraft will drive sales volume over the next five years,” says Fazal-Karim. “First-time business jet owners continue to play a role in market growth, with many, having tested the waters through charter or fractional ownership, purchasing their own aircraft outright.

“From 2024, values will stabilize at above $15.4B annually, due to an increase in the total transaction volume, retirement of a significant portion of Light Jets from the under 25-year-old pre-owned fleet, and a higher share of larger jets entering the market.”

The market’s stability from 2024-2027 will be aided by the strength of the global market, with EMEA customers now flying more frequently on average than their American counterparts. There is also an expectation of growth in Asian markets, most notably China.

Younger buyers (under 50) have continued to fly more hours than their older counterparts, flying 19% more in 2022 in a further indication that business aviation isn’t going anywhere.


A Look At The Blended Wing Body Bombardier Ecojet

Mark Finlay from Simple Flying – Reports

Before we look at Bombardier’s blended-wing EcoJet and how it could be the future of sustainable aviation, let’s first look at the innovative Canadian aircraft manufacturer and see how it came to be. Headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, Bombardier was founded by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1942. Initially, Bombardier manufactured snowmobiles before diversifying into public service vehicles and aircraft.

Able to grow by purchasing failing government companies at rock-bottom prices, everything went well for Bombardier until it became involved in the CSeries jet project. Now deep in debt and looking for bankruptcy in the face in 2015, Bombardier sold all its assets except for its business jet business. Airbus came to the rescue by buying 50.01% of the CSeries program and renaming the CSeries jet the Airbus A220.

The Bombardier Global 8000 will be the world’s fastest business jet
Following the deal with Airbus, Bombardier continued to be a world leader in business jets and plans to start selling the world’s fastest plane of its type, the Global 8000, in 2025. For years now, Bombardier has been working on solutions to become a world leader in sustainable aviation. The blended wing body EcoJet aims to reduce emissions using a more efficient plane powered by new propulsion technology.

What is a blended jet wing?
Also known as a blended body wing, the aircraft is a fixed-wing plane with no dividing line between the fuselage and the wing. The main advantage over a conventional wing aircraft is a considerable reduction of drag and to use the entire plane to help create lift.

The concept is by no means new, with NASA and McDonnell Douglas looking at building a blended-wing aircraft in the 1990s. Currently, Airbus is also studying the idea of a new, more economical aircraft to replace the Airbus A320neo.

The potential advantages of a blended-wing aircraft are:

  • The ability to carry a larger payload.
  • An increase in fuel efficiency.
  • A noise reduction.
  • The potential disadvantages of a blended-wing aircraft are:
  • Instead of being tubular like a conventional aircraft, the seating would be like a theater which could pose a problem if the plane needed to be evacuated during an emergency.
  • The potential for passengers seated on the edge of the plane to feel ill due to wing role.
  • The plane may not be economical for short-haul flights.
  • Its large wing may not work with conventional airport infrastructure. It might need to have a folding wing like the Boeing 777X.
  • Studies show that blended wing designs pose challenges at lower speeds.

Is hydrogen the solution?
Besides the aerodynamic shape, Bombardier is looking at new propulsion systems that include engines powered by hydrogen. Already used for rocket fuel, hydrogen is the smallest, lightest molecule known to man. It does not occur naturally on Earth but can be extracted from water or hydrocarbon compounds like gas and oil.

While hydrogen appears to be the perfect solution in helping to create a greener planet, the problem is that extracting hydrogen is energy intensive. The ideal solution would be to produce hydrogen using renewable energy from solar and wind. Experts say this is purely a marketing ploy by the gas and oil industries and would not be possible given the current conditions.

When speaking about its EcoJet in a company statement, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Development Stephen McCullough said:

“Bombardier has taken a leadership position in the industry’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, and the EcoJet research project is paramount to developing the technologies that will bring us toward the goal of net zero emissions by 2050,

“We are very pleased to see the highly engaging results yielded so far and to continue our trailblazing work as we kick off the next phase of this game-changing research project. The EcoJet research project has garnered a high level of interest across the industry, and we are looking forward to mobilizing partners as we continue to define the future of business aviation.”

Images courtesy of Bombardier and Airbus.

