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Brad and Angelina, Hollywood’s Most Frequent Flyers

When it comes to celebrity families, no one racks up more jet card miles than the Jolie-Pitts. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are Hollywood’s favorite pair of actors, parents, and humanitarians, and they’re also both certified to fly private jets. That’s fitting for a couple who adopted children from three different countries and own homes in France and Los Angeles.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie getting off private jet

In fact, rumors once swirled that Brad bought a pre-owned jet for his partner, who became an instrument-rated private pilot in Great Britain in 2007. Brad also has a pilot’s license, but neither will fly with their children in tow unless they’ve had recent experience at the controls.

Last summer, Angelina and Brad worked simultaneously for the first time in their seven-year relationship. While she directed Unbroken in Australia and Hawaii, he starred in Fury in the United Kingdom. Private jets allowed them to make up for their broken parenting pact: instead of taking turns with their six children as usual, they decided to jet back and forth between continents all summer long.

During one whirlwind week in August, Angelina brought her children from Australia to Tokyo, where they stayed with dad Brad until he brought them back to the Land Down Under for another family getaway the very next weekend. There’s apparently no such thing as jet lag for these international travelers.

 

Angelina Jolie Getting in Airplane

Angelina reportedly earned her pilot’s license in order to carry out aid missions for the United Nations. Now, she uses every opportunity to expose her children to the same worthy causes, and private jets allow her to do that. She took son Pax from Los Angeles to New York for her appearance before the United Nations Security Council, where she discussed war crimes that affect women and children. She also invited daughter Zahara to the Netherlands, to attend war crime trials in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. A year later, Zahara and son Maddox even tagged along for a flight from Los Angeles to London, where their mother met up with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

More families are choosing to charter in 2014, but for the Jolie-Pitts, private wings have always granted them the freedom to travel as a family unit (and make pit stops to support good causes along the way).

If you want to learn more about traveling like a celebrity or would like to price out a charter flight call or email Jet Partners today!

California Chrome: The Race Horse That Was Almost An Airplane

This year, the Belmont Stakes will host a few of the most exciting minutes in Sports Entertainment. While the event has never been as popular as the Kentucky Derby, every so often there is an opportunity for one championship horse to compete in the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. The coveted title is an honor considered to be the most prestigious trophies in the nation. This year that opportunity has been earned by California Chrome.

 

Belmont Stakes Favorite California Chrome

 California Chrome is owned by Perry Martin of Yuba City, California and Steve Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nevada. The two originally purchased Chrome’s dam, Love the Chase in 2008, and an observer remarked that only a “dumb ass” would buy her, given the horse’s modest race record. The Coburns and Martins decided to name their racing operation DAP Racing, which stands for “Dumb Ass Partners”. Steve Coburn was initially looking for a tax write off, and his wife Carolyn encouraged him to buy into a racing syndicate rather than purchasing a small airplane.

In certain situations purchasing an aircraft can be beneficial for tax purposes.  Companies that earn enough revenue and travel over a certain amount, can benefit from aircraft ownership, but it usually only makes sense for larger entities.  For individuals and corporations who don’t do enough flying, the associated costs of ownership often spend more than they get to write off.  While buying a race horse is not always a lucrative endeavor, there is certainly a better chance of turning a profit, especially if you come out a winner in the events with higher purses.

 

Triple Crown - California Chrome

If California Chrome wins the Triple Crown, it will be the first time since 1978, that a horse has achieved such a tremendous feat. This year over 100,000 attendees are expected to attend, hoping and anticipating a victory for California Chrome. Many will fly private and attend the newly renovated champagne room, where New York Yankee Bernie Williams will be performing on his classical guitar as well as musicians such as LL Cool J. Jet Partners is a proud provider for all private charters to and from this remarkable, exciting, and potentially historical event.

Perry Martin and Steve Coburn

Today, the partners are considered far from “Dumb Asses” with earnings over $3.5 million this year for California Chrome; a not so shabby return on an $8,000 investment in Love the Chase. They no longer have to worry about buying a small airplane. Using on demand charter providers such as Jet Partners gives them the opportunity to charter private aircraft all over the world and only pay for the time they fly. They have the luxury of traveling in comfort and leisure on some of the most beautiful aircraft in the world whenever and wherever they desire. Best of all, they don’t have to worry about the associated costs ownership such as paying a crew, renting hangar space, maintaining airworthiness and all the other fun bills you receive as an aircraft owner.

Call or email Jet Partners now to book a flight or learn more about private jet charters.  We are on call 24/7 and can have you in there are within a few hours notice.

Dan Bilzerian Purchases Gulfstream IV Private Jet

Recently, Instagram superstar, professional poker player, actor and playboy Dan Bilzerian announced his purchase of a 1988 Gulfstream IV private jet.

“I told my Dad I bought this G4, he said ‘congratulations son, by your age I had 3’” was Dan’s caption on the picture he uploaded, showing his family is no stranger to Gulfstream Jets.

