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The corporate aviation industry is still struggling to recover from the downturn triggered by the 2008 financial crisis. Against a backdrop of public scepticism about the costs of business jet travel, fractional ownership models are increasingly popular. The market for large size jets is nonetheless healthier than midsize and smaller categories.

Anxious sector awaits upturn

It is unclear whether negative publicity or the business cycle is to blame for weak demand


Rohit Jaggi
The FT’s aircraft columnist writes on news and trends in the corporate aviation world

China’s infrastructure and politics hamper market ripe for growth

Private jet industry is years behind global norms in flexibility and service

Bombardier’s Global 7000

Industry hopes next generation of aircraft will encourage sales

Modified engines, wings and controls bring improved efficiency

the Pilatus PC-24 twin-engined business jet

Larger aeroplanes still dominate business skies

Customers are demanding longer range aircraft with larger cabins but the market for smaller models is also recovering

Peter Coen of Nasa

Race is on for the fastest corporate jet

Designers and engineers must solve problems related to fuel efficiency and the sonic boom

Ukraine crisis casts a cloud over the European market

The conflict has been a drag on recovery

Online technology challenges fractional model

Instant pricing for the charter industry erodes the traditional advantages bought with an upfront fee

Marine Eugene, NetJets executive director
©Andy Lane

Marine Eugene has a talent for finding opportunities

The NetJets executive has been busy with fractional deals

Airbus EC225 helicopter

Costs shape market for helicopters

The industry is about to see significant growth in leasing as a form of financing

Consumer technologies bring step change to business travel

Multi-functional headsets and cabin apps are here to stay

Comment: Budget penalises jet operators

A steep rise in air passenger duty for business jets deals a blow to the UK economy, says leading private aircraft executive

Expansion is on the flight plan, but will be patchy

Market for larger jets remains buoyant while mood is positive longer-term on sales of smaller aircraft

Technology: Engine innovations power fuel efficiency

Progress in commercial development spills over into next generation business jets

Helicopter manufacturers battle to stay aloft over treacherous waters

Severe conditions demand an innovative approach

Dassault goes green with new 5X

Simple ideas give long-range aircraft the edge in turbulent times

Former Marine calls attention to detail

Christopher Miller believes in knowing all he can about his clients

Financing: Lenders regroup as cash takes back seat

Market for funds starts to show stability after bumpy ride

Fractional ownership faces slow climb out of recessionary trough

Market has yet to regain levels reached before the crisis

Cessna: Competition rises in tough marketplace

Jet manufacturer believes investment will pay off

Australian operators buck global slump

Mining boom gives sector momentum for growth

China: Austerity takes toll but growth prospects still encourage

Although buyers may be taking longer to buy, the private market appears to have weathered the storm

Maintenance: Demand for top mechanics set to grow

More complex aircraft need a better trained workforce