Money-saving Tax Tips for Business Jet Owners

Jeff Wieand from Business Jet Traveler – Reports

Understanding these IRS rules can make a big difference in your bottom line.

Business jets are expensive to own and operate, but to the extent that they are used in a trade or business, it is possible to write those expenses off for tax purposes—assuming you follow the rules.

Here is a brief rundown of some key business jet federal tax issues. Failure to deal with these issues successfully could cause you to lose tax deductions for expenses of particular flights, including depreciation and other fixed costs. It could also deprive you of the ability to deduct expenses as rapidly as possible—or even to deduct them at all.

Expenses Must Be ‘Ordinary’ and ‘Necessary’
To be deductible for federal tax purposes, expenses must be “ordinary and necessary” for your business. According to the IRS, an ordinary expense is “one that is common and accepted in your industry.” To be “necessary,” says the tax agency, an expense need not be indispensable but only “helpful and appropriate for your trade or business.”

Characterizing business jet expenses as ordinary and necessary can pose challenges. Though courts have recognized that the use of private aircraft in some businesses is common, most businesses don’t operate jets, which gives IRS agents an incentive to argue in many cases that jet-related expenses are neither ordinary nor necessary.

Even the use of a small turboprop can seem excessive, depending on the circumstances. In a case involving an attorney who used his Cessna Skylane to travel for business to nearby destinations, the court pointed out that “the cost of owning and operating a private airplane would not appear to be ‘normal, usual, and customary’ for an attorney in solo practice, especially one who makes 60 to 65 percent of his destinations within 100 miles of his home.” The court was no doubt correct in concluding that the attorney “immensely enjoys flying.”

To meet ordinary and necessary standards, you should emphasize the benefits of private air transportation, such as security and efficiency for busy executives, and keep good contemporaneous records of the business purpose of flights (and why each passenger is on the flight) to help justify tax deductions.

Beware of ‘Hobby Losses’
A related problem to the ordinary and necessary issue arises if your jet expenses are construed as “hobby losses.” Here, the IRS argues that you’re not operating a business jet for valid business purposes; instead, like the Cessna Skylane owner, you simply enjoy flying around in your own jet, and aircraft-related expenses should therefore not be deductible even to the extent they do not exceed gross income from the hobby (as was the case under prior law). The aircraft, in other words, is really a hobby and is not held for productive use in a trade or business, which results in the gross income from the activity being taxable and the expenses being non-deductible.

It helps if the business in which the jet is supposed to be involved actually makes—or is reasonably expected to make—a profit. The profit should also be important to the taxpayer; if you have “sizable income” from another source, this may suggest that you don’t really care whether the activity involving the business jet makes money. The IRS normally presumes that an activity engaged in by an individual, partnership, LLC, or S corporation is “for profit” if gross income exceeds deductions for at least three of the last five years. In addition, though as usual, the tax agency will consider all the facts and circumstances, IRS regulations offer a nine-point test for determining whether an activity is a hobby, including the expertise of the taxpayer in conducting the activity and the taxpayer’s history of income or losses with that activity. The more factors you satisfy, the more likely it is that the IRS will conclude the aircraft is used in a legitimate business instead of a hobby.

Passive Losses Have Less Value
If the IRS deems your aircraft expenses ordinary and necessary, and you’re clearly operating a legitimate business, it nevertheless helps if you are actively engaged (“materially participating”) in the business. Otherwise, the losses can still be deductible, but only against passive income (which generally doesn’t include interest, dividends, or capital gains) in a given tax year. Excess passive losses are disallowed but can be carried forward to subsequent tax years; you can generally deduct any remaining suspended passive losses in the year you sell the aircraft.

This is often a problem for jet owners whose aircraft are put out for charter. Business jet charters are managed and operated by the charter certificate holder, which is usually a management company, not the aircraft owner. Therefore, the owner typically does little with respect to chartering the jet except leasing it to the charter company. This combination of leasing the aircraft and the lack of involvement by the taxpayer in generating the charter income makes the income passive—and the losses passive as well.

One way to try to solve this problem is to “group” the charter business with another business in which you materially participate. If you can group the businesses together as an “appropriate economic unit,” you can use losses from the charter business to offset taxable income from the grouped business as a whole. Grouping can help mitigate the inability to take deductions for a “hobby loss” activity as well.

