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The optimist’s guide to 2017

The optimist’s guide to 2017

There are a lot of articles warning that the world faces real uncertainty in 2017 – including Bloomberg’s pessimist’s guide. But instead, let’s look at how the business aviation market could look if everything goes brilliantly. Here is an optimist’s guide

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Gama Aviation announces Landmark US merger

Gama Aviation announces Landmark US merger

Gama Aviation, the business aviation operator, has started 2017 by merging its US operations with Landmark Aviation, BBA Aviation’s 90 aircraft US management business. BBA Aviation, the owner of the Signature FBO chain, acquired Landmark Aviation in 2016. The transaction

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JetSmarter raises $105 million to become first business aviation Unicorn

JetSmarter raises $105 million to become first business aviation Unicorn

JetSmarter this week raised $105 million in funding, at what it says is a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation. This makes it the first business aviation unicorn (a private company with a valuation of $1 billion). The company said the Series

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Freestream Aircraft celebrates 25 years

Freestream Aircraft celebrates 25 years

Launched in September 1991 by Alireza Ittihadieh (right), Freestream Aircraft has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. The aircraft broker and dealer has closed more than 700 transactions worth more than $18 billion. Ittihadieh started the business in London. It now

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Trump shows Boeing the Art of the Deal

Trump shows Boeing the Art of the Deal

In his seminal 1987 book Art of the Deal, Donald Trump outlined how he negotiated the purchase of a 727 from Diamond Shamrock, a Texan oil company. Yesterday, the President Elect demonstrated how to do it using Twitter. At 1.52pm

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TRAXXALL hires four from SkyBOOKS for new Florida office

TRAXXALL hires four from SkyBOOKS for new Florida office

TRAXXALL, the aircraft maintenance tracking company, has hired four analysts from rival firm SkyBOOKS to launch its new Florida office. James Cook, Jeremy Figus, Toby Martin and Michael Shelton all join from SkyBOOKs. Ryan Kraus moves to TRAXXALL from Gulfstream,

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Down-Route opening head office in Dubai next year

Down-Route opening head office in Dubai next year

Down-Route, a new specialist app for flight crew expenses and hotel bookings, will open its head office at the Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) in 2017. The app, which formally launches next month, is backed by 24 hour call centre

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Paul Touw’s serendipitous Stellar Labs

Paul Touw’s serendipitous Stellar Labs

It may have been serendipity, but for the last 20 years Paul Touw’s career has been pushing him towards launching Stellar, the private jet marketplace. In 1996 he was a co-founder of Ariba, a business to business market place that

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Sun shines in Miami

Sun shines in Miami

It may have been the weather but the attendees at Corporate Jet Investor Miami last week are looking forward to 2017. Some 80% were optimistic (13% were very optimistic) for the next 12 months. With the US elections over (59%

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Paul Pennington launches executive coaching for business aviation

Paul Pennington launches executive coaching for business aviation

Paul Pennington, a media trainer and executive coach, has launched a new company targeting business aviation. Pennington developed a sales coaching programme for Bombardier’s international sales team which he ran for 15 years. He also worked with ExecuJet and Rizon

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