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Are private jet shuttle service providers the real deal or just false advertisement? Recently I ran across an article in Forbes with a title that highlighted the claim of a new shuttle service’s CEO: a shuttle service is better than a private jet… REALLY? I am apalled! How dare he? A fancy exterior paint job on an old 30 passenger Embraer ERJ 135 does not result in private jet status… nor does a red carpet unrolled in a hanger with some ropes compare to a high quality FBO; let’s keep it real! Perhaps the article would have been titled better if it read, “New shuttle service sells a pipe dream!”

The article went on to highlight the inconveniences, and in this day and age even dangers, sometimes associated with commercial air travel. I would have been okay if they would have claimed to be a hybrid between commercial and private; highlighting the more boutique service they provide, hangar departures, and prices comparable to airlines (since the service is comparable). I absolutely cannot accept that they compare themselves to private jet service. They are playing on the desires of people trying to keep up with the Jones’ all while misrepresenting the service they actually provide. Air Canada and SkyWest (Delta’s regional connection partner) operate Embraer 170/175. I believe United Express still contracts with a few regional airlines who operate a few Embraer 135/145. At any cost, these Embraer regional jets simply do not compare with a true private jet but don’t take our word for it; let’s compare visually…

This first photo is passenger seating in a private jet vs. their shuttle wanna be private jet:

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Inside a private jet shuttle service airplane

Here we have a tray table vs. a table that you can actually work and eat on:

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the inside of a real private jet is much different than those pretenders operating shuttle services on what they claim to be a private jet

Last but not least is their lounge versus the lounge inside an FBO like what you use when you REALLY fly private:

hangar versus FBO

the difference between boarding a private jet shuttle service and boarding from a private jet FBO is incredibly different

Obviously there is no comparison and it is completely absurd and disappointing that this man would attempt to devalue the true private jet experience just to sell the dream of flying private to unsuspecting travelers. This is simply false advertising and unethical to suggest it is better than flying private just because you, ultimately, get to take a regional jet that departs from a hangar at the same price you’d fly that same regional jet from a small airport. I hope those considering this option turn to Yelp! to read what other reviewers shared in regards to flights being four hours late or canceled entirely if they don’t sell enough seats. Do your homework and protect yourself from false/misleading nonsense.

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Dassault Falcon 5X

The Falcon 5x is expected to be certified in 2017 and for those of us who are big fans of the Falcon jets… this is pretty exciting! The 5X is a large-cabin twinjet which is expected to up the ante for cabin comfort, aircraft performance and ease of maintaining.

The expectations surrounding the 5X have existed among rumors for years with Dassault finally giving head to the rumors in late 2013.

Here are some of the eye popping specifics:

  • Expected to cost around $45 million new
  • 8.86 feet fuselage diameter (larger than the 8X)
  • 6.5 feet interior height
  • 1,766 cubic feet volume
  • Seating for 12 passengers

Those figures show us that this 5X will actually be larger than the trijet 7X that we love so much!

How about operations and fuel efficiency you might ask? Well, how about 50% more fuel efficient and costing 30% less to operate that similar models available from competitors? Pretty impressive, right? Dassault didn’t just think of the passengers though… they are incorporating pilot seats that recline 130 degrees so that one crew member can rest while the other flies the aircraft. This bird also boasts a 5,200 nautical mile range (approximately 11.5 hours of flying) and can fly as fast as Mach 0.9 (approximately 600 mph).

Additional specifications:

Maximum Takeoff Weight

69,600 pounds

Cabin Length

38.7 feet

Cabin Height

6.5 feet

Cabin Width

8.5 feet

Cabin Volume

1,766 cubic feet

Baggage Volume

155 cubic feet

Service Ceiling

51,000 feet

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Dassault Falcon 5X Interior

Boeing Business Jets Considers a Combi Configuration

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Illustration suggesting the design of the Boeing Combi variant of the 767 Tanker. The beauty of the Combi is its ability to carry a mixed load of passengers and cargo.

Your first question might very well be, “What is a Combi Configuration?” Well, it is a combination of cargo and passenger configurations. The Combi, as it has been nicknamed, is expected to cater to industrial, government, and heavy machinery type organizations who find themselves in a position of needing to transport equipment and a support team to a destination. While there may not be a large customer base for such a configuration, it is still something Boeing is looking to explore as a means of expanding revenue sources and keep up with Airbus (who is already offering a comparable option).

New configurations seem to be popular at Boeing. Not long ago, BBJ had two simple products; the BBJ and the BBJ2. Currently Boeing offers 11 products in their commercial line. With that said, of the 228 private jetliners Boeing has sold, 164 of those are the 737 based BBJ.

While talks exist and Boeing has even announced that it will study the potential need for the Combi, don’t expect to see any cargo type BBJ with passenger seating for, at least, a couple of years. Boeing has proclaimed that they will not push toward development until they secure a launch customer.

Any takers?