World’s most expensive private planes

February 27th, 2015

In the aviation industry, most planes are known for their utility. However, when it comes to celebrities and business industry, private charter planes and private jet charter are more common. Charter planes exude luxury, style and class and when the rich charter a plane, here is what it looks like:

1. Airbus A340-300

Airbus A340-300

Airbus A340-300

Alisher Usmanov’s plane might have cost $238 million when it was bought but thanks to the Russian billionaire’s expensive furnishings inside the plane, its estimated value is around $600 million.

2. Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Prince Alwaleed bin Talai is the owner of this $500 million private jet which comes equipped with showers, bathrooms, wellness area, multiple bedrooms, hawk room, stable and a place where his luxury automobiles are kept.

3. Boeing 747

Boeing 747

Boeing 747

This might be a popular commercial jet but the $153 million beauty is owned and used as a private jet by various billionaires in the world including Joseph Lau.

4. Boeing 767

This Boeing costs $118 million and is owned by Larry Page and Roman Abramovich.

5. Boeing 757

Boeing 757

Boeing 757

The $100 million Boeing 757 is owned by Donald Trump and was previously owned by Paul Allen of Microsoft and comes equipped with gold seat buckles, 52” flat screen TV, gold faucets and gold bathroom sink, plus 2 bedrooms.

6. Airbus 319 Corporate Jet

This $80.7 million plane is owned by Vijay Mallya who is an Indian businessman.

7. Gulfstream G-550

Gulfstream G-550

Gulfstream G-550

Lakshmi Mittal and Phillip Green own this private jet that costs $59.9 million.

8. BD-700 Global Express

BD-700

BD-700

The elite of Hollywood prefer this private jet to others and it costs about $47.7 million. It is owned by Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion and is ideal for business trips.

Image source: financesonline.com

Surf Air founders take off with all-you-can-fly private flight service Beacon

February 19th, 2015

Service polls indicate that traveling via a plane has one of the worst ratings regarding customer feedback. Most business travelers cringe having to report to an airport a couple of hours in advance in order to get through the always unpredictable security screenings. If one resides in the San Francisco and Los Angeles area, consider Surf Air introduced to the aviation industry in mid-2014. The private jet charter operates a subscription model consisting of a $1,650 per month fee for unlimited flights in the Bay area, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. One can have four reservations at a given time on a Surf Air plane charter Pilatus PC-12 executive aircraft.

Surf Air’s charter planes avoid the congested airports, and instead identify landing areas that are used at ten percent of their capacity. The plane hire is useful since the Los Angeles and San Francisco area is one of the most highly trafficked in the world. Those that charter a plane want an easier experience which Surf Air supplies which includes showing up around 30 minutes prior to your flight; check in via an iPad, spacious seating, and luggage back to the traveler within minutes. The jet hire has grown from 23 employees to 81 in a few months. Surf Air has 16 to 20 flights per day, and will avoid competing against the big airlines in San Francisco and New York. The Pilatus aircraft is efficient to operate, and Surf Air continues to buy the same model to keep maintenance costs in check while having spare parts at their disposal.

JetBlue becomes first airline to accept Apple Pay support

February 12th, 2015

Creative Commons / Rich Snyder

Here’s some good news for frequent fliers. In case you still haven’t, JetBlue has just given you a reason to upgrade to an iPhone 6. Starting next week, Apple Pay is all pumped up to take off with JetBlue, facilitating iPhone 6 owners to make in-flight purchases and onboard amenities with a single touch. They will be able to purchase snacks, drinks as well as upgrade to available premium seats, too. As of now, this service is possible only on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and San Francisco and Los Angeles airports. But more destinations are expected to be included by June.

Hands on with JetBlue\’s new iPad Mini with Apple Pay support

Passengers using credit cards are aware of the inconvenience it possesses while paying for in-flight purchases. Pulling out the card out of their wallet or grappling with a purse under the seat can be difficult for the passenger. However, Apple Pay promises a quick and easy experience. It will not only speed up the payment processing but accelerate the food service for everyone on the plane.

Around 3,500 JetBlue flight attendants will be trained to use customized iPad Minis and accept payments made through Apple Pay. Besides the digital wallet service, the tablet can also process regular credit cards. More than 750 banks and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have offered support to Apple Pay.

In April, when the Apple Watch hits the market, passengers wearing the watch will also be able to make in-flight purchases from their wrists.

Qatar Airways Buys Stake In IAG

February 3rd, 2015
Qatar Airways A7 ACE EDDF

Photo: Creative Commons/Wo st 01

Qatar Airways, one of the leading plane operators in the aviation industry, recently purchased a 1.7 billion dollar stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group according to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ) The recent purchase was a business move made by Qatar in an attempt of further improving ties between Middle East growth carriers and Europe’s aviation sector in charter planes.

Qatar Airways is currently the second ranked Persian Gulf plane charter, and is competing with Emirates Airlines, the world’s biggest plane hire carrier by international traffic. Qatar Airways’s has previously invested into the EU airline industry, acquiring a 35% stake in Cargolux in 2011, one of the biggest jet hires in the world specializing in cargo distribution. Despite the large investment, Qatar would later pull out of the deal just a year later over a significant dispute over strategy with the private jet charter for cargo.

