JET AWAY

On a trip to Asia a few weeks ago, my schedule had me flying through five different airports over 10 days. I was returning to India after several years and it struck me how airports like Chennai and Kolkata have grown from the one low-rise, two-story building of old to the multifloored glass high-rises of today. It’s a result of the growing economies in this part of the world, where the importance of an efficient airport process, with timely and wait-free procedures like check-in and security scanning for business and commercial travellers, is crucial. Chennai handled 23 million passengers last year while Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, formerly known as Dum Dum Airport, now handles approximately 20 million passengers per year. This may not compare to the busiest airports in Asia like Beijing Capital International Airport with 101 million passengers per year followed by Dubai, Tokyo and Hong Kong in the 80 to 90 million range, but these figures are steadily increasing.

The ease of catching a business jet or private jet at a dedicated private jet terminal to another location than these airports, away from all those thousands of people, is an altogether different travel experience. The private jet is waiting for you, there’s no lines, an instant security check, crew at the ready, food designed especially for you, beds to sleep in, and separate areas for bathing, eating and doing business. You jump on, the wheels go up and off you go. Fast, quiet, peaceful and very civilised, it beats all first class and business class travel on a commercial jet.

PRIVATE JETS ARE ASIA-BOUND
Now the question is more about what type of private jet you’d like to take your journey in. You can purchase your own jet, lease it, charter it, join a membership programme or pay as you go. Payment programmes these days make it easier to fly by private jet than ever before – and there are plenty more newly-minted millionaires and billionaires in Asia with the cash to do so. According to the UBS/PwC Billionaire Insights 2019 report, there are more billionaires in Asia Pacific than anywhere else in the world. There are currently 754 billionaires in the region, followed by the Americas with 749 and Europe, the Middle East and Africa with 598. China’s entrepreneurs have quickly risen to become the world’s second largest billionaire group in this time overtaking Russia. At the end of 2018, China was home to almost an eighth of all billionaires worldwide. This is strategic for companies in the private jet business. A report by elite market research company Mordor Intelligence found China was the largest market for business jets in the Asia-Pacific region in 2018. By the end of 2018, China had a total fleet of 338 operational business jets, making the country the largest operator of business jets in the world. “China is also planning to establish as many as 500 general aviation airports catering to the needs of around 5,000 general aviation aircraft by the end of 2020, which is also a supportive factor for the market,” it added.

As China becomes a business hub, business aviation in the country is growing at a rapid pace. According to Mordor Intelligence, in its Asia-Pacific Business Jet Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024), that growth in the business jet market in Asia-Pacific is primarily being driven by China, Australia, and India.

“Business jet manufacturers are focusing more on the development of ultralong-range jets that can travel almost halfway around the world, which can open fresh possibilities in personal and business travel. Business jet customers also prefer jets that can provide access to the more demanding, long-range routes. Even in the global market, the demand for long-range business jets is mainly generated from customers based in Asia-Pacific,” the report stated.

If you’re one of those on the look-out for a private jet, here are six serious options to consider.

Airbus Corporate Jets – greater space to carry even more passengers.

The Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) family gives customers the choice of wide and spacious cabins, presenting inspiring possibilities in creating unique spaces that offer the best of comfort and function. Those customers who want greater space to carry even more passengers can opt for one of ACJ’s family of VIP widebodies that also deliver “non-stop to the world” range. This includes the new ACJ319neo, which will fly eight passengers 6,750 nm/12,500 km or 15 hours.

In May 2017, ACJ and the Italian hypercar Atelier Pagani Automobili announced a new cabin design for the ACJ319neo, Infinito. A key feature of the Infinito cabin is its sky ceiling, which can bring a live view of the sky above the aircraft into the cabin – or use it to display other images – to create a feeling of airiness and space. “The combination of composite materials never used before in an aircraft, such as CarboTitanium, with the typical design language of Pagani Automobili, has always represented our signature. Applying our Renaissance touch to the wider spaces of ACJ cabins is the beginning of an exciting new venture for us,” says Horacio Pagani, founder & chief designer of Pagani Automobili SpA. “In bringing together the best of the supercar and business jet worlds, we enable an elegant and seamless link for customers of both, while bringing a fresh approach to cabin design and satisfying very demanding standards,” adds ACJ managing director, Benoit Defforge. airbus.com

Boeing Business Jets -redefining ultralong range VIP travel.

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) bring commercial aviation capability — ultra-large cabins, long-range jets — into the realm of private air travel, redefining spaciousness, comfort and convenience. BBJ offers customers a wide range of high-performance aircraft that can be customised for private, business or governmental use. “Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination. The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultralong range VIP travel,” said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the bi-annual Middle East Business Aviation Association show (MEBAA).

The newly launched BBJ 777X is the first business jetliner able to connect any two cities in the world nonstop. Available in two sizes, the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9 add to the market leading BBJ widebody portfolio with more of what customers value most: cabin space and range. As the largest twin-engine aircraft in the world, the BBJ 777-9’s main deck cabin space of 3,689 square feet (342.7sqm) is comparable to previous generation four-engine aircraft. The slightly smaller BBJ 777-8 lays claim to its own record as the longest-range VIP aircraft ever designed, capable of flying 11,645 nautical miles (21,570 km) nonstop.

