V V Difficult Project

V V Difficult Project

The star of the static display at EBACE was the first Boeing 787-8BJ VVIP aircraft (one V is not enough). It also marked the end of a six-year project for Stephen Vella, principal of Kestrel Aviation Management and his team.

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Buy, buy, buy

Buy, buy, buy

Few people can claim this is not a tough market. But as the famous quote about the Borgias in ‘The Third Man’  (I am far too diplomatic to quote it whilst in Geneva) makes clear, years of (metaphorical) bloodshed lead

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Bombardier and JETNET iQ rethink future

Bombardier and JETNET iQ rethink future

Bombardier released its latest 10 year forecast today at EBACE. It is forecasting that OEMs will sell 8,300 business jets worth $250 billion in the next 10 years. This is down by 700 aircraft on last year’s forecast because Bombardier

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Flexjet’s early Christmas present

Flexjet’s early Christmas present

Operating aircraft in Europe is tough. Especially right now. European fleets have decreased in size, and the number of business aviation flights has also fallen. It takes a brave company to set up in Europe right now. But this is

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EBACE Race

EBACE Race

Next week sees the annual migration of business jet people to Geneva for the European Business Aviation Convention. Thousands of people will be flying over in the next few days to stand around discussing important things like how much they

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As the crow flies

As the crow flies

The English idiom ‘As the Crow flies’ has no direct translation into Chinese. Instead the country often uses the expression 直线距离. Literally translated this means straight line distance. No mention of flying. Or Crows. This might not come as a

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CIT comes home

CIT comes home

In the game of banking, often the real competition is not other lenders, but your colleagues in different departments competing with you for capital. Many heads of business jet finance are at least as good at selling to management as

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Flat earth

Flat earth

Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer and Textron have all reported this week and the overriding message is that it was a flat first quarter compared to the first three months of 2015. Gulfstream booked orders worth $1.3 billion giving it a book-to-build

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China Building From The Base

China Building From The Base

NOTE: The below originally appeared as the editorial in our Corporate Jet Investor One Minute Week newsletter. To find out more, and sign up for free, please click here.   If you wanted to, you could come back from ABACE

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Hello From The Other Side

Hello From The Other Side

NOTE: The below originally appeared as the editorial in our April 15 One Minute Week newsletter. To find out more, and sign up for free, please click here.   Two years ago I sat down in exactly the same Beijing

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