The difficulties surrounding Qatar’s previous investments in Cargolux, poses concern for Qatar’s relationship with IAG as the two organizations establish their relationship moving forward. With a nearly 10% investment into IAG, Qatar will become the largest shareholder for the group, representing the first instance of a Middle East carrier owning such a significant stake in one of Europe’s leading airline groups. Despite potential criticism, the Chief Executives at Qatar and IAG have a long tenured relationship that they believe will produce successful results, despite existing conflicts that have occurred with other European airline executives on how to charter a plane.

Qatar Airways, one of the leading plane operators in the aviation industry, recently purchased a 1.7 billion dollar stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group according to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ) The recent purchase was a business move made by Qatar in an attempt of further improving ties between Middle East growth carriers and Europe’s aviation sector in charter planes.

Qatar Airways is currently the second ranked Persian Gulf plane charter, and is competing with Emirates Airlines, the world’s biggest plane hire carrier by international traffic. Qatar Airways’s has previously invested into the EU airline industry, acquiring a 35% stake in Cargolux in 2011, one of the biggest jet hires in the world specializing in cargo distribution. Despite the large investment, Qatar would later pull out of the deal just a year later over a significant dispute over strategy with the private jet charter for cargo.

The difficulties surrounding Qatar’s previous investments in Cargolux, poses concern for Qatar’s relationship with IAG as the two organizations establish their relationship moving forward. With a nearly 10% investment into IAG, Qatar will become the largest shareholder for the group, representing the first instance of a Middle East carrier owning such a significant stake in one of Europe’s leading airline groups. Despite potential criticism, the Chief Executives at Qatar and IAG have a long tenured relationship that they believe will produce successful results, despite existing conflicts that have occurred with other European airline executives on how to charter a plane.

Technology innovation for aviation security:- ‘Need of the hour’!!

August 17th, 2010

In the present day environment, where problems in the aviation industry seem to be never ending along with the fear of accidents, plane hijacks and terrorist attacks etc, it has become mandatory for both the domestic & internationally operating airlines to become fool-proof. Read the rest of this entry »

Heavy Rains slow down search efforts at Pakistan crash site

July 31st, 2010

Pakistani rescue workers look for survivors amid the wreckage of the plane (AP / Irfan Haider)

Heavy monsoon rain is creating havoc in Pakistan killing more than 400 people until now and destroying property, infrastructure worth millions. In the meantime, the worst is being experienced at the Pakistan plane crash site near Islamabad, where consistent rain and fog are hampering recovery efforts.

The Airbus A321, belonging to Airblue, a private Pakistani airline, crashed into the Margala hills on Wednesday killing all 146 passengers and six crew members aboard. Heavy fog and rains are predicted to be the most probable reasons for the crash, one of the most damaging incidents creating a dent in Pakistan’s aviation history.

The majority of the bodies have been recovered and rescue efforts were in full force at the crash site, struggling to salvage remains and any evidence that could provide a hint to the incident. However, operations have been abandoned due to continuous showers, preventing rescue workers from arriving at the crash site. Furthermore, helicopters are unable to fly within the area due to thick fog and low clouds.

Meanwhile, some 105 mutilated bodies’ identification process is in progress and so far 50 identified remains have been handed over to relatives. The mutilation has made it hard to recognize the victims and a special testing centre has been set up in Islamabad to test the DNA of the bodies.

A probe into the Margalla crash has started on Thursday by a seven-member team of the Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, headed by Junaid Ameen.

Watch the Video of the Pakistan Plane Crash

Its official: Bournemouth Air Festival confirmed for August 19

July 21st, 2010

Image source: bournemouthair.co.uk

How would you typically like to spend the school holidays with your friends and family? An outing or a trip to an entertaining place with your loved ones is usually an attractive option.  I guess, a stopover to the ‘Bournemouth Air Festival’ would surely guarantee an enjoyable experience for the young ones as well as the adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Solar powered plane completes 26-hour flight successfully

July 8th, 2010

Solar impulse II (HB-SIB) concept image (GFDL/SolarImpulse)

A solar powered plane designed to fly round-the-clock without traditional fuels has completed its 26-hour flight after flying continuously through the night. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Britain’s decision of restricting Airport Growth really going to Aid climate?

July 5th, 2010

WN/Photos

These days, ‘Binge Flying’ is creating hype in Britain’s aviation industry. The recent action taken by Britain’s coalition government for the sake of the environment protection by refusing to build new runways around London to accommodate more planes is creating controversy everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Google to buy ITA software

July 2nd, 2010
Google Flight

Google Flight

Google has bought the Massachusetts-based ITA software firm for $700m (£460m) to make it convenient for users to search for specific flight information on its highly-dominant search engine. Google might have described its intention as “pro-competitive” and “pro-consumer”, but it has expectantly shook up online booking agencies. Read the rest of this entry »