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Dustin Dryden pays to settle case against Gama Aviation

Dustin Dryden pays to settle case against Gama Aviation

Dustin Dryden and business jet company Gama Aviation have settled a court case in the English High Court with Dryden handing over cash and assets. The amount paid has not been disclosed. Dryden founded Hangar8 and floated it on the

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AsBAA pushes importance of looking after aircraft

AsBAA pushes importance of looking after aircraft

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) has launched a new initiative to focus on maintaining the condition of aircraft in the region. David Dixon, president of Jetcraft Asia and vice chair of AsBAA, raised the issue at the association’s Annual

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Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500

Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500

Bombardier has just launched two new aircraft at EBACE – the Global 5500 and the Global  6500. Both are on track for certification and entry into service by the end of 2019. The manufacturer has been test flying the Global

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JetSuiteX order positive for electric aviation

JetSuiteX order positive for electric aviation

It is easy to overuse the phrase landmark deal, but JetSuiteX, the Californian business-jet operator, made one this week. It ordered – and paid a deposit – for up to 100 Zunum Aero aircraft. Much of the order will be

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Wheels Up turns customer into CFO

Wheels Up turns customer into CFO

When Eric Jacobs took a call from a headhunter asking him if he would consider joining Wheels Up, the business aviation membership company, as CFO he immediately said he was interested. Jacobs was already a member of its 8760-starter programme

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DownRoute wants to book rooms and then manage your expenses for free

DownRoute wants to book rooms and then manage your expenses for free

Business jet pilots get to see almost as many hotels as they do runways. In fact, according to Andy Hudson, founder of DownRoute, on an average night up to 30,000 business jet pilots and crew are staying in hotels. And

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eVTOLs, moats and buggy whips

eVTOLs, moats and buggy whips

Thanks to Harvard professor Theodore Levitt, many senior executives now spend a lot of time worrying about whether their companies are like 19th century buggy whip-makers. Levitt famously wrote that whip companies failed to realise that they were in the

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JetSmarter: “In five years 75% of all business jet flights will be shared”

JetSmarter: “In five years 75% of all business jet flights will be shared”

Sergey Petrossov, the founder of JetSmarter, believes that the future of business aviation is about sharing. Removing the private from private aviation. He is convinced that most of the people who charter business jets are happy to share flights in

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Middle East looks long-term

Middle East looks long-term

Corporate Jet Investor’s Dubai Conference took place this week at a time of rapid change. It is astonishing how quickly the Middle East business aviation market has changed in just 12 months. At last year’s CJI Dubai Conference no one

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Donnelly hints at start of upturn

Donnelly hints at start of upturn

When Scott Donnelly took on his role(s) of chairman, president and CEO of Textron in December 2009, he did not expect to be talking about a tough business jet market for the next nine years. But he has got really

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