Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and renowned contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, a.k.a. Mr Colorful, have jointly designed an ACJ cabin – the ACJ TwoTwenty special cabin edition by Cyril Kongo.

ACJ team up with artist Cyril Kongo on special edition TwoTwenty

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Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and renowned contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, a.k.a. Mr Colorful, have jointly designed an ACJ cabin – the ACJ TwoTwenty special cabin edition by Cyril Kongo.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and renowned contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, a.k.a. Mr Colorful, have jointly designed an ACJ cabin – the ACJ TwoTwenty special cabin edition by Cyril Kongo.

The entire signature cabin has been envisioned by the ACJ design team to deliver comfort, connectivity and functionality in one space while Kongo’s touch brings the cabin design to a next level of emotion.

Notably, the main lounge, which will be partly hand painted by Kongo, combines carefully chosen branded textures and fabrics.

Kongo and the ACJ design team took full advantage of the ACJ TwoTwenty’s large fuselage which is at least two times wider than other business jets, allowing for a spaciously crafted table greeting, potentially serving up to eight guests. Comlux will be the exclusive completion partner for the first 15 aircraft.

The ACJ TwoTwenty will offer unrivalled personal space with 73m2/785 ft2 of floor space and will be the only business jet to offer six large VIP living areas for up to 19 passengers. The ACJ TwoTwenty will have an intercontinental range, capable of flying up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km (over 12 hours flight time) and is priced just below the Ultra Long Range (ULR) business jet aircraft.

The ACJ TwoTwenty was launched in late 2020 and has already won orders for six aircraft. Comlux will be the first to take delivery of the ACJ TwoTwenty this winter and the first aircraft will enter into service early 2023.

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Centtrip expands into the US

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Fintech business Centtrip has partnered with Adyen to launch its platform, app, and card in the US, with a particular focus on the private and business aviation industry.

The Centtrip card has been designed for the demands of highly mobile organisations such as air charter businesses.

The Centtrip platform gives businesses in the sector real-time visibility and control over their expenses and card payments, helping them empower their pilots and crew, streamline expense payment processes, reduce the cost and risk of carrying cash, and make the accounting process significantly easier.

Jane Turner, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The aviation industry was one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the fundamentals such as speed and service remain. The Centtrip app and online platform, as well as our high card limits, are tailor made for the private aviation industry when dealing with large expenditure. By expanding into the US, we are giving highly mobile businesses in the private aviation industry more control, flexibility and visibility over their money.”

As part of the expansion Centtrip has opened an office in Miami Beach, Florida, and plans to expand its US based team in the coming months.

VistaJet has expanded its comprehensive VistaPet program as it continues to see a rise in the number of animals onboard.

VistaJet enhances pet pampering services

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VistaJet has expanded its comprehensive VistaPet program as it continues to see a rise in the number of animals onboard.

VistaJet has expanded its comprehensive VistaPet program as it continues to see a rise in the number of animals onboard.

VistaJet’s team of over 200 Cabin Hostesses now has tuition in all segments of pet first aid to ensure safety for all in-flight and that pets receive the same leading service as their owners.

The extensive training program includes:

  • Pet CPR procedures from checking circulation, identifying location of the heart and optimum ratio of compressions to breath;
  • Recognising warning signs of chocking and the best manoeuvres for the situation;
  • Vital signs such as heart rate, varying pulse locations, body temperature, and mucous membrane and capillary refill time to check for circulation and levels of oxygen in the bloodstream;
  • Understanding indications of poisoning from ingested or topical, spider or insect bites, and the best treatment for each;

And to better understand behaviours, crew members also learn how to read body language, such as recognising the difference between a rapidly twitching tail and a friendly wag or the unpredictability of cats, gaining clues from their eyes, ears and whiskers.

Matteo Atti, EVP Marketing & Innovation at VistaJet said: “The fast increase in pet adoptions is paired with a habit of having pets as daily companions. Rabbits are a recent new breed of pet flown by VistaJet, and while dogs continue to make up the majority of animal passengers, the number of cats spiked 357% from 2019 to 2020. It’s important to continually evolve our services to offer best-in-class travel solutions to all our passengers, making them feel safe and cared for at all times. With one in four Members flying with pets, VistaJet is dedicated to ensuring dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and any other guests benefit from the same unparalleled service their owners expect from us.”

