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A busy aviation week in Singapore

A busy aviation week in Singapore

Take several hundred people, a safety workshop, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) Annual General Meeting, a Dealmakers Dinner and Corporate Jet Investor Asia. Add in some jet lag (especially for the significant number of people flying in from the US)

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How time flies for CEOs

How time flies for CEOs

Anyone looking to sell business jets, memberships or charter to corporations should read the July/August issue of Harvard Business Review. Research by Professor Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School – two management science rock stars

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The main themes of EBACE

The main themes of EBACE

The flood seemed overwhelming. Well over 100 press releases and announcements were made at EBACE this year (you do wonder why so many people wait until the show) and just keeping up with them is difficult. But when you add

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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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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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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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China loves pre-loved jets

China loves pre-loved jets

One of the signs of a mature business jet market is its acceptance of pre-owned aircraft. Normally the first business aircraft imported into a country are brand-new. This is usually driven by wealth. Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI), often

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China leads Asia- Pacific fleet growth

China leads Asia- Pacific fleet growth

If there is one measure of the rude health of the business jet industry, it must surely be the sheer numbers of people attending ABACE, the region’s most important exhibition today. They have not been deterred by the weather and,

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