Personal Use Raises Issues
Personal use of a business jet not only raises an income tax issue for the passengers; it can also affect the deduction of business jet expenses for the personal-use flight, including how fast flight expenses in general can be deducted.

To qualify for accelerated depreciation under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), and thus bonus depreciation as well, the aircraft must be primarily (more than 50 percent) employed in qualified business use by the taxpayer. If at least 25 percent of the aircraft’s use is for qualified business purposes (not counting certain specified personal-use flights, including ones by persons owning at least 5 percent of a taxpaying entity), personal-use flights by employees can generally count as qualified business use for purposes of determining whether the 50 percent test is satisfied because the flights are treated as compensation by the taxpayer to the passengers, and income is imputed to the passengers for tax purposes, ordinarily using the Department of Transportation’s Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates. As a result, the employees have taxable income to the extent that they are paying less than the SIFL value of the flight. Special rules apply, however, regarding the deductibility of expenses of flights for “entertainment, amusement, or recreation.”

If the 25 percent qualified-business-use test is not satisfied, personal-use flights don’t count as qualified business use, and if the aircraft flunks either the 25 or 50 percent test, it is not eligible for MACRS or bonus depreciation and must use the less rapid alternative depreciation system instead.

Know When Excise Tax Is Due
The transportation excise tax applies to commercial flights—basically charter flights, flights under time-sharing and interchange agreements, and other cases where a passenger is paying for air transportation. For flights within the U.S., the tax is 7.5 percent of the amount paid, plus a small “segment fee.”

The excise tax is not due on most non-charter business jet flights (other than time-sharing and interchange flights), but it is important to understand when it is due to avoid failing to collect or pay the tax when required.

If you think any of these issues apply to you, they are worth discussing with your tax advisers.

8 Reasons Why Private Jet Charters are Becoming More Popular

Airline Geeks – Report

Private jet flights have seen a massive increase in popularity over the past few years. It has left the realm of being reserved only for the rich and famous, with “regular” people now choosing to fly private when they need to travel. Here are a few reasons why.

Fast & Efficient
The entire process of flying private is fast and far more efficient than flying commercially. Not only are you in an aircraft that can get you anywhere, but traveling by private jet has multiple benefits before you even get on the plane.

You can park at the private terminal or right next to the aircraft, passport control takes seconds, you don’t have to wait in the baggage lines when you land, and the experience — in general — is substantially faster.

Work Efficiency
A private jet charter has also become the best way to travel for business people because some jets are designed for work and productivity. All private jets are quiet, but some have a few extras that create an office in the sky.

Some are fitted with phones, monitors, and the internet, with the bigger aircraft having mini board rooms. This creates a space that is ideal for work or hosting clients.

There is no question that a private jet is far more comfortable and luxurious when compared to a commercial aircraft. For example, those luxurious “apartments” on Qatar Airways flights will look quite basic and underwhelming compared to what some private jets can offer.

Some private jets will also have incredible extras like bedrooms, fully fitted kitchens, and bathrooms that look like they were plucked out of a 5-star hotel.

Flexibility & Convenience
One of the most significant advantages of flying private is the amount of flexibility it offers you. You can get a flight almost whenever you want and fly almost anywhere, as private jets don’t require the same level of infrastructure as commercial airliners.

Destination Choice
Speaking of being able to fly anywhere, this is another big part of why private flying has become so popular. As mentioned, commercial aircraft need airports and airport infrastructure, while private jets just need a well-paved landing strip.

While the world has countless airports, there are still several remote destinations that you can’t get close to by flying commercially. However, a private jet will get you to places that a commercial flight can’t.

Fewer Baggage Restrictions
While there is a bit of a myth that you can take whatever and however much luggage onto a private jet, you will have fewer baggage restrictions when compared to a commercial flight. The most significant sticking point is that private jets don’t have that much luggage storage space.

However, if you are flying with your partner or in a small group, you can still bring several bags just for yourself, as long as they can all fit in the hold.

Another significant factor driving private jet charter popularity is how relatively affordable it has become. While it is by no means exceptionally inexpensive, many are surprised by how little it can cost to choose affordable options.

Travel With Friends or Family
If you want to travel privately for a family event, birthday party, or a family holiday with your friends, splitting the cost of a charter can drastically reduce it. Depending on the type of aircraft you choose and how many people there are, there is a good chance your private jet seat will cost less than a commercial ticket.