VistaPet also offers additional solutions for comfort and health, including:

  • Fear of flying courses for fearful ones. In partnership with The Dog House, pre-flight courses are offered to prepare for a comfortable in-flight experience. The four-week training helps dogs overcome sounds of jet engines, air pressure and the movements of air turbulence.
  • Balanced menus to keep animals healthy and hydrated. Pet passengers are served in-flight meals created in collaboration with clinical veterinarian Dr Bruce Fogle. Natural flower essences are also available to mix with pet’s drinking water to aid relaxation.
  • A safe and soft cabin. During the flight, pets can enjoy handmade Labbvenn sleep mats so they can sit down near their owners in the cabin.
  • In-flight amenity kits. The VistaPet Pochette includes bio-organic, nutritional pet food from Rockster, treats created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux for The Dog House, and Kibble Pet’s water-free shampoo and wipes for salon-quality fur care. For in-flight entertainment, there are Furzu rope toys.

VistaJet’s Private World collection introduces the very-best pet-friendly properties around the globe. At participating Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, pets can enjoy tailored menus and exclusive amenities, massages and cabanas during their stay.

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Camber Aviation and Boeing Business Jets launch Revive Design Awards

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Camber Aviation Management and Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) have launched a new competition, designed to challenge professional designers and students to reimagine luxury jet interiors.

According to its founders, The Revive Design Awards will spark new interest, revealing what is possible when fresh ideas and energy are brought to private jet cabin design. Innovative designer solutions will challenge the very concept of what is “NEW and FRESH”.

Camber Aviation Management and Boeing Business Jets will host the Revive Design Awards gala in Dubai on the final day of the Dubai Design Week (13 November).

The two partners have teamed up with professional designers and design schools to take a previous generation interior and revive it into a stunning new private jet cabin worthy of the most selective private jet owners. Each design concept will be presented live, for the first time, to the invited guests in Dubai and to the audience watching on social media around the world. A jury composed of respected experts from the industry will select the best design in two categories; one from professional designers, and one from design schools. The audience, both “live” and through social media will select their favourites – as will the experienced panel of judges. The winner for “Best cabin design” for each of the two categories will be awarded at the gala event in Dubai. This award aspires to become an annual event relevant both for the business aviation industry and contemporary industrial design.

According to Camber’s CEO, Tom Chatfield: “We are incredibly excited to partner with BBJ to present the first annual Revive Design Awards. This will be one of the first major aviation events in almost two years. We are gathering competitors, jury members, organisers, and guests together at a truly memorable location, to unveil some of what promises to be the most innovative contemporary cabin design solutions seen. This event will excite our industry and give current and future BBJ owners a glimpse into the art of the possible in the world’s most exclusive business jet. This award is only the beginning”.

“Boeing Business Jets is delighted to participate in the Revive Awards project,” said Alexis Fecteau, the Global Director of Marketing at Boeing Business Jets and Director of Sales for Boeing’s largest region centered in the Middle East. “At BBJ, we constantly seek to support the new ideas and new talent that keep our business aviation industry at the forefront of innovation. With the Revive initiative, design students and up-and-coming designers can bring these new “out-of-the-box” ideas to life and share a fresh vision of what the most advanced interior business jet environments should look like for 2021 and beyond.”

Qatar Executive (QE) has welcomed the arrival of the world’s first Gulfstream G700 jet aircraft to the State of Qatar, as part of a special demonstration by the manufacturer honouring QE as the launch customer.

Qatar Executive shows off world’s first Gulfstream G700

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Qatar Executive (QE) has welcomed the arrival of the world’s first Gulfstream G700 jet aircraft to the State of Qatar, as part of a special demonstration by the manufacturer honouring QE as the launch customer.

