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Fallows On DayJet

In 2001, James Fallows published in hardback “Free Flight, From Airline Hell to a New Age of Travel.” In 2002, he toned down the title of the paperback release to “Free Flight, Inventing the Future of Travel.” I suspect the majority of the traveling public the past few weeks would think the original title was [...]

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Air Taxi Operators

A Flight International article has a great update highlighting some of the more than 16 different European air taxis operators who are flying now or plan on doing so by 2010. In an informative article entitled “Will the emergence of VLJs as air taxis transform air travel?” authored by Kate Sarsfield, it is clear that [...]

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Compare The Cost & Time

Today’s Memorial Day edition of The Washington Post contains the latest in a series of articles highlighting the challenges faced in light of fuel costs and the economy for air taxis. Written by Kendra Marr, the article is entitled “Takeoff Turbulence for Air Taxis -Fuel Prices, Distressed Economy Create Head Winds [...]

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Flight Has Been Delayed

Last week, more negative news out of Capitol Hill related to commercial air travel and the costs of delays in a report entitled “Your Flight Has Been Delayed Again” and released by the Joint Economic Committee (”JEC”) Majority Staff chaired by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) on May 22. At the beginning [...]

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Blink and JetBird

It has been a while since I have discussed the status of European operators, but an article in Time magazine recently highlighted the efforts of both Blink and Jetbird. The article entitled “Private Jets: Air Pressure” discussed again the projections about the number of vljs operating in Europe in the future [...]

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DayJet

With DayJet’s scale back announcement, I have been asked repeatedly what I thought and what this meant for the air taxi marketplace. I have also spent the past few days reading most of the news reports and analysts’ statements. Here is what I think, much of which has been stated in [...]

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DOT IGs Comments

I spent a large part of last week at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference in Florida where I had the honor of appearing on the agenda to speak on maintenance risk and legal issues both from the litigation and regulatory perspective. As always, NBAA put on a great conference. In preparing [...]

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Lower Fuel Costs

There is a good article in yesterday’s New York Times discussing a number of US operators entitled “Air Taxis Fly Into Financial Turbulence.” It includes a discussion on cheap George Strait tickets Dayjet’s recent inability to secure another round of financing and its need for market expansion to obtain a critical mass [...]

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JetBlue to JetSuite

A strong group of aviation professionals with significant ties to JetBlue formerly announced the creation of JetSuite in a press release yesterday. Led by Alex Wilcox, one of the original founders of JetBlue and later the COO of Kingfisher Airlines, JetSuite plans to operate Phenom 100s in a managed owner aircraft model concept. JetSuite plans [...]

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