To demonstrate the versatility of the airplane’s spacious cabin, BBJ unveiled interior concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design. Each concept shows how the BBJ 777X can be transformed to suit the tastes of any VIP customer. They can personally design and hand-select interior elements and features through many designers and completion centres, or if desired, allow Boeing Business Jets to manage the VIP interior completion. boeing.com

Gulfstream G650ER – the lowest cabin altitude, the quietest cabin.

The Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) family gives customers the choice of wide and spacious cabins, presenting inspiring possibilities in creating unique spaces that offer the best of comfort and function. Those customers who want greater space to carry even more passengers can opt for one of ACJ’s family of VIP widebodies that also deliver “non-stop to the world” range. This includes the new ACJ319neo, which will fly eight passengers 6,750 nm/12,500 km or 15 hours.

In May 2017, ACJ and the Italian hypercar Atelier Pagani Automobili announced a new cabin design for the ACJ319neo, Infinito. A key feature of the Infinito cabin is its sky ceiling, which can bring a live view of the sky above the aircraft into the cabin – or use it to display other images – to create a feeling of airiness and space. “The combination of composite materials never used before in an aircraft, such as CarboTitanium, with the typical design language of Pagani Automobili, has always represented our signature. Applying our Renaissance touch to the wider spaces of ACJ cabins is the beginning of an exciting new venture for us,” says Horacio Pagani, founder & chief designer of Pagani Automobili SpA. “In bringing together the best of the supercar and business jet worlds, we enable an elegant and seamless link for customers of both, while bringing a fresh approach to cabin design and satisfying very demanding standards,” adds ACJ managing director, Benoit Defforge. airbus.com

Dassault Aviation Falcon 6X – Land at airports usually inacessible to large business jets.

The new Falcon 6X integrates the best features from Dassault Aviation’s world-leading business and fighter aircraft expertise to create the longest-range jet in its class with unparalleled passenger comfort, maximum mission flexibility and the most advanced cockpit technologies.

The new Falcon 6X is the most spacious, with more room to work and relax, providing six feet six inches of head room, eight feet, six inches of width and 40 feet, four inches of length. An advanced and versatile twinjet in the long-range business jet segment, Dassault Aviation’s in-house Design Studio restyled the cabin interior with extra-large windows (30 of them) to brighten the cabin naturally and provide unprecedented views with a total of nearly 5,000 square inches and the highest percentage of window area in its class. It also features an industry-first skylight that provides additional natural light in the galley area.

The Falcon 6X will fly a maximum range of 5,500 nm (10,186 km) at Mach .80 or 5,100 nm / 9,445 km at Mach .85, with short-field takeoff and landing capability typical of the Falcon line. As a result, it can fly almost anywhere in the world and land at restricted or challenging airports typically inaccessible to large business jets. It is also able to land with much more fuel, which enables operators to make a short hop to an interim airport, pick up passengers, and then continue to an overseas destination without having to refuel. Washington to New York, then onto London or Geneva, for example. The cockpit of the new Falcon 6X is more spacious with larger windows and the next generation of streamlined flight technologies. Test flights are expected to start in early 2021 with entry into service the following year. dassault.fr

Cessna Citation Longitude – Land at airports usually inacessible to large business jets.

Textron Aviation Inc, home to the Citation Longitude aircraft in the super-midsize segment, gives you more range, greater payload or higher cruising speeds at a lower total cost of ownership. Engineered to give you the quietest, most comfortable cabin in its class, the spacious cabin and double-club seating afford 11 percent more legroom. Designed and built in-house, the fully lay-flat seats are crafted for smooth mobility as you work or relax in flight. The forward wet galley enhances cabin service with plenty of room for food preparation. The large walk-in baggage compartment is accessible throughout the entire flight without restriction. Arrive refreshed thanks to a low cabin altitude that does not exceed 5,950 feet. The Citation Longitude maximum passenger count is 12 with a maximum cruising speed of 483 knots 895 km/hr. The range is 3,500 nm or 6,482 km, and the wingspan is 68 feet 11 or 21.01 metres. txtav.com

Bombardier Global7500 – the world’s largest and longest-range business jet.

When buying a private jet, the aircraft features are always important. Launched in March 2019 the Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft successfully completed an 8,152 NM flight non-stop on 4 March 2019, connecting Singapore to Tucson.

According to Bombardier, the revolutionary Global 7500 is the world’s largest and longest-range business jet, redefining air travel with customisable cabin options and floor plans creating four distinct living spaces, including complete kitchen and stand-up shower. Passengers can also experience the deep recline of the Nuage seat — the first new seat architecture in business aviation in 30 years. An industry-leading 7,700 nautical mile range connects some of the world’s most dispersed city pairings, including New York to Hong Kong and Singapore to San Francisco. GE Passport engines, designed specifically for the Global 7500 business jet, power it to a top speed of Mach 0.925 with dependable reliability and improved fuel efficiency. Combined with exceptional braking, the field performance of the Global 7500 rivals that of much smaller aircraft. A cutting-edge wing design with outstanding wing loading enables the Global 7500 aircraft to deliver the industry’s smoothest flight for a ride quality that is unmatched in business aviation. bombardier.com

HK$320.00

PER YEAR

(including delivery)

Mainland China, Hong Kong & Macao

US$58.00

PER YEAR

(including delivery)

Asia, North America, Africa and Europe

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