Qatar Executive (QE) has welcomed the arrival of the world’s first Gulfstream G700 jet aircraft to the State of Qatar, as part of a special demonstration by the manufacturer honouring QE as the launch customer.

The G700 will be the latest addition to Qatar Executive’s state-of-the-art fleet of long-range and ultra-long-range aircraft. The executive charter service provider has ordered 10 of the world’s largest business jets and will take delivery of the very first aircraft off the Gulfstream assembly line in Georgia, US in 2022. The aircraft has been tailor-made exclusively with superior-quality cabins to meet Qatar Executive’s exacting standards.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We take great pride in the expansion of Qatar Executive throughout the ongoing pandemic. The arrival of the Gulfstream G700 in Doha emphasises our position as one of the leading business jet aircraft service provider in the Middle East and around the world. As the global launch customer for this technologically-advanced jet, we look forward to welcoming the G700 into Qatar Executive’s fleet in 2022 and continuing to set new standards in air travel for years to come.

“As a launch customer, we are also proud to reaffirm our commitment to addressing climate change and other environmental impacts through the addition of the technologically advanced G700 to our fleet.

“Qatar Executive grew exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the average monthly block hours reserved grew by 76% year-over-year and the booking enquires increased by more than a 100%. The sharp growth came as a result of the new strategies implemented by Qatar Executive and dynamic positioning of the services in the right marketplace, in addition to understanding their customer requirements and offering tailored flight hour packages.

“Today, we celebrate our strong ties with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and look forward to forging an even closer relationship as we continue receiving new jets from them in the near future.”

“We are grateful for Qatar Executive’s continued confidence in Gulfstream,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “With their partnership, we are introducing the tremendous performance capabilities and cabin comfort of the G700 to their customers, and we look forward to their first G700 deliveries.”

The aircraft delivers the most spacious, innovative and flexible cabin in the industry, offering an extra-large galley with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a spacious, unparalleled grand suite with en suite washroom. The jet also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed revolutionary lighting system that mimics circadian rhythms. Along with 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100% fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight health and well-being and greatly reduces the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world non-stop.

Qatar Executive is the world’s largest owner-operator of the Gulfstream G650ER and currently operates seven of the aircraft type with eight more to be delivered within the next 10 months in addition to the planned deliveries of the G700 fleet. Qatar Executive also operates three Bombardier Global 5000s, one Bombardier Global XRS and one Airbus A319CJ making the current fleet 12 strong.

Satcom Direct (SD, has added its newly developed Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course to its training curriculum

Satcom Direct introduces new Aviation CyberThreat Awareness training

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Satcom Direct (SD, has added its newly developed Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course to its training curriculum

Satcom Direct (SD, has added its newly developed Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course to its training curriculum. The online, self-paced program, designed for end-users, delivers a comprehensive understanding of how to minimise digital risk, and ensure company compliance, by making simple changes in digital behaviour and device handling.

SD has designed the course specifically for users of computers, mobile devices, networks, and internet services, including members of flight departments, operators, crew, and passengers. The program explores how human and technical factors, impact cyber security. Modules detail best practices for implementing data security compliance, identifying common hacking and attack methodology, and how to recognise, and mitigate, inherent vulnerabilities on the ground or in the air. In addition, the course explores the importance of protecting data during international travel and is complemented by information relating to the use of personal digital devices before, during, and after a flight.

“The threat of cyber events continues to escalate in business aviation. It is not a matter of if a cyber event will occur, but when, so we wanted to provide our customers with an accessible course that supports cyberthreat prevention from an aviation user and facilitator, rather than purely technological, perspective,” said John Kummer, Senior VP Strategy and Programs. “With the rise of increasingly sophisticated bad actors there is a clear and present danger that all flight departments, corporate fleets, and business aviation stakeholders should be aware of. This course helps to clarify weak points, whether they be technical or human behaviour related, and provides solutions that will strengthen data practices.”

“The combination of our digital Learning Management System, and in-person tailored connectivity courses, increases access to this critical information. We are pleased to provide an educational platform that enhances the skills and knowledge of our customers, colleagues and the business aviation sector globally,” added Kummer.