Empty Legs
Private jets also have something called “empty legs,” which you can take advantage of. Since these jets have a home base, they don’t wait at the airport or landing strip and will fly back relatively quickly.

However, if the passengers they brought don’t fly back with them, they will have an empty aircraft and typically offer “empty leg” rates. These are lower rates that are used as a way to recoup some money and can be shockingly inexpensive.

Jet Options
Finally, another driving factor behind private jet popularity is the number of options, especially for interiors and optional extras. Nowadays, you can choose anything from a jet with twelve comfy seats to one that looks more like a penthouse apartment than a private jet.

Bedrooms aren’t the only thing that changes either; private jets have varying kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment options, and almost everything in between. There is arguably no better way to travel, especially for long-haul journies.

As you can see, while private jets are still one of the best ways to display luxury and opulence, they are no longer reserved for the ultra-wealthy. Private jets have become something for everyone and are now one of the most popular ways for people to travel.



Inside The World’s Most Exclusive VIP Airport Terminals

With new private VIP terminals opening around the world, the industry catering to high-end luxury travellers, business executives, and movie stars will never be the same. We’ve been researching the top ten most exclusive VIP Airport Terminals, and we would very much like to share with you our findings!

Fattal VIP Terminal, Israel

For the first time at Ben Gurion Airport: a private terminal that provides exclusive VIP services. The service, which is given for arriving and departing passengers, includes performing all necessary procedures by our staff – check-in, passport control, security inspection etc. while you can relax and enjoy a variety of dedicated duty-free shops, luxury amenities, a rich buffet and a variety of beverages.

Kayan Jet, St. Kitts

Enjoy the one-of-a-kind boutique airport service that you can only find on the thrilling islands of St Kitts and Nevis. While the chef serves up island specialities, you can relax in a luxury lounge with its stylish blend of local and contemporary decor. Most of all you can lose yourself in the nothing’s-too-much-trouble service for which KayanJet is well-known. From immigration formalities to dining reservations to private jet charter, their attentive and intuitive concierge team takes care of every little detail.

PS, LAX, Los Angeles

PS is located in a private terminal far away from the traffic and bustle of the public terminal. They offer a back door to your commercial aircraft, private TSA and Customs clearance, luxury spaces and white-glove service before and after your flight.

Now serving guests at Los Angeles International Airport. Service at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport coming soon.

Jetex, Dubai

Resting at the Private VIP Terminal at the Al Maktoum International Airport is Dubai FBO.

FBO earned the crown of “FBO of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the 2018 Aviation Business Awards. The Jetex FBO Terminal is the biggest and most luxurious facility in Dubai and has received many nominations for its unique design. This iconic facility merges an upscale contemporary interior design with 5-star hospitality, creating a brand new experience.

This location ensures that all customers receive a top-of-the-line experience. Customers have a choice of using our first-class amenities which include the world’s first Rolls-Royce airside transfer, plush seating areas, a relaxation room with Metronaps, or a lavish cigar lounge. A knowledgeable and friendly team is always ready to deliver excellent concierge services to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Signature Aviation, Biggin Hill, UK

London Biggin Hill provides you with a choice of two FBO’s (Fixed Base Operator) as well as direct ramp access be it for ground or helicopter transfers.

The Biggin Hill Executive Handling team are co-located with UK Border Force are on hand to take care of everything that passengers and crew may require – including ground transport, hotel accommodation, catering, laundry, newspapers and so on.

Premiair, Manchester

Whether you’re looking for a streamlined departure, enviable pre-flight treatment, or the smoothest possible arrival, PremiAir offers business and leisure travellers alike the ultimate travel experience, no private jet required.

From bespoke lounges with unparalleled runway views to authentic local cuisine made fresh to order, Manchester’s new private terminal promises an uncompromising travel experience – right down to a discreet security offering and seamless private transfers to your awaiting aircraft.

Milano Linate Sea

SEA Prime has recently opened its new $6 million VIP terminal at Milan’s Malpensa airport this Summer, shortly before its sister airport Milano Linate closes for refurbishment.

