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Discussion in 'Commercial & General Aviation' started by Jet News, Sep 19, 2012.

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    While not a business jet, Sam Chui here is traveling in First Class on Swiss from Zurich to Hong Kong while having many of the perks even though flying commercial.

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    Jet Aviation is partnering with Sparfell & Partners, Winch Design and DS Aviation to develop a VVIP market solution for the Airbus ACJ380. Under the agreement, Jet Aviation will engineer, manage, manufacture, install and certify (STC) a VVIP cabin interior for the ACJ380. As an approved Airbus completions facility with more than 40 years of completions experience and expertise, Jet Aviation is uniquely qualified to integrate VIP cabins on the largest airframes in the market, such as the ACJ380. The company has successfully delivered 23 Airbus cabin interiors for single-aisle and wide-body Airbus corporate jets since 2000, from ACJ319 to ACJ340-600, and has a demonstrable track record with successful cabin integrations on large aircraft, including the Airbus ACJ340 and the Boeing BBJ747. With its 10,000 square-meter hangar in Basel, it is also one of few completions centers in the industry that can accommodate aircraft the size of the ACJ380 for VIP platforms.

    “We’ve been excited about this project since Sparfell first approached us with their concept to pool all of our collective expertise to bring a completions solution for the ACJ380 to the market,” said Matt Woollaston, VP Completions Sales & Design. "Our in-house design, engineering and production teams have worked closely with Winch Design on many projects over the years and we’re equally pleased to collaborate with aviation experts at Sparfell & Partners and DS Aviation."

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    Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) new Harmony interior for the A330neo platform. Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has created a new cabin design concept, called Harmony, which combines the comfort and space of a widebody cabin with the practicality to suit the longest of flights. Harmony seamlessly combines the benefits of Airbus Corporate Jets’ VIP widebodies – such as comfort, space and quietness – to produce a consistently harmonious customer experience. It builds on the Airspace cabin brand from the Airbus airliner family. Initially proposed for the new ACJ330neo Family, which features new-generation engines and Sharklets, Harmony can also suit other Airbus widebodies, such as the ACJ350 XWB.

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    You may remember he issues going on with a contracted supplier of Pratt & Whitney Canada called Nordam. Nordam was supposed to be responsible for making the nacelle and other parts for the PW engines that are powering the brand new and just certificated Gulfstream G500. Initial deliveries may not be hampered but Q4 deliveries could be hampered. The crux of the matter is that Nordam's United States divisions filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

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    Qatar has gifted Turkey with a VIP Boeing 747-8i. The aircraft used to be utilized by the Qatari government but has now been given to Turkey as a gift by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the EMir of Qatar. The ultra widebody luxury aircraft has a number of top-end features. A master state room, a main-deck lounge for 14 passengers, a conference room, guest bedroom, medical room and multiple bathrooms. It is unclear what the new registration will be but it will showcase a TC registration eventually. From all accounts the aircraft is presently undergoing a refit to make it suitable for its new use. The former registration used to be VQ-BSK.

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    Big news, XOJET seems like it will be acquired by VistaJet's parent company.

    Vista Global, the newly formed parent company of VistaJet, announced today that it is acquiring U.S.-based charter firm XOJet’s business aviation fleet and commercial operations for an undisclosed amount. To meet U.S. DOT foreign ownership rules, "XOJet’s regulated air carrier will continue to be independently operated in a joint venture under U.S. control and leadership," it said. XOJet will continue to operate under its own name.

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    Private air travel for everyone? It seems like it is only for a few people on this planet with the money to do so but Surf Air is trying to make it a bit more affordable to the average now with the unveiling of Surf Air Express. With this new venture it will be like semi-private air travel. CJI explains it this way...Surf Air Express is a new 'per-seat' membership that opens up the Surf Air network to more fliers in need of better air travel. With prices comparable to business and last-minute economy fares, Surf Air Express successfully positions the air travel company to expand beyond frequent business commuters paying a monthly subscription and into the broader market of air travel by offering flights on their scheduled service to all of their routes on a portion of their flight times.