Air Charter Service launches specially designed private jet travel package

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Following four months of careful curation, aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service (ACS), has launched the latest in its ‘Time Well Spent’ series of specially designed private jet travel itineraries – ‘Across The Top Of The World’.

The packages have been crafted by best-selling author and time design expert, James Wallman (pictured), along with a team of private aviation experts.

The new ‘Across The Top Of The World’ itinerary (following the ‘Journey To The End Of The World’ itinerary launched in July) offers an exceptional luxury travel experience through Lofoten, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and Octola in Finland. The itinerary has been meticulously designed using James Wallman’s theories and is made seamless through private aviation. Private jet travel saves 80% of total travel time for the trip, with 11 hours travel by private jet versus 55 hours via commercial airlines.

James Wallman commented: “The itinerary series is based on the STORIES framework from my book, ‘Time And How To Spend It’ – so that travellers who select these itineraries will not only take a break from their norm, but will embark on a life-affirming journey that provides them with show-stopping memories and stories. The ‘STORIES’ checklist stands for Story, Transformation, Outside & Offline, Relationships, Intensity, Extraordinary, and Status & Significance – a trip based on this checklist ensures you are adding to your personal development and avoiding ‘empty’ experiences.

“‘Once in a lifetime’ is a terrible cliché. As is ‘off the beaten track’. But when else will you, and how else could you, take in so much in so little time? Take this trip and you’ll come home with the sort of stories that’ll not only make your friends’ eyes open wide. You’ll gather the sort of unforgettable memories that’ll tell you you’re making up for the time you lost to the pandemic.”

Using the STORIES checklist, Wallman explained: “To give you a few examples, the trip features standout extraordinary elements, as travellers will see and hear ice calving from the glaciers in Greenland – an amazing and humbling experience. The sheer size of ice across the country will bring a sense of awe – one of the key ways to peak experiences, which create memories. A Story element of the trip involves following in the footsteps of explorers by RIB boat in Svalbard and staying at the world’s northernmost commercial cabin, Nordenskiöld Lodge. The Story continues by hiking across the glacier, crossing crevasses and an expedition lunch with views of Adolfbukta and Billefjorden that is nothing short of spectacular.”

Gavin Copus, Global Business Development Director at Air Charter Service, commented: “The circular shape of travel that this trip follows is made possible to fly from point to point by private jet. Direct routes between Greenland and Svalbard or Svalbard and Finland, for example, are not operated commercially and we can fly direct by private jet, rather than travelling through hubs such as Oslo or Copenhagen, in this case. Through private aviation and supported by James Wallman’s STORIES time design, we can avoid this long connectivity and visit extraordinary destinations in a shorter space of time – but in a more comfortable, direct manner.”

Gogo reports strong Q2 performance

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Gogo has released its financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2021.

The company achieved total revenue of US$82.4 million, an increase of 51% compared to Q2 2020 and 12% compared to Q1 2021, fuelled by strong growth in both service and equipment revenue.

According to Oakleigh Thorne – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: “Demand for business aviation in-flight connectivity is accelerating. Our advanced platform is perfectly positioned to take advantage of that acceleration and our vertically integrated business model is converting that demand into sustainable very positive bottom-line performance for Gogo.”

Speaking to analysts, Thorne highlighted the positive performance of the AVANCE L5 platform. “While AVANCE revenue and shipments were strong for the quarter AVANCE orders for Q3 and Q4 are even stronger. And orders for 2022 are looking like they will be even stronger than 2021, all of which will have long-term benefits for Gogo,” he noted.

Another significant revenue driver for Gogo, is the rapid increase in the amount of data consumed by passengers as they use more data-intensive applications such as streaming, file sharing and video conferencing. Across its entire fleet, Gogo customers consumed 52% more data in Q2 2021 than they did in Q2 2019, driven by 26% increase in megabytes per flight hour and 20% increase in flight hours per day.

Thorn revealed that data consumed across large and charter and fractional flights nearly doubled over 2019. Gogo has launched four streaming plans for AVANCE customers including a new limitless streaming plan to take advantage of this demand, selling more than 50 of those streaming plans to date, driving an increase of $193 per month ARPU per AVANCE aircraft online.