The new business and general aviation terminal at Milan Malpensa, called Malpensa Prime, is situated between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the international airport, has its own apron and a 53,000 sf hangar.

The new 15,000 sf terminal features a dedicated immigration and customs area, five luxury lounges, and will offer VIP clients a conference centre, limousine service and concierge.

Heathrow VIP

The Heathrow VIP service starts with a luxury car collecting you from your house and driving you to the airport. Upon arrival at their private entrance, you can relax, work, or spend time with your invited guests in your own private lounge. Security procedures occur within the suite, and once your flight is ready, you will be driven by private luxury vehicle directly to the aircraft.

Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi

This uniquely designed modern airport will be a game changer for the region. With its unique structure, use of design materials from concrete, steel and glass, it will offer up the highest level of luxury for VIP travelers. With 17,000 sf of space, the terminal contains a two story main building that showcase the services for VIPs.

Punta Cana Airport, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana International Airport is a privately owned commercial airport in Punta Cana, eastern Dominican Republic. The airport was built with open-air terminals and roofs covered in palm fronds. Grupo Punta Cana built the airport, which was designed by architect Oscar Imbert, and inaugurated it in December 1983. It is owned by Grupo Punta Cana and became the first privately owned international airport in the world.


Top 5 National Parks in the World

Reader’s Digest – Reports

Nature’s beauty knows no bounds and there is no better way to spend a holiday than breathing in the fresh air and soaking up the grandeur of some of the world’s most magnificent national parks.

From verdant green forests to clear blue coastlines, majestic mountains to luscious lakes, these national parks invite you to escape and truly enjoy the great outdoors. Join us as we take you on a journey of the top 5 national parks and venture into the heart of nature – let’s go!

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is nestled in the lush greenery of Croatia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it showcases 16 terraced lakes connected by refreshing waterfalls that create an azure hue. Make your way along the wooden pathways that wind through the park and witness the waterfalls up close. A feast for the senses, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a true delight for lovers of nature and photography.

2. Troodos National Forest Park, Cyprus
Cyprus’ hidden gem, Troodos National Forest Park invites you to marvel at majestic mountains and take in the rich flora. Home to Mount Olympus, the highest peak on the island, you can enjoy pine-scented forests and pretty villages. Take to the scenic trails on a hike, soaking up the views and breathing in the fresh air. Stumble across ancient Byzantine churches that are tucked away amidst the greenery and floral displays.

3. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
Montenegro is a destination often overlooked; however, it is home to some secrets that are absolutely worth discovering. Durmitor National Park is a must for a true Alpine experience. With a rugged terrain, it is home to limestone peaks, thick pine forests and glacial lakes. One of the deepest canyons in the world, the Tara River Canyon is a highlight worth seeing. Here you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and white-water rafting. Be astounded by the unspoiled nature that makes this a true hidden gem in Montenegro.

4. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Khao Sok National Park in Thailand promises an unforgettable experience where ancient rainforests meet unique wildlife. Trek through one of the oldest rainforests in the world where you’ll be able to see an array of flora and fauna. Keep a look out for playful monkeys, mighty elephants and the striking stripes of tigers as they roam. A highlight of this national park has to be Cheow Lan Lake where you can float through stunning limestone cliffs that rise up dramatically from the clear blue waters below.

5. Mount Olympus National Park, Greece
Step into the world of Greek mythology with a visit to Mount Olympus National Park in Greece. A mythical mountain towers over the landscape and is said to be the dwelling place of the gods. Be sure to explore the majestic trails on a hike as you take in the scenery that surrounds you. As you ascend into the hills, admire the impressive variety of plant life that flourishes either side. Mount Olympus is a must-visit destination for mythology enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Top 5 World’s Biggest Private Jet Companies

Vyte Klisauskaite from Simple Flying – Reports

    Dassault Aviation’s business jet segment, Dassault Falcon, reported revenues of €2.1 billion ($2.3 billion) and delivered 32 Falcon business jets in 2022.
  • Embraer’s executive jets revenue grew by 8% to $4.5 billion in 2022, and its Phenom 300E was the best-selling light business jet with 59 units delivered.
  • Bombardier, known for its Global and Challenger models, reported a revenue of $6.9 billion and delivered 123 jets in 2022, solidifying its position as a leader in the private jet market.

