Investment mogul Warren Buffett, who in 1989 named his Bombardier Challenger 600 “The Indefensible” but later renamed the jet “The Indispensable” still believes that aircraft are valuable business tools even in light of the current economy.
Directional Capital and Resilience Capital Partners have increased their financial stake in fractional-share operator Flight Options and now own a majority of the company. Members of Flight Options’ management team also participated in the new investment. Directional Capital is headed by Kenn Ricci, chairman of Flight Options and also the company’s founder.
Following a trend that began three months ago, the UBS Business Jet Market Index moved up again this month, signaling that used jet sales may be on a rebound. Although the index is still in negative territory, this “reflects a slower pace of deterioration,” according to the UBS Business Jet Survey released yesterday.
UBS Market Research’s latest snapshot of the business jet market shows continued incremental deterioration in market conditions in February, although at a slower pace than in the November-to-January time frame. The depressed market conditions are being caused by “way too much” pre-owned inventory for sale, falling pricing and tight financing, the firm said.
The sentiment expressed by the world’s two big airliner manufacturers seem increasingly out of line with the reality perceived by the financial community when it comes to airlines’ ability to fund aircraft deliveries this year, according to some of the industry’s most prominent analysts.
On Monday, JetDirect Aviation and JDA Acquisition Company (JDAAC) solidified an agreement for JDAAC’s purchase of JetDirect’s assets.
UBS Market Research’s latest snapshot of the business jet market shows continued incremental deterioration in market conditions last month, although at a slower pace than in the November-to-January time frame.
When Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett bought a Bombardier Challenger 600 twenty years ago, he named the large-cabin business jet The Indefensible because of his past criticisms of such purchases by other CEOs. However, after the investment guru used the jet, he realized its value as a business tool and later renamed it The Indispensable.
UBS Investment Research’s January 6 business jet update indicates that flight activity, measured by takeoffs and landings, was 10 percent lower in November on
Business jet flight activity last month fell 19 percent from the same period a year earlier, although that was better than November’s 25-percent drop-off, according to a business jet market report issued this morning by UBS Investment Research. Flight activity for the entire year was off nearly 12 percent compared with 2007. About 86 percent of the flights UBS tracked last month were U.S. domestic flights and the remainder was international.