During the analysts call, Thorne also provided an update on the progress of some of the company’s strategic initiatives.

Thorne confirmed that its 5G antenna had completed flight testing was readying for qualification testing in Q4. During Q2, Gogo installed and tested its first 5G base station antenna array as it prepares for Q4 installation of a seven tower test bed. The 5G core is simply awaiting integration testing, while the prototype of the 5G airborne LRU has been tested prequel testing begun. In with expectations, Gogo expects a commercial launch of Gogo 5G in the second half of 2022.

The hardware portion of the AVANCVE L5 5G upgrade is designed to be easy and inexpensive. As Thorne explains, “We will replace the two L5 antennas with two 5G antennas that fit in the exact same attachment points as the L5 antennas. And will add a small box next to the AVANCE box inside the aircraft.”

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Pilatus introduces video tour of PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

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Interior of a Pilatus-24 jet

With pandemic travel restrictions limiting attendance at business aviation trade shows, Pilatus has launched a three-part video series giving prospective PC-24 customers and enthusiasts an expert-guided tour of the Super Versatile Jet.

The videos will be published on the Pilatus YouTube channel on a weekly basis.

In this first instalment of the PC-24 interactive tour, hosted on the Pilatus YouTube channel, viewers are given a detailed walk-around of the aircraft by company test pilot Matthew ‘Fish’ Hartkop. He explains all unique features and benefits of the PC-24’s design, systems, and performance capabilities.

In the second segment, to be released on 6 August, the test pilot takes viewers into the cockpit of the PC-24, providing an in-depth introduction to the Advanced Cockpit Environment – ACE, focusing on the technologies, performance and flying qualities of interest to pilots and flight department managers.

The final segment takes viewers into the passenger cabin of the PC-24. This video to be released on 13 August is hosted by Marta Esquer Cerezo, Project Manager for Pilatus, and highlights the cabin’s comfort and size, flat floor, cargo area, and ease seating layout reconfiguration. Cerezo also explains the benefits of the PC-24’s forward lavatory, which is a new concept to many operators of traditional business jets.

Markus Bucher, CEO from Pilatus, stated: “Interest in seeing the PC-24 first-hand has been tremendous, and we wish we could host everyone personally here at the factory in Switzerland. Until we get that opportunity, this video tour is the next best alternative. With Fish and Marta as your tour guides, you are hearing the PC-24 story from the experts who actually designed, built, tested and produced this incredible machine. We hope you enjoy the tour, and I encourage you to contact an Authorised Pilatus Sales Center to arrange a personal showing in the near future.”

Gulfstream has announced a lower cabin altitude for the all-new Gulfstream G700.

Gulfstream lowers cabin altitude of G700 cabin

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Gulfstream has announced a lower cabin altitude for the all-new Gulfstream G700.

Gulfstream has announced a lower cabin altitude for the all-new Gulfstream G700.

Originally announced with a cabin altitude of 3,290 feet/1,003 m when flying at 41,000 ft/12,497 m, the G700 cabin altitude at the same flight level has been improved to 2,916 ft/889 m.

“Our focus on the customer experience is embedded in our commitment to continuous improvement,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream. “This new, industry-leading cabin altitude is a result of our ongoing investments in customer health and safety and will provide even more comfort for passengers over the ultralong-range flights the G700 is capable of achieving.”

In addition to the low cabin altitude, The Gulfstream Cabin Experience on the G700 includes 100% fresh, never recycled air; whisper-quiet noise levels; 20 of the industry’s largest windows; an all-new, high-definition circadian lighting system; and award-winning seat design with advanced ergonomics and a variety of enhanced comfort preferences customers can choose from.

The G700 cabin, the most spacious in the industry, first took flight on April 15, 2021, on the first fully outfitted production test aircraft. Gulfstream is taking the G700 interior through more than 15,500 test points to ensure the cabin’s comfort, maturity and durability upon its entry into service, anticipated in 2022.