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    Did you know that Delta offers private jet transfers. They have a myriad of executive jets to suit the needs of their customers from the long range large cabin Gulfstream GV all the way down to light jets like Embraer Phenoms. Recently they also expanded their maintenance capability for these jets. Delta Private Jets' new facility includes a 15,000-square foot hangar and an additional 2,200-square foot office space on Sheltair property in Ft. Lauderdale. They also launched new offerings as announced yesterday. Delta will launch new seasonal Saturday service between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Key West, boosting the carrier's seasonal leisure offerings to destinations in Florida and the Caribbean. "With winter just around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about warm weather respites, and this new service to the southernmost city in the continental U.S. will offer our customers an opportunity to explore this popular Florida destination," said Chuck Imhof, Delta Vice President — New York and Sales-East.

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    Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation, the boutique long-range charter specialist, has added a second Boeing Business Jet to its growing portfolio of large-jets available for international charter. It is a 5,500 nautical mile jet that can stay airborne for up to 12-hours. It is no problem for this jet to be able to link London to Bangkok, Paris to Los Angeles, and Dubai to Tokyo. The aircraft is being configured to accommodate 18 passengers in an exclusive cabin. The interior features L-shaped sofas which create two separate lounge environments, a fully equipped galley and regular business class seats. 11 seats are made for lie-flat sleeping.

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    Planet 9 has added another Dassault Falcon 7X to its lineup of charter jets. Only in September they added the second example and had it on display at the NBAA San Jose Regional Forum. The registration of the second is N119NE. The third's registration is N919NE.

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    Acropolis Aviation's Airbus ACJ319 registered G-NOAH. This plane is always here in the Winter months... here is a glimpse of what she looks like onboard.

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    This is a cool watch... video from last year but it is nice to view the film that follows a NetJets crew as they ferry an Embraer Phenom 300 corporate jet to Lisbon, Portugal.

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    Nomad Aviation has added an Airbus ACJ319 VIP jet to their offering and it will be almost available for charter from the start. December 3rd it will be available for those who desire to book services onboard. The crown room onboard is the master suite that is fitted with a queen bed and a standup ensuite shower. It has an interior that was done in 2018 and therefore is current, completed in light tones. The Airbus A319ACJ is a version of the popular airliner outfitted for the ultimate VVIP experience. Equipped with extra fuel tanks the aircraft can fly non-stop for up to 10 hours, connecting intercontinental cities in unparalleled comfort and style.

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    It appears as though SurfAir has pulled out of its European operations. The company stopped operations just late last month after starting approximately 18 months prior. The company started operations in Europe with an Embraer Phenom 300 but lately was utilizing a Citation Mustang jets. "We shut down the European company last week and have decided to focus on our core markets in the U.S.," Surf Air chairman and CEO Sudhin Shahani said.

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    A look inside the first Boeing 787 BBJ managed by Kestrel Aviation for the owner with an interior by Pierrejean Design.

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    The waiving of fees in Dubai is hoped to spur a new surge of business jet activity in the area. Operators in this area have been complaining about relatively flat conditions and the Dubai Executive Office is ridding the local industry of the extra fees. "To develop Dubai's aviation sector, we are canceling 19 fees related to the aviation industry and to aircraft landing permits...Dubai is a global hub for the industry and our hard-won position in this sector needs to be strengthened," Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who leads the Executive Council, wrote on social media back on June 6.
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    Cessna Denali vs the Pilatus PC-12/NG

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    Executive Airbus A340-500

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    Wheels UP has launched what they call 'Affordable Membership' with their newest offering called 'Wheels UP Connect'. It is significantly cheaper than traditional WheelsUP membership. Regularly you may have to pay in the region of 17,000 US dollars to start and then annual fees of around 8,500 dollars. With the new Wheels UP Connect initial fees would be around 3,000 dollars and annual fees of 2,500 dollars (that start in year 2). In comparison to the regular fees this is quite a reduction and should hopefully attract more people to join the membership. Wheels UP says that the new membership is, "ideal for those who want to join a community of members to reduce the cost of flying private by sharing flights, and also have the option to fly on their on terms".

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    Wheels UP recently bought Travel Management Company

    The purchase will give Wheels UP more flexibility as the Travel Management Company owned 26 Hawker 400XP jets. These will go along with Wheels UP's 93 aircraft. "This acquisition is a foundational piece in our continued brand evolution and mission to provide our members with a total private aviation solution, and we are thrilled to be welcoming TMC into the Wheels Up family," said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. "TMC and their light jet fleet are a perfect complement to our anchor partner, Gama Aviation, and their pilots, who will continue to operate the aircraft in our Wheels Up fleet and provide our members with the same high level of safety and service that they do today."

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