Challenger 300: Sourcing And Customizing A Unique Aircraft

April 14, 2017  |  Aviation, David Gould, Private Aviation

In the small but rarified world of private aviation, the customer-supplier relationship can sometimes feel more like a partnership, or a meeting of the minds. XOJET, which owns and operates the Bombardier Challenger 300 within its floating charter fleet of super mid-size private jets, has a feel and affinity for this universally admired aircraft that is not so different from the manufacturer’s.  

To understand more about the making of a Challenger 300, I spoke with Bombardier’s industrial design manager Timothy Fagan, a 17-year veteran of the company’s design-engineering group, and asked him just how the customization process for XOJET unfolds.

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Watching a Bombardier Challenger 300 climb toward 41,000 feet and a cruising speed of 520 miles per hour, you’re likely to think of all the high-tech engineering that powers it in flight. But those aboard the jet are likely to be focused on its high-end interior finishes, made predominantly of leather and wood.

Sourced from European tanneries that serve high-end furniture manufacturers, the luxuriant leathers found on a Challenger 300 are customized for color, texture, grain pattern, and other subtle features. Upholstering the cabin walls as well as the seating, they help create a first impression that soothes and gratifies any boarding passenger. The best steer hides are used, matched with expensive dyes to create a warm look enhanced by deep and uniform colors.

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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.

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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

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XOJET’s Guide to the Masters

March 23, 2017  |  Events, Katie McElveen, Ron Kroichick

By Ron Kroichick, Sports Columnist/Feature Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle

Augusta National

Let’s face it: The Masters almost never disappoints.

This stretches beyond, say, the 1997 edition, when young Tiger Woods made history with his landmark victory. Consider five years ago, when Bubba Watson memorably curved a shot out of the forest to prevail in a playoff.

Or two years ago, when Jordan Spieth – not quite as young as Woods in ’97, but close – launched his riveting run at the Grand Slam. Or the year after, when Spieth collapsed on the back nine on Sunday and unheralded Englishman Danny Willett slipped his arms into the green jacket.

Few marquee sporting events perpetually produce great theater the way the Masters does, and XOJET can take you there – right to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, only 13 miles from the course.

Anticipation for the Masters builds all winter, as golf slowly emerges from hibernation and winds its way to the azaleas and pines of eastern Georgia. Augusta National is part of the tournament’s allure, not only for the picturesque setting but also for the cool, thrill-seeking stage it provides.

The course favors power hitters and those with creativity around the greens. Augusta also lends itself to final-round excitement, with two reachable par-5s (Nos. 13 and 15) and a potential birdie hole (No. 16) coming down the stretch.

There also are plenty of treacherous holes, as Spieth learned all too well last year. But the magic of the Masters, set for April 6-9 this year, includes a powerful sense of history. These are the same fairways Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson once walked … and Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus … and Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Now, here in 2017, who will win the year’s first major?

If you’re traveling to Augusta, this all-encompassing guide will help you find out in style:

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March Madness: A Game Plan with XOJET

March 15, 2017  |  Events, Ron Kroichick

XOJET March Madness 2017

March Madness resonates with American sports fans because it’s authentic. Just picture the faces of college basketball players if their “bubble team” is selected for the NCAA Tournament – a captivating mix of wonder, exhilaration, and sheer joy.

Then the games begin, and so does the theater.

This year’s journey culminates April 1 and 3 with the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. But the road to the desert begins in nine scattered cities March 16-19 and advances through four more venues March 23-26.

Along the way, the customary drama will unfold, from epic upsets to improbable, last-second shots. Every tournament matchup carries a distinctive brand of urgency—akin to Game 7 of an NBA playoff series—and XOJET follows suit to offer seamless private charters to every single game from 1 to 67 (see below for a full list of host cities, including recommended airports).

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Thirty-Six Hours in Telluride

elluride Ski Resort | Brett Schreckengost

Photo: Telluride Ski Resort | Brett Schreckengost

There are many reasons to fly private, but one of our favorites is the easy access it offers to destinations that are often considered difficult to reach.

Like Telluride, Colorado.

Set within a glacier-carved box canyon 360 miles from Denver, Telluride gives us everything we want in an alpine destination: dramatic scenery, tremendous skiing with no lift lines, a walkable downtown, and a sprinkling of celebrities, all wrapped up within the rocky peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

Here’s how we spend three perfect days in this winter wonderland.

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State of the Business 2017 by Chairman & CEO, Brad Stewart

February 16, 2017  |  XOJET

CEO Update

2016 marked the fourth year that I have been XOJET’s CEO, and this past year has most definitely been the most rewarding of my tenure. Our team performed brilliantly and our client community flourished like never before. XOJET has now become the company that we all imagined it could be, a true industry leader.

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XOJET’S Super Bowl Guide to Houston

January 23, 2017  |  Events, Gary Walther

Here at XOJET we have to hand it to Houston. From Sam to Whitney to Tom (“Houston, we have a problem”), the city has cemented its place in American culture despite sharing the stage with other great performers: Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, and New Orleans.

This year it steals the stage as the host of Super Bowl 51, actually the 50th anniversary of the original Super Bowl. The city knows its Super Bowl stuff, having hosted the game in 1974 and 2004.

Whichever team wins, you win by chartering XOJET—which flies you in and out with ease, style, and comfort. Here is your playbook for the days in-between.

XOJET Challenger 300 Engine

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XOJET Partners with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

January 17, 2017  |  XOJET Partnerships

As a pioneer in on-demand private aviation, we strive to provide the highest levels of client service at every point of the travel experience. And now, thanks to an exclusive partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, that five-star service will continue upon arrival at your final destination.

Today, we are thrilled to unveil our first global hotel partnership which allows Preferred Access and Elite Access program clients to enjoy privileges, including VIP status and the opportunity to upgrade accommodations, when staying at any Mandarin Oriental property.  Additional amenities will also be available during the stay, in keeping with Mandarin Oriental’s distinguished service.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Exterior in Marrakech, Morocco

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Behind the Scenes at the New San Francisco MOMA

January 12, 2017  |  Art, Gary Walther, San Francisco

SFMOMA - San Francisco, CA Museum of Modern Art Exterior
Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

Staying in the loop is easy when you have daily flights touching down in virtually every major city across America. But nowhere are we more connected to happenings on the ground than San Francisco, where XOJET was born, raised, and molded amid a burgeoning start-up culture brimming with technology and innovation.

“San Francisco is the perfect home base for us,” says Brad Stewart, XOJET President and CEO. “We’re honored to be a part of this forward-thinking community and constantly gain inspiration from the city around us.”

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