Private jet manufacturers wield significant influence within the business jet industry. Over the years, numerous private jet companies have emerged, with some of them garnering considerable clout. But which are the world’s largest private jet manufacturers?

There are multiple ways to measure the scale of a large private jet company, which include assessing its revenue, the number of aircraft delivered, the number of customers served, and the variety of aircraft types designed. In this evaluation, we will consider all of these factors using the latest data provided by companies in their annual financial reports.

Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation, a French manufacturer of military and business jets, boasts a dedicated executive jets segment known as Dassault Falcon. In 2022, the company’s business jets segment reported a revenue of €2.1 billion ($2.3 billion) and delivered 32 Falcon business jets. Dassault’s fleet of business jets include Falcon 6X, Falcon 900LX, Falcon 2000LXS, Falcon 8X, and Falcon 10X.

When you think of Embraer, commercial aviation is likely the first thing that comes to mind. However, the Brazilian plane maker is also renowned for its executive jets segment of the business. In 2022, the company’s executive jets revenue grew by 8%, reaching $4.5 billion. Embraer builds four business jet models, from very light to mid-sized planes (Phenom 100EV, Phenom 300E, Praetor 500, and Praetor 600).

Per the company’s statement, the Embraer Phenom 300E is the world’s best-selling light business jet, with a delivery of 59 units in 2022. In total, Embraer delivered 102 business jets in the same year.

Textron Aviation
Textron, well-known for its predominance in general aviation (GA), also boasts a strong presence in the business jets segment. Textron Aviation is home to the Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft brands.

In 2022, the company delivered a total of 178 jets, with the Cessna Citation jet being the most popular series of business aircraft. The American planemaker did not specify the exact revenue figure for its business jet segment, but instead, it disclosed the total revenue for the entire aviation segment, which amounted to $6.3 billion in 2022.

Bombardier, the Canadian business jet manufacturer, has garnered global recognition for its Global and Challenger models, known for their impressive range of capabilities. In the fiscal year 2022, the company reported a revenue of $6.9 billion. Solidifying its position as a leader in the private jet market, Bombardier demonstrated its manufacturing prowess by delivering 123 jets during the same period.

Gulfstream Aerospace
Gulfstream Aerospace, an American business jet manufacturer, reported a revenue of $8.5 billion in 2022. During the same year, they delivered 120 business jets, showing a slight increase of one compared to the previous year. Looking ahead, Gulfstream anticipates delivering 145 business jets by the end of 2023.

Gulfstream, owned by General Dynamics, is renowned for producing a range of mid-sized and large-cabin executive jets, such as the G500, G550, G600, G650, and G650ER models.

Bespoke Snacks, Comfortable Seats, Dedicated Security Lines – The Benefits of Private Jet Travel

Justine Harrington from Town & Country – Reports

Bespoke snacks, comfortable seats, and dedicated security lines are just the beginning.

Sure, you understand the benefits of flying private. There’s flexibility, security, and autonomy. But it’s so more than that. There’s more direct access to remote destinations and less travel time, plus the planes are actually better for the environment.

Take the Airbus A321, for example, designed exclusively for smaller group sizes. It boasts just 52 custom Italian leather flatbed seats with full bedding and hospital-grade air filtration among other amenities—all while burning 30 percent less fuel than its competitors. Surely you know what you won’t get (screaming babies and sore knees), but maybe not everything you will get with a private jet vacation. Here are key benefits for taking flight with these industry experts.

No Wasted Time
With commercial air travel, you can lose hours of vacation time to tedious boarding procedures, lengthy layovers, and delays. Just jetting between two cities in the U.S. can take the better part of a day. But with private jet travel, you’ll get to your destination in significantly less time thanks to a variety of factors. When TCS World Travel experts duplicated their flagship Around the World itinerary on commercial airlines, they concluded that you’d need to tack on an extra 10 days to replicate the 24-day journey. For instance, to get to all of the destinations via commercial airline, it would take 26 flights versus 15 direct flights with TCS. The company also calculated that to take this trip commercially, you’d spend 74 hours waiting in the airport during layovers.