Although the aircraft is not brand new, Gulfstream IV heavy jets are known for holding their value and as you can see by the pictures below, this one has obviously been refurbished over the years.

Dan Bilzerian was a topic of our blog “#The CharterKings of Instagram” but now has stepped it up from Charter Customer to Aircraft Owner.

Below you can see pictures of his new private jet courtesy of JetNet:

Dan Bilzerian’s G IV Private Jet

Gulfstream IV Jet Owned By Dan Bilzerian

Dan Bilzerian's New Private Jet

Interior of Dan Bilzerian's G IV

Bathroom of Gulfstream IV Private Jet Owned by Dan Bilzerian

Interior of Dan Bilzerian's G IV Private Jet

 

Dan Bilzerian has Good Taste in Jets

Gulfsream IV jets are know as reliable, safe and spacious aircraft.  With a range of 4,200 miles + and seating for up to 20 passenger (depending on the configuration), the G IV will be the perfect aircraft for Mr. Bilzerian to travel with his entourage, mostly consisting of beautiful women who will undoubtedly be more than comfortable on an aircraft know for having spacious and luxurious accommodations.

It’s safe to say that his is one of the more interesting accounts on Instagram. Now with the acquisition of this Gulfstream, we expect even more private jet related photos to populate his news feed.  If the nature of his past postings are any indication of what’s to come, one can only imagine what kind of parties will be happening at 40,000 feet.

As an aircraft owner, Mr. Bilzerian will also have the option of hiring a flight attendant of his choice.  For the sake of his Instagram followers, which now number close to 5 million, we hope Dan will continue to upload more entertaining content.  This should be an easier feat as anyone who owns a Gulfstream or similar private jet knows, the world becomes a much smaller place when you have the ability to travel any place on the globe with little to no notice.

 Fly Like You Own a Jet

For those who don’t wish or need to own a jet, you can still travel as though you do.  Just as Dan Bilzerian had previously done, chartering a private jet offers all the same convenience without the associated costs or commitment of owning an aircraft.  Jet Partners offers on demand charters as well as Jet Cards in 25 hour increments.

For more information call +1 (866) 235-2852 or email info@jetpartners.aero  You can also click the following links to get an instant price quote with our “Instant Flight Pricing Tool” or find more information about our Private Jet Card Program.

We are available 24/7 to accommodate any and all of your private charter flight needs.

 

 

 

May 2nd 2015 Will Be the Greatest Sports Day of Our Lifetime

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Every year features that one special day packed with amazing sports events. This year, that day falls on May 2nd 2015, and there’s good reason to celebrate. If you don’t want to miss out on any of the following events, think about grabbing a chartered private jet flying an empty legs route for amazing luxury at the right price.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

Forget fight of the year, this one is being billed as the fight of the century. The match between Mayweather and Pacquiao has been in the works for over six years, and with a purse worth $200 million, the stakes couldn’t be higher. There’s no doubt that seats for this match are going to be one of the hottest tickets around, and a chartered jet will get you there in style. Stroll off the runway and into Vegas to see the action live, hear the crowd scream and watch history in the making. Grab an empty leg flight and you’ll be in Vegas in no time at all.

Go for Glory at the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2015

Last year’s Derby featured celebrities flying in from across the country to grab a coveted seat at this world-class event. Big bets will be made, winners will be crowned and high rollers will be on the edge of their seats as horses like International Star, American Pharaoh and Dortmund go for the glory. If you want to fly to this event in luxury, think about taking empty leg charter flights directly to Louisville.

Playoff Fever

The NHL playoffs should be into their second round by the time May 2 rolls around. As for the NBA, there were multiple game seven playoff games held on May 3 last year. This year, if any game goes to game seven, it will almost certainly fall on May 2. Grab a ticket and fly on over to catch the action.

Red Sox vs. Yankees

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The biggest rivalry in baseball explodes on May 2, with Yanks facing off against the Red Sox. The game will take place in Boston’s Fenway Park, and will almost certainly give the victor some serious bragging rights as the season rolls on. It’s one event baseball fans can’t miss.

See the NFL Draft

Sad the NFL season is over? With the third day of the NFL draft being held on May 2, there’s no reason you need to wait to get pumped for next season. Fly a private jet charter to the event in Chicago and watch to see if your favorite team nabs one of the best picks out there.

Ultimately, each event offers something special for sports fans. You may already have a ticket and your hotel booked, but when it comes to transportation, there’s nothing like cruising at 35,000 feet in a state-of-the-art luxury air charter.

The Most Expensive Private Jet In The World – Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Airbus A380

What if we told you that there was a fabulous private jet somewhere here on this Earth that contains an acoustically-correct concert hall, a stable to hold horses and camels, a two-Rolls Royce garage, a private steam room and spa, and flat screen televisions in the floor? You’d think we were exaggerating, wouldn’t you? Actually, we’re not. You may wish to return your seat to its upright position and fasten your safety belt before reading about the Airbus A380, which is now the largest and most expensive private jet aircraft in the world.

