From Swiss Luxury Watches to Swiss Luxury Aviation.
Our journey starts three hours away from the capital city of Swiss luxury watchmaking “Geneva” to take us to the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich. We arrive early in the morning in Switzerland largest airport, “Zurich International Airport” for the unveiling of the brand new “Embraer E190-E2” acquired by Helvetic Airways.
Helvetic Airways in a nutshell
Helvetic Airways has been providing to their happy customers a range of short and medium-haul flights across Europe with their base in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to its own scheduled flights, the airline uses its aircraft fleet for charter services and ‘wet leases’ under which it provides both the aircraft and its crew. Up to ten Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E1s are operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term wet-lease agreement. The Helvetic Airways workforce numbers some 450 employees.
A vision of the Future of Helvetic airways
With Helvetic Airways brand new acquisitions of twelve Embraer E190- E2 this Zurich based aircraft company are leading the way for a new era in commercial aviation.
We were honoured to be able to interview “Martin Ebner” Owner of Helvetic Airways and Helvetic Airways CEO Tobias Pogorevc. They both took the time out of their busy schedule to talk to us about this celebratory moment in the company history and share more insight into the future of this one of a kind aviation company.
Interview with Martin Ebner – Owner of Helvetic Airways
Interview with Tobias Pogorevc – CEO of Helvetic Airways.
A New Era in aviation
Helping the environment
The Helvetic Airways brand new Embraer E190- E2 significantly reduces carbon emissions and its impacts on the environment by improving it’s kerosene credentials with an impressive reduction in fuel consumption per seat of up to 17.3%. Which in turns reduces carbon emissions to almost 3,600 tonnes a year.
Passenger comfort onboard has also been enhanced. The cabin, which has no middle seats, has been red signed to create an interior that is more comfortable and offers more space and light and also offering a much quieter experience for the pleasure of the passengers.
First commercial flight
The new Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 will be deployed primarily to serve destinations within Europe on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines. HB-AZA will make its first commercial flight tomorrow (Friday 1 November), to Bremen in Germany.
Twelve orders, twelve options
Helvetic Airways announced its order of twelve E190-E2 aircraft from manufacturer Embraer, along with purchase rights for a further 12 aircraft, in July 2018. If all the options are exercised, the total transaction is worth almost USD 1.5 billion at list prices.
Following the arrival of the first Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2, registration HB-AZA, further new aircraft will join the fleet as deliveries continue, consolidating the company as a primary provider of European regional air services.
Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher
Produced by Alberic Virchaux
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Lamborghini Squadra Corse looks ahead to the future with two world previews presented during the World Finals in Jerez de la Frontera. A teaser foreshadows the new 12-cylinder hypercar that will debut in 2020, while the Urus ST-X will take to a circuit for the first time, driven by nine-time Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli.
Track only but no races for the super sports car developed by Squadra Corse and designed by the Centro Stile in Sant’Agata Bolognese. It will be produced in a limited edition, with aerodynamic and mechanical specifications designed to bring out the best of the iconic 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that delivers 830hp. The event previews a number of particularities of the car, including the large rear wing, the airscoop on the roof, and the racing front hood with dual air intakes.
The structure is composed of an aluminium front frame joined to the carbon fiber monocoque, designed to guarantee the highest standards of safety. To house the engine, a steel rollcage was created that maximizes the torsional and bending stiffness characteristics. The 6-speed sequential Xtrac transmission has a structural load-bearing function, with respect to the suspension compartment, the arms of which are directly connected to the gearbox, guaranteeing optimal kinematics and a significant improvement in the stiffness to weight ratio. The differential is an innovative mechanical self-locking type that allows the driver to adjust its preload dynamically to optimize driveability depending on the circuit and the conditions of the asphalt.
On the racetrack but also off-track, the Urus ST-X, the first Super SUV in the world of racing, is equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine and has a lighter structure. The front features a carbon fiber bonnet with supplementary air intakes and the rear is characterized by the carbon wing and the racing exhausts.
The body is dominated by the Verde Mantis (green) color typical of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, highlighted with red details; the cockpit, reinforced by a tubular roll-bar, features racing seats and a fire extinguishing system. The first race is scheduled during the 2020 World Finals in Misano Adriatico, when the winners of the four classes of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo will have the opportunity to challenge two- and four-wheel Motorsport celebrities on a special track.
Just in time for the holidays, Clay Lacy introduces three new Wi-Fi equipped aircraft for private jet charter to the New York market
Clay Lacy Aviation has added a 16-passenger, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER, a 16-passenger, long-range and fuel-efficient Dassault Falcon 7X tri-jet and the East Coast’s first Pilatus PC-24 midsize jet for charter to its Northeastern U.S. fleet.
