The Enlightened Business Traveler
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Despite a vacillating U.S. economy, the need for a company plane appears to be stronger than ever. What’s driving it?
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Directional Aviation Capital’s Kenn Ricci
Kenn Ricci is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital,which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace, Constant Aviation and Sentient Jet. He is also the author of the leadership book Management by Trust.
- Written by Joe Sharkey
Featured in The New York Times
The private jet industry has been a bit more optimistic lately, in part because of business travelers like Mark Dowley who use it to patch holes in the domestic air travel system.
Mr. Dowley, an executive for a private equity firm and a marketing consultant, said he still flies commercial planes on the long, nonstop routes that airlines offer in abundance. But he will sometimes take a business jet to a smaller destination — the kind of place that could take an additional three hours or more to reach by commercial plane. So he may fly commercially from New York to San Francisco for a meeting in San Jose, and then fly by private jet to San Diego for more meetings.
You can't spend much time around aviation without marveling at them: those incredible in-flight photos of aircraft silhouetted against the clouds, every detail glistening in perfect light.
Ever wonder who creates them? And how? (After all,it's not like you can just hang around waiting for the right clouds at 9,500 feet all day.)
Recently, renowned air-to-air photographer Paul Bowen directed a photographic mission over the California coast for Flight Options. Three days, six aircraft…and some of the most demanding mid-air choreography you're likely to experience short of an air show. But since you never see the extraordinary effort from this kind of adventure – just the extraordinary exposures that result – we thought you'd enjoy a briefing.
- Written by Alasdair Whyte
There is a perception that export credit guaranteed finance deals take a long time to structure. The 15 months that Flight Options and Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) spent working on their $167 million agreement does nothing to dispel this. But the participants say it was the effort.
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- Written by Mark Patiky
It details popular options, uncovers surprising approaches and offers smart strategies for buyers. It speaks to key industry executives who can help you chart the best course for your needs and design methods for managing costs. But, most important, it discusses the ease with which you too can reclaim precious time.
In this special report you will meet some of the people behind business aviation today.
Through the use of the large cabin Legacy 600, Flight Options was able to transport a total of 101 people both in and out of the stricken city of Port-au-Prince on 4 round-trip relief flights.
The passengers included volunteers representing over 16 organizations such as Surgical Volunteers International, Samaritans Purse, Water for Life, Mennonite Central Committee and more.
In addition, Flight Options was able to transport over 4,000 pounds of water purifiers, medicine, locating equipment and supplies.
- Written by Mark Patiky
For long-time PGA golf champion Fred Couples, few things are more satisfying than hitting a tee shot on a par three and sticking it inches from the pin during a tough tournament round. What is equally fulfilling is Couples’ ability to travel long distances and land minutes from the course thanks to his Flight Options fractional share in a Hawker 400XP. Next to his clubs, his jet might be the best piece of hardware he’s got, and just like his favorite putter, it’s something that he’s come to depend on for more than 15 years.