Airbus A380 Private Jet

According to a March 12, 2014 article in Wonderful Engineering online magazine, a 59-year-old Saudi prince recently acquired the world’s most outrageously expensive private jet. The lucky prince’s name is Al-Waleed bin Talal and he shelled out a reported $300 million for an 800-passenger Airbus A380 that is currently undergoing an additional $200 million or more in custom upgrades.

For the handsome son of Prince Talal and Mona Al Solh, coming up with half a billion bucks to buy his own private Airbus was an effortless task. After all, His Majesty owns the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the Savoy in London, the Four Seasons and the Plaza hotel in New York City. He also has holdings in Citibank, Twitter and News Corp. Prince Al-Waleed is accustomed to living the very good life and his 21st century version of a magical flying carpet from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights is clear evidence of that fortunate fact.

The Most Expensive Private Jet in The World

You don’t have to be royalty in order to enjoy the world-class luxury of a private jet charter, however. Jet Partners is pleased to offer the private charter of luxury jets that are prepared to take you anywhere you need to go for pleasure or for business. Do you need to leave at a moment’s notice, or are you the sort of traveler who prefers to plan ahead? Either way, call Jet Partners right now. If you want to know how to purchase private jet charter time by the hour, give us a call at +1 (866) 235-2852 or send your email inquiry to info@jetpartners.aero.

Trump and Aviation

President and Billionaire Donald Trump has a long history with Aviation and currently owns two private jets. This is not surprising given his net worth, and it is not something he has tried to keep a secret. In fact, if you were ever at the same airport as him you would know it. Much like his real estate, the Boeing 757-200 he owns is adorned with his last name ‘Trump’ in huge letters. He also owns a super mid-size jet Citation X, which is the fastest business jet on the market.

President Trump likely has more experience with private aviation than any other incoming Commander in Chief in history. It’s not that surprising that he has been very involved with Boeing and negotiations over the manufacture of the newest Air Force One. The Donald has voiced his concerns on Twitter about the cost of the aircraft. For security reasons, much of the technology that goes into Air Force One is kept secret and understandably so. Some people may be wondering if this would be the first AF1 with the President’s last name on the paint job? Will it be trimmed and fitted with gold all over the interior as his current Boeing jet is? Keep an eye on the future POTUS’ Twitter account, and you may find out.

While it is normal for the head of a large corporation to use private aircraft, one might say that Donald Trump is a bigger aviation buff than most. Combined with his campaign promises to keep manufacturing in the US can let us safely assume President Trump will be up to bat for the aviation industry. Aircraft manufacturers employ a great deal of people in the country. It will be interesting to see how the industry will benefit from Trump’s presidential term. Tax breaks are always expected when a Republican enters office and this Republican, we can assume, has many friends who own aircraft. Tax incentives for both ownership and manufacturing of aircraft passed on by Mr. Trump will ensure a prosperous future the aviation industry as a whole.

Why Jet Chartering Is Becoming A Better Option Than Jet Ownership

Private jets are expensive. That’s probably not news to you. But recently, even larger companies have begun feeling the squeeze of having their own fleet of private jets. General Electric – which had a revenue of $123.7 billion in 2016 – recently made the decision to sell most of their fleet of private aircraft.

GE has had a private flight department for over 75 years, but it’s downsizing dramatically. The company plans to hold onto one light jet, and take delivery of one more sometime next year. This is part of a larger effort by GE to eliminate “unnecessary expenses” to the tune of around $2 billion per year.

So why are large companies like GE turning to alternative private flying methods – such as fractional ownership or chartering – rather than jet ownership? Let’s get into the reasons now.

Jet Ownership Has Incredibly High Overhead Expenses

As you’re probably aware, buying a private jet for personal or business use is very expensive. Most private jets cost between $5-$50 million – but that’s only the beginning of the expenses.

You’ll need a flight crew, maintenance team, safety inspections, hangar space, fuel tanks – the list goes on and on. And you’ll need to pay for these things regardless of whether or not you’re flying your jet regularly.

Even General Electric – who often had executives flying as many as 250 hours on private aircraft per year – claim that they will see serious cost-savings by hiring out private jets and chartering flights, rather than owning their own fleet.

You Can Charter Aircraft When You Need Them

Private flights are all well-and-good – and often, an urgent business meeting or other critical matter will require a private, point-to-point chartered flight. Doing so can save quite a bit of money, and this is one of the approaches that General Electric has emphasized, post-downsizing of their corporate jet fleet.

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Corporate Jet Fleets Are Not Dead – But Alternatives Are Becoming More Appealing

With the increasing prevalence of “jet cards”, fractional ownership, and chartered private jet flights, the corporate jet fleet is becoming much less important. There are alternatives that promise significant monetary savings – while still offering a very similar private flight experience.

So while larger companies are not likely to get rid of all of their private jets anytime soon – even GE is hanging onto a couple – it seems that jet chartering is becoming a much more popular option.

Jet chartering offers serious monetary savings, great flexibility, and lower overhead costs, so we’re likely to see more companies than ever making use of modern private jet companies in the future.