All three aircraft are based at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), a short flight from Teterboro, White Plains, Farmingdale, Stewart, Newark and other local airports serving the greater New York City area.
All three jets are equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite phone and other desirable amenities. With cruising speeds approaching Mach 1, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER can quickly transport passengers up to 7,500 nautical miles in remarkable quiet and luxury.
The fast, richly featured Falcon 7X is ideal for transcontinental and transoceanic journeys. For destinations throughout much of the U.S. and Canada, including airports where other business jets cannot land, clients will appreciate this Pilatus PC-24, the first PC-24 available for charter in the Eastern U.S.
“Our clients throughout the Northeast can easily find the perfect jet for any journey,” said Veriar Collins-Jenkins, Vice President, Charter Services at Clay Lacy Aviation. “Whether their flight is regional, transatlantic or worldwide, our growing fleet can accommodate their business or personal travel needs in the latest, most modern jet aircraft.”
Gulfstream G650ER at Waterbury-Oxford Airport
Traveling up to Mach 0.925, this 16-passenger Gulfstream G650ER is the ultimate choice for worldwide jet charter. It sleeps nine in three double and three single beds. Since the G650ER offers the lowest pressurized cabin altitude of any business aircraft, passengers experience less fatigue, sleep better, and arrive refreshed.
In the cabin, leather executive chairs and divans are upholstered in shades of taupe and light gray, complemented by swirl-figured wood veneers in a sophisticated matte finish. The 16 cabin windows are the largest in the industry, bathing the spacious interior with natural light. Domestic and international high-speed streaming Wi-Fi and satellite phone maximize communications and the entertainment experience.
The fully equipped forward galley features a refrigerator, ice drawer and sink, oven and microwave, coffee pot and Nespresso maker. The forward and aft lavatories feature granite sinks. Other amenities include Airshow moving map, Apple TV connection, external cameras, three monitors and power outlets at every seat.
Falcon 7X at Waterbury-Oxford Airport
This fuel-efficient, 16-passenger Falcon 7X can travel 5,590 nautical miles at speeds up to Mach .80. The spacious, whisper-quiet cabin features beautiful tan leather executive chairs and divans, complemented by polished wood veneers and natural light throughout.
The divans convert to beds which sleep four in comfort. Passengers can stay entertained and in touch with domestic and international high-speed streaming Wi-Fi and a satellite phone. Other amenities include Airshow moving map, Bluetooth audio, two large monitors and power outlets throughout the cabin.
The full galley has conventional and microwave ovens, ice drawer, chiller and Nespresso coffeemaker. The aft passenger lavatory has a full vanity, and there is a forward lavatory for crew members.
Pilatus PC-24 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport
With a nonstop range 2,000 nautical miles, the Pilatus PC-24 is the only business jet that can operate from even unpaved surfaces as short as 2,930 feet. Onboard this PC-24, the airy cabin has six executive chairs, upholstered in light-gray leather, four of which convert to beds.
Tasteful, dark wood veneers add a further touch of elegance. Passengers will enjoy domestic high-speed Wi-Fi, international satellite phone, two iPads and Airshow moving map. Every seat has cabin environment controls, USB and power outlets.
Additional amenities include a refreshment center with chiller and coffee maker, as well as an enclosed lavatory with vanity.
Gulf Craft, the Emirates only superyacht builder, is entering the U.S. market for the first time with the debut of the Majesty 140 and Majesty 100 at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set to place from October 30-November 3, 2019.
Gulf Craft Majesty Yachts Chairman, Mohammed Hussain Alshaali said: “The efficiencies of our Emirates based manufacturing facility and diversified culture enable us to introduce a very high-quality product to the U.S. market with savings of as much as 20 percent compared to currently available competitive yacht offerings,”
The company’s vertically integrated build methodology enables Gulf Craft to provide outstanding quality, craftmanship and personalization with the attractive benefit of timely delivery.
Designed to create a “oneness with the sea,” the yachts are distinguished by expansive deck areas and large indoor/outdoor flybridges; extendable balconies; fully equipped water sports garages; and beach clubs, where guests can be closer to the water. Spacious salons and generous entertainment areas framed by walls of seamless windows carry the feeling of openness to the interior, making it a signature feature of all Gulf Craft Majesty Yachts.
Greg Terraglio, Managing Partner, Majesty Yachts USA said: “We are extremely encouraged by the response that Gulf Craft Majesty Yachts has already received. Even before the formal U.S. launch we have secured commitments for the sale of both a Majesty 140 and Majesty 100.”
