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RIVIERA & MONACO
Cannes Mandelieu, the 2nd most important general aviation airport in France, is a dynamic platform that is highly attentive to customer needs and offers every convenience: high safety standards, rapid passenger handling, free parking in the immediate vicinity of the terminal, tailored services, and a polished welcome that is both friendy and professional.
A sunny climate, the beauty of the scenery set between the sea and the mountains, the luxury hotels and festivals, the Sophia Antipolis science park and a strategic geographical position in the Mediterranean basin… these are the assets that make the Côte d’Azur a key destination for both business travellers and those who simply want to enjoy its wonderful living conditions.
Nestled between the Estérel massif, the bay of Cannes and the Grasse region, Cannes Mandelieu Airport offers an exceptional gateway to the mythical French Riviera, from Saint-Tropez to the Principality of Monaco.
Complementing Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, more specifically dedicated to regular commercial flights, Cannes Mandelieu Airport focuses more on general tourist and business aviation.
INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE AVIATION
There were 672 new private jets sold in 2012, a sales dip of 3.4% from 2011. Overall, 11,261 private jets were registered for use in the United States, and 7,997 in the rest of the world.
The US makes up 49.7% of the world market for private jets; Europe 20.8%; Asia Pacific 11.8%; Latin and South America 11.6%; Africa and the Middle East: 6.1%.
The biggest event for private jet travel is the Super Bowl; this year, over six hundred private aircraft flew into New Orleans Lakefront Airport for Super Bowl XLVII (typical weekend traffic at the airport is just 125 landings). Other top events include the Masters Golf Tournament and Art Basel Miami Beach.
The average cost to charter a Gulfstream 550 for a single hour is $8,640. That’s enough money to buy 74 round-trip tickets for travel between New York and Washington, D.C on Jet Blue.
The world’s most expensive private jet, an Airbus A380 owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, has an estimated cost over $500 million. Some of the special features of the jet include a two-car garage, a stable for horses and camels, and a prayer room that rotates so it always faces Mecca.
Bombardier’s Global 8000, one of the longest range private jets on the market, can go 7,900 nautical miles on a single tank of gas, flying at Mach 0.85 with 8 passengers. With a fuel capacity of 48,950 lbs, it costs approximately $53,000 to fill the tank.
In 2012, NetJets logged more than 300,000 flight hours across its fleet –more than 35 years in the air. The total distance logged, 110,585,785 nautical miles, is equivalent to 266.2 round trips to the moon.✈ Celebrities who have their own jets include Oprah Winfrey (Bombardier Global Express XRS), Jackie Chan (Embraer Legacy 650), and Jay-Z (Bombardier Challenger 850). Some celebs even fly the plane themselves, like Tom Cruise (Gulfstream IV), Jimmy Buffett (Dassault Falcon 900), and John Travolta. Travolta owns eleven jets, including a Boeing 707, and is the official “Ambassador-at-Large” for Qantas Airlines.
The maximum headroom on a Dassault Falcon 7X is six feet, two inches. That means the tallest player in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet, is about thirteen inches too tall — he’ll have to bend over as he walks down the aisle of the plane.
Thirty percent of current private jet owners say they’ll purchase a new jet in the next five years. Over 10,000 new business jets are expected to be delivered in the next ten years, at a cumulative value of $250 billion.
Amount NetJets spent in 2012 to acquire 425 jets, the largest deal in private aviation history: $9.6 billion
In 2012, fractional ownership and jet rental company NetJets logged more than 300,000 flight hours across its fleet — more than 35 years in the air. The total distance logged, 110,585,785 nautical miles, is equivalent to 266.2 round trips to the moon.
24-carat gold-plated features on Donald Trump’s private Boeing 757 include seat recline buttons, safety belt hardware, power outlet covers, faucet handles and sink basins.
Top airport for international departures in the United States: Teterboro Airport, New Jersey
Top airport for international departures in Europe: Vnukovo International Airport, Russia