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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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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ICAO CORSIA good for business jet operators

ICAO CORSIA good for business jet operators

Last Saturday more than 100 people died at London Heathrow Airport. OK, they did not actually die. But they did lie on the floor for a bit and pretend to be dead before going home. They prostrated themselves to protest about a

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Exploring new operating models

Exploring new operating models

How to stimulate growth into business aviation is a subject that comes up whenever industry people meet. Whether it is around a coffee table in a board room in Oklahoma, or during a late night baijiu session in Beijing it

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Business Aviation and World Trade

Business Aviation and World Trade

It will be of no comfort to sailors stuck on ships outside harbours, but the slowdown in world trade that brought about the collapse of Hanjin Shipping last week is also not good for business aviation. The World Trade Organization says that

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Não existe amor em SP

Não existe amor em SP

After the excitement of the Olympics it was always going to be hard for LABACE to keep it going.  The impeachment of Dilma Rousseff was also an unwelcome distraction. There was very little news this year. Even locally based manufacturer

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‘Embracing new technology’ – Jonny Nicol, Stratajet

‘Embracing new technology’ – Jonny Nicol, Stratajet

Jonny Nicol: Bringing an old-fashioned industry out of the dark ages. After a stint in the military I became a corporate freelance pilot, which, amongst other things, included flying private jets. This opened my eyes to the two huge gaping

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Something for next week

Something for next week

One of the most popular TED talks is focused on why people procrastinate. I have not actually got around to watching it yet, but Tim Urban, the presenter, apparently ends by arguing that we should all hurry up and not

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