The Majesty 140 features extensive glass side windows that draw in the sunlight and offer stunning panoramic views. The tri-deck superyacht features an opulently finished main deck, full beam owner’s stateroom with sweeping views, a private extendable balcony and en-suite featuring a jacuzzi tub.
The Majesty 140 is a collaboration between the shipyard’s in-house Design Studio and the Cristiano Gatto Design Team which was responsible for the interior design.
At 398 gross tons, the Majesty 140 is built under Bureau Veritas classification requirements in compliance to LY3 / MCA Cayman Island registry. Powered by twin MTU 16V 2,600hp engines, the yacht is capable of a top speed of 20 knots and cruises comfortably at 16 knots. It boasts an extended range of 4,750nm at 10 knots. Five Majesty 140 yachts have been sold since its introduction at the 2018 Dubai International Boat Show.
The Majesty 140 was recently awarded the Best Interior Design at the 18th edition of the World Yachts Trophies at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019 for Best Semi-Displacement or Planning Motor Yachts from 30-50m. In 2018, the Majesty 140 was also awarded “Best Yacht Layout” at the World Yacht Trophies in Cannes.
The Swiss Luxury Apartments are located just two minutes’ walk from Lake Geneva and the world-famous Jet d’Eau right at the heart of the business district and in easy reach of numerous restaurants, stylish hotels and the city’s vibrant nightlife.
The exclusive, fully air-conditioned Swiss Luxury Apartments are housed in a historical building in the Center of Geneva which was once the home of Simon Wedgwood.
Beautifully renovated contemporary apartments offering the latest high-tech facilities and some pretty unusual luxuries to make your stay almost better than home!
Global demand for the skills of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have soared to new levels. By way of example, a trio of magnificent Rolls-Royce Phantoms are the latest Bespoke creations to leave the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. These handcrafted masterpieces demonstrate the individual tastes and exacting requirements of Rolls-Royce patrons worldwide. Architectural design cues influence interior aesthetics, while rich cultural diversity together with expansive narratives inform Bespoke creations.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “Our Bespoke designers masterfully translate global taste patterns into works of art, moving beyond automotive conventions to redefine the possibilities of luxury craft. These are three very different Phantoms, each illustrating the extraordinary breadth of Bespoke personalisation available to patrons of our marque.”
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, a group of designers, artisans, craftspeople and engineers residing at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood-based Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, are tasked with bringing patrons’ creative ideas to life. Demand on their services has been continually rising and today, Rolls-Royce Bespoke requests have reached unprecedented new levels. Patrons of the marque yearn to surround themselves in perfectly appointed, personally curated statements of true luxury.
The quest to push creative boundaries and advance new technologies ensures the marque continuously elevates these clients’ expectations. Rich stories are told across large swathes of sumptuous exterior and interior surfaces, whilst at the heart of Phantom, the innovative Gallery – a central stage presented behind glass – offers patrons the opportunity to exhibit unique and personal works of art and design, in their car.
John Beckley, Head of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, commented, “Our Bespoke division is working tirelessly to fulfil customer demand. Never before have we seen such levels of demand for Bespoke personalisation. These three Phantoms have taken several years to bring to fruition and are a true reflection of our Bespoke Collective’s extraordinary skill in interpreting and realising our clients’ visions.”
Rolls-Royce Phantom is a barometer for the tastes and whims of some of the world’s most dynamic and prosperous individuals. Now in its eighth generation, Phantom has been bestowed with many of the most ornate and fanciful designs ever envisaged, becoming a flagship for artisanal craftsmanship across the luxury world.
Rolls-Royce designers are compelled to travel the world, seeking new and inspiring influences that stimulate the world’s elite. As such, a designer from the Home of Rolls-Royce travelled to La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland to meet with master horologists to understand the complexities and exotic movements of contemporary timepieces. These precious and rare items are commonly found amongst the collections of Rolls-Royce patrons, and as such, intrigue and beguile the marque’s Bespoke division.
The Horology Phantom is touched with elements redolent of fine timepieces. Gold and Silver hues set against the Gunmetal lower and Black upper two-tone exterior paint hint at the holistic theme of this motor car. A gold and silver coloured hand-painted twinned coachline incorporates an intricate watch inspired design, whilst the Spirit of Ecstasy, the figurine that has graced the bonnets of Rolls-Royce motor cars for over a century, is cloaked in 24-carat gold.
Inside, one’s eye is drawn to the fascia, where the largest stainless steel and gold inlay ever made for Phantom is proudly presented. Positioned below a multiple layered stainless steel Gallery, in itself a reference to the many layers of precious metals found in a watch complication, the inlay depicts an abstract schematic of a watch movement. The Rolls-Royce clock, prominently housed in the Gallery, is set in a solid silver, guilloché case.