Ultimate Flexibility
Flying private guarantees the ability to travel whenever best suits your schedule. Conveniently, a private jet charter company has the ability to reroute (or reschedule) a trip if conditions in the destination change or you’re forced to alter your plans. Flying commercial, on the other hand, comes with a host of obstacles. You have to abide by set departure and landing times, and you also run the risk of missing your flight over some road traffic—or having your flight canceled altogether.

Direct Access to More Destinations
Whether you want to visit idyllic islands in the South Pacific, see ancient wonders in Jordan, or taste your way through Mexico City’s vibrant food scene, there’s no end to the places you can discover via private air travel. In fact, because private jets are able to land at smaller airports and take direct routes to their destinations, you’ll get where you’re going more efficiently. The Airbus A321 can soar for eight hours of uninterrupted travel time. By comparison, not only do commercial airlines have limited route networks, but nonstop flights are largely limited to hubs. For example, on TCS World Travel’s Around the World trip, travelers fly direct from Peru to Chile’s Easter Island—whereas most commercial flights to this remote locale go through Santiago.

A More Streamlined Experience
From the moment you board your flight, everything is taken care of for you. Not only do you not have to present identification or have your luggage scanned, but once you land, your bags will be directly transferred to your hotel room. And when it comes to customs, staff prefill all forms at every stop, so all you have to do is sign. On board, there’s an in-flight emergency-room trained physician in addition to the specialized flight crew.

An Absolute Dream Interior for This Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Izzy Kington from Business Jet Interiors – Reports

Showcased with a full set of stunning images, feast your eyes on Concept Haven by Natalie Rodríguez Luxury Design.

This B787-8 design, Concept Haven, was created by Natalie Rodríguez Luxury Design for a client. Focusing on symmetry and residential design, features include simulated fireplaces. “This customer favours an open layout targeted for large group entertainment, mixology and culinary arts,” says Natalie Rodríguez.

The VIP lounge’s two seating groups are separated by a Carrara marble veneer column accented with high-gloss walnut. There are four coffee tables, clad in white ostrich leather with gold and high-gloss walnut inserts; four three-place divans and four single seats.

The eight-place dining area is separated from the lounge by bi-fold doors that close fully for privacy or pivot and recess into integrated sidewall pockets to provide an open layout.

Serving as a mid galley, the show kitchen features refrigeration hidden behind shaker millwork-inspired doors in the lower cabinets, and a free-standing island bar with Carrara marble footstool. Mirrored panels are configured in a diamond pattern, with two lantern-style pendants overhead – residential-inspired elements that required special consideration for aircraft use. “These fixtures feature frosted tubes housing LED light sources,” says Rodríguez. “Instead of the chains used to suspend residential chandeliers, slender, plated support structures connect the lantern to the canopy to prevent movement during TT&L. The cascading frosted diffusers are interconnected for stability, and fastened to the framework, which is X-braced with thin tensioned wires to further control movement during ground operations. The same model is applied in the master bedroom, except for the tension wires since the fixture is flush-mounted.”

The master bedroom’s king-size bed has a silk-mohair tufted headboard with 14K gold studs. A mirror is integrated above to visually expand the space, with a chandelier mounted on a backlit blue agate stone veneer panel. There is also a two-place divan. “One of my favourite smaller details are the square, plated nail heads integrated into the bottom of the bedframe, as well as in the counter stools in the show kitchen,” says Rodríguez.

The master lavatory has twin vanities with backlit mirrors, sconce lights and rectangular vessel porcelain sinks; a steam shower with double rain heads; and a backlit blue agate accent panel.

Other key features of the cabin include

The aircraft’s ‘fireplaces’ are simulated with 4K monitors. In the VIP lounge, there is a two-way fireplace with screens on each side of the space’s central column.

“I love integrating simulated fireplaces when possible,” shares Rodríguez. “It’s a great means of incorporating visual warmth while adding another dimension of comfort.”

Above each fireplace is a 4K IFE monitor, hidden behind a custom art piece that recesses into the column when not in use.

Blue agate
The headliner in the VIP bedroom features a backlit blue agate stone veneer panel accompanied by a flush-mount fixture. The backlit blue agate is also carried into the VIP lavatory as a vertical accent panel in the steam shower.

Holding true to the symmetrical layout throughout, the dining area’s sideboard buffet cabinets are incorporated into the sidewalls with stowage above and below. Integrated OLED monitors, linked to exterior cameras, create the look of window panels.



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