#XOxUPLIFTSERIES: Seasoned Pilots, Prized Possessions, & Spectacular Photos

#XOxUPLIFTSERIES | Seasoned Pilots, Prized Possessions & Spectacular Photos

Our latest edition of the #XOxUPLIFTSERIES features Captain Kurt and First Officer Jim, two of our over 170 talented and world-class pilots. These two individuals make their way onto the XOJET Blog for winning our latest pilot photo contest, an internal competition designed to bring you more behind-the-scenes content of our people and the beautiful destinations we frequent.

Captain Kurt, an 11-year XOJET veteran, and First Officer Jim, a newly-inducted XOJET pilot, share a few things in common: capturing spectacular photos, valuing their most prized possessions, and their love of XOJET.

Read on to meet Captain Kurt and First Officer Jim.

Glimpse of Total Solar Eclipse at 34,000 Feet

Hours before the total solar eclipse, the XOJET team had the pleasure of joining Captain Jonathan and First Officer Austin in our spacious Challenger 300 for a special trip to Redmond, Oregon to bring our fans a first-hand glimpse of this special show. Here’s what we experienced:

XOJET’s Guide to the 2017 NBA Finals

May 31, 2017  |  Events, Private Jet Charter

NBA Finals Guide

Any time the conversation includes Magic Johnson and Larry Bird – with a splash of Michael Jordan, for good measure – you’re floating in a lofty basketball realm.

Hence why these 2017 NBA Finals feature more than another captivating clash between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Another duel between Stephen Curry and LeBron James. Another dose of Kyrie Irving zooming to the basket, plus the fresh intrigue of Kevin Durant playing in his first Finals with the Warriors.

There’s an extra layer of hoops history involved, and that’s what makes the impending series, starting Thursday night (June 1st), one of the most highly anticipated Finals in years.

Here’s history: This is the first time ever the same teams have met in the NBA Finals in three consecutive years. Warriors-Cavs counts as a tantalizing matchup reminiscent of the memorable 1980s tussles between Magic and Bird, the transcendent stars of their generation. Those Lakers and Celtics played each other in the Finals three times in a four-year span (1984, ’85, and ’87).

A Guide to Choosing the Right Jet for Your Mission

One of the primary advantages of flying XOJET (and flying smart) is the complete control our clients have over aircraft selection. Unlike fractional owners who are locked into one class of aircraft, you as an XOJET client can choose between dozens of modern jets through out Preferred Partner Network—including turboprop, light, mid-size, super mid-size, and heavy jets—specifically tailored to the distance, speed, cabin, and storage space required for your trip.

To help you decide which aircraft is best suited for your missions in 2017, here is our high-level guide to select options available within XOJET’s owned and extended fleet. Welcome aboard.

Turboprops

Suitable Routes:
Los Angeles > Las Vegas
New York > Boston
San Juan > St Barths
San Francisco > Los Angeles

King Air 350

Exterior View of a King Air 350 at an FBO

Range: 2,077 miles
High Cruise Speed: 360 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,300 feet
Landing Distance: 2,692 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,731 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 35,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 416 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 71 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: With available seating up to 11, the King Air 350 sets the class standard for comfortable cabins—featuring luxurious seating, noise-dampening ride technology, and luminous natural lighting thanks to large, rounded windows. It’s the cabin you’d expect from a jet aircraft.

What You Need to Know: Though still a turboprop aircraft, the larger King Air 350 is more comparable to light jets than the PC-12. Positioned as such, the 350 offers style, comfort, and small-jet versatility for an operational cost vastly lower than its competitors. A proven classic since its first model in 1974, we recommend it as a more fuel-efficient, economical option for both business commuters and leisure travelers flying short-to-mid-range distances—and those who want a faster, more luxurious aircraft than the PC-12.
To help you decide which aircraft is best suited for your missions in 2017, here is our high-level guide to select options available within XOJET’s fleet. Welcome aboard.

Five Destinations You Can Only Reach by Private Jet

Besides comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge efficiency, flying private opens the gates to a multitude of hard-to-reach destinations.

Below is the crème de la crème of those destinations—not just difficult to reach, but quite literally impossible when flying directly on anything but a private jet or charter. Meaning, if you’re looking for a luxurious destination for your next vacation with XOJET, look no further.

Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Photo Credit: Four Seasons

XOJET Partners with Etihad Airways to Provide Exclusive Travel Benefits

Today, we are embarking on a private-commercial partnership that breaks new ground for ultra-high-net-worth flyers traveling internationally from leading private jet brand to leading international airline, Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways A380

The Art of Dressing for Art Basel: 3 Experts Give Their Take

November 20, 2016  |  Art, Events, Hayley Phelan, Private Jet Charter

Every year at the beginning of December, a new swarm of fashionable jetsetters descends on the city of Miami. We’re not just talking of sun-starved beachgoers fleeing winter for South Beach, but instead the thousands of art world insiders, collectors, and artists who flock to Miami for Art Basel, one of the most important art fairs of the year.

Art Basel is always quite the feast for the eyes, and the art isn’t half-bad either. However, just as entertaining—and inspiring—as the masterpieces on the wall, are those walking about the fair and sipping Champagne at the after-parties. So now the challenge, if you’re flying XOJET in the direction of Miami Beach, is what to wear?

While you’ll certainly want to blend in with those well-dressed hordes, you’ll also want to stay relatively comfortable. We spoke with three Basel-bound style experts, including artist Jenna Pietrobon, stylist Ian Bradley, and gallerist Leila Greiche, for tips on how to pull off the ultimate Basel look.

What to Wear…for the Preview Day

What to wear for Art Basel Preview Day

XOJET and JetSmarter Announce Strategic Digital Alliance to Create Unparalleled Suite of Private Jet Solutions

At XOJET we aim to provide clients with the best in private jet solutions, and it is that core value that led us to JetSmarter, the world’s largest mobile marketplace for private jets and a company that shares our mission.

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with JetSmarter, which strategically combines XOJET’s fleet of super mid-size jets and exceptional service with JetSmarter’s digital distribution channel to provide an unmatched suite of private jet solutions.

Man Walking Towards XOJET airplane - JetSmarter Partnership

Picture Perfect Pleasures: Costa Rica

September 2, 2014  |  Private Jet Charter

Find yourself admiring the jewel of Central America, waking up to the exotic sights and sounds of its pristine jungles – immersing you deep in its natural playground. This special country will not fail to charm you after a visit to Volcan Arenal, a relaxing dip in Tabacon hot springs, and 18-holes at a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course—all surrounded by lush landscapes and beach towns. Where to next? With our luxury partner Butterfield & Robinson, we are heading to Costa Rica this travel season starting with our favorite…

Q&A with Nora Jacobsen, XOJET Challenger 300 co-pilot

In honor of the 2013 Women in Aviation Conference, the XOJET Blog has been running a series of profiles of some of the great women who work at XOJET. We recently spoke with Nora Jacobsen, who stopped by XOJET’s booth at the 2012 conference and ended up joining us in July 2012—a month after retiring from a 20-year career as a U.S. Navy pilot. She’s now a co-pilot on the XOJET Challenger 300 super-mid-size jet.

XOJET Blog: Talk about your role at XOJET and what your responsibilities are.

Nora: I’m a co-pilot…