Digital Soul Phantom
Digital Soul Phantom is a study in contemporary artisanship; a fusion of human endeavour and computer-generated design. The result is a motor car that speaks of ultimate personalisation, a celebration of harnessing technology to render an artwork that is entirely unique.
The Phantom’s two-tone exterior colourway of Carrara White upper and Smokey Quartz lower is embellished with a gold coachline and gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, establishing an immediate presence. The interior design echoes this colourway, Seashell and Dark Spice leathers are accentuated with gold stitching and monograms depicting the ‘RR’ emblem, but the Gallery is undoubtedly the nexus. Created in collaboration with Munich based Product Designer Thorsten Franck, the Gallery portrays an individual’s characteristics in a unique algorithm.
Data is transcribed using the art of 3D printing, forming the largest piece of 3D printed stainless steel ever featured in a production car. This stainless steel has been plated in nearly 50g of 24-carat gold, creating a unique work for the Gallery that enters the realms of jewellery, sculpture and design.
The Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce have furthered the gold detailing to incorporate key areas of Phantom’s interior. Taking over three months to develop, gold inlays were aligned using the world’s most powerful visual tool, the human eye, and set by hand in Smoked Eucalyptus wood on Phantom’s rear doors and picnic tables. Gold plated speaker grilles conclude the aesthetic.
Arabian Gulf Phantom
The Middle Eastern region offers many inspiring points for creative stimulation. From daring contemporary architecture to ornate traditional crafts, inspiration is in abundance.
Arabian Gulf Phantom adopts the rich colours and historical narrative of pearl diving in the Middle East. The Turchese exterior hue is evocative of the vibrant local waters, while the Andalusian White upper two-tone recalls the purity of natural pearls, alluding to the story within. An Arctic White coachline introduces a hand-painted Nautilus shell motif that is artistically embedded into the fabric of the motor car’s interior design.
On opening the coach doors, the Gallery prominently portrays a sense of movement, inspired by swelling oceans. The artwork, a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and British artist Helen Amy Murray, encapsulates the very essence of the motor car. A Mother of Pearl clock punctuates the vibrant Turchese Gallery, providing the perfect counterpoint to it’s sculptural aesthetic. The silk appliqué lines flow through the Gallery as though cradling the precious mineral stones of the clock.
On reclining in the rear compartment and familiarising oneself with the luxurious surrounds, a tone-on-tone embroidered Nautilus shell becomes apparent on Phantom’s rear doors. One also encounters the elegant Nautilus shell motif in delicate Mother of Pearl marquetry, on the picnic tables’ fascia. Once deployed, the picnic tables provide a sense of delightful theatre. A supremely complex piece of marquetry incorporating generously applied Mother of Pearl is revealed on the picnic table-top, presented as though a hidden artwork is being discovered.
A large swathe of colour matched Turchese leather sweeps across Phantom’s expansive roof, enveloping the occupant in an atmospheric cocoon, punctuated by the coveted starlight headliner consisting of 1,344 hand-woven fibre optic lights.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today introduced its new flagship, the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry, the Gulfstream G700TM. The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.
Gulfstream announced the G700 on the eve of the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas. During the event, Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.
“The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed,” said Burns. “This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products. Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”
The G700 heralds a new era for Gulfstream, building on the company’s decades-long investment in research and development and ensuing successes. The aircraft boasts the tallest, widest and longest cabin in the industry with leading range and speed capabilities. The G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.
The all-new cabin on the G700 allows customers to extend their personal and professional lifestyle to their aircraft. With up to five living areas, the G700 offers an extra-large ultragalley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment; a six-place dining or conference room; and a master suite with shower. The Gulfstream Cabin Experience promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.
“Gulfstream has a long tradition of listening to our customers, and the G700 cabin is the evolution of that collaboration,” said Burns. “Customers shared how much they value flexibility and comfort in the cabin, all without compromising the speed and range advantages they have come to expect from Gulfstream. The G700 delivers all that and more.”
The aircraft also offers a range of cabin amenities that revolutionize the benefits of business-jet travel, including the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.
Safety And Performance
The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System. The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.
All-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines power the G700 and, along with newly designed Gulfstream winglets, ensure the aircraft achieves high performance capabilities with its larger cabin. The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.
The ability to fly at faster speeds (Mach 0.90 versus Mach 0.80) gives customers more time, lower annual expenses for maintenance, parts and services, and shorter crew days for safer operations.
In preparation for first flight, Gulfstream has already accomplished nearly 14,000 hours of lab testing in its integration- and cabin-test facilities, Systems Integration Bench and Iron Bird. The company has successfully completed ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight.
The G700 flight-test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway.
Gulfstream anticipates G700 customer deliveries in 2022.