Monday, October 31, 2011

Ford attempts to resurrect the 60′s, brings back Mustang

As we all know, there is nothing quite like the Ford Mustang.  It’s a fuel injected mechanized manifesto that stands testament to the history of America’s awesomeness.  When the world calls into question our swagger, we need only to point to the harnessed high end horsepower stallion developed by Ford Motors back in 1964.  The Mustang is the beast of the western automotive world and it is so because it has proven time and time again to uphold the justifiable gaudy nature of our American taste.  It’s stylized, it’s loud and above all, it’s fast.  Currently, the Ford Mustang is in it’s fifth generation redesign since the first model of the car back in 1964.  While she may look, sound and act different, she has continued to rein as the coveted sweetheart of good old fashion car crazy Americans.  Recognizing this, Ford Motors has recently announced they will be reproducing the original first generation model of the 1965 Mustang.  Well, sort of anyway.
According to an article in Yahoo Autos over the weekend, Ford has been working carefully to develop their retro sides.  Either that, or they want to bring modern society back into the 60′s.  In an attempt to reward their relationship with their loyal customers and fanatics, Ford has slapped an approval on a new stamping for the steel bodies of the first generation Ford Mustang and it will only cost $15,000.  This is great news for classic or muscle car lovers.  The even better part is that you’ll be able to put your own engine, interior and axels of your choice into it.  No, seriously, you have to put it together yourself.  Ford may be making the body of the classic car, but they’re leaving the rest up to the consumers.
While this news is both exciting and deflating at the same time, you should take comfort in the fact that not only is there enough reproduced parts for the first generation Mustang model, but it is that way because it is America’s most restored vehicle.  Finding the parts to build your life sized version of the scaled toy model of the life sized version of the 65′ Mustang is the easiest part of the process.  The esembly will be the tricky part, but Ford has a hunch, this news will infest the dreams and desires of every engine-specific fanboy of the beloved pony car series.
Since Ford has announced they will be developing a new Mustang generation for 2014 and that the concept of which will not be taken from the old ghosts of Mustangs past, it seems only fitting that they would put the original model back into the market.  Assumable, if someone were going to invest in a new model, it would run them upward of $23,000 at a base level.  For perhaps the same price, they could invest in a project that has them riding in a  sleek classic with the piston-pumping heart of an infant.  That may be something Ford hopes will drive in new sales.  The idea of another option for future Mustang owners.  Since they already have the 1967-1970 bodies available to the public, it appears as if they want to appeal to the nostalgia of their clientele.  Either way, the world rejoices.
Tyler Baker; OSM Writer
( Source : Yahoo! Autos )

Friday, October 28, 2011

SAAB WATCH 2011...The Saga Continues!

10/28/11 – In a stunning turn in the SAAB WATCH 2011 saga, Saab Automotive announced early Friday that the company would be sold for $142 million to Chinese industry investors Pang Da Automotive Trade Co. and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automotive Co. Ironically, these are the same parties that Swedish Automotives rejected handing over the Saab reigns to late last week. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, this week, they have not only agreed to give up controlling interest in the troubled 60-year company, but to sell off the entire brand in a 60/40 split (60% to Youngman and 40% to Pang Da). It is still unclear as to how much current Saab Chairman, Victor Muller, will be involved in the future of the Swedish automotive manufacturer, but one has to think any high ranking suit in the Saab infrastructural will be replaced by a Chinese counterpart.
Saab was on the final day before they could possibly lose their creditor protection (equivalent to declaring bankruptcy) and had already pulled the plug on their restructuring process due to lack of funds. It seemed bleak that they would bounce back after refusing the original July deal with Chinese investors for a reported $245 million in loans and funds in exchange for 54% stake in the company. The Chinese held out, weighing their options, something Saab ran out of as time elapsed. When Saab realized the Chinese funding was being re-evaluated and the Chinese wanted to take complete control, the board publicly killed the deal between them. They were afraid the Saab name would be lost if sold overseas. Now it appears that Saab has been so backed up into the corner that they had no other choice but to sell. The two Chinese companies will now invest a higher price than the $245 million the original deal was for according to Mr. Muller, but the $142 million will buy out the currently issued stock held by Saab investors.
According to WSJ, Swedish Automobile (then called Spyker Cars NV) purchased Saab from GM in February 2010 for a price tag of $74 million. It claimed Saab would turn a profit by 2012, but instead, in 2012 Saab will have it’s third owner in three years. While the deal is still subject to approval by a slew of parties including GM and Chinese authorities, this is still the most comforting news for Saab in seven months filled with litigation, speculation and legal actions. It also stands out for the Chinese Automotive industry, which has been aggressively shopping for Western manufacturers to expand their international reach. Unfortunately, they have had little success. Besides Volvo, which was bought by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. from Ford Motors last year, Saab will only be the second purchase of a foreign manufacturer by a Chinese based auto maker.
A memorendum of understanding has been signed between the two Chinese investors and Swedish Automobile and will be valid until November 15 of this year. This, however, will need to go through Saab’s laundry list of creditors who must approve the purposed reorganization process. They meet on Monday of next week to discