Gulfstream hit a significant milestone in the certification program of their new aircraft, the G650. According to the press release, the fifth and final flight-test aircraft hit the air on January 24, 2011. All five aircraft apart of the flight-test campaign have logged more than 1,100 hours in the program and have passed a broad number of tests. The company is one step closer to public release and certification is right on track for 2011 with first deliveries in 2012.
Getting a flight quote from Blue Star Jets is now easier and more accessible than ever after the company has launched a new mobile app for Palm, Blackberry, Android and iPhone smartphone users. The new mobile app allows users to retrieve a free flight quote from Blue Star Jets right from your finger tips. To download the app, visit www.bluestarjets.com/mobile.
Gulfstream recently set a new speed record for the Gulfstream G450 business jet for flying from Tokyo to Hong Kong. The aircraft took off at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport at 10:50 am. local time on June 7, 2010. It flew 1,694 nautical miles at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.85, landing 3 hours and 58 minutes later at 1:48 p.m. local time at Hong Kong International Airport.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) confirmed the flight as a U.S. record and forwarded the figures to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) in Switzerland for approval as a world record.
Jay-Z has been hit with a lawsuit by Air Platinum Club for failing to pay for 55 hours of private jet service back in 2009. According to the company’s records, Jay-Z only paid for 37 hours of premium service but hasn’t made an effort to pay for the rest of the 18 hours. Those 18 hours at the rate of $4,500 per-hour (discounted from $6,000 per-hour) total to $81,000.
In addition, there are other various charges such as catering service and international flights that haven’t been paid yet. See how it all breaks down below.
— 18 hours of flight time at $4,500-per-hour (discounted from $6,000-per-hour) … $81,000
— Catering for 17 domestic flights ($500-per-flight) …. $8,500
— Catering for 4 international flights ($750-per-flight) … $3,000
— International fees … $8,500
— Taxes … $12,285
— Luxury trip to England … $24,200
The grand total is $137,485. Air Platinum Club is also requesting an additional $100,000 in damages.
Marquis Jets recently hit their 10th Anniversary! In celebration they have offered increased savings for customers on their most popular aircraft types for a limited time only. Aside from that, Marquis Jet CEO Kenny Dichter did a very interesting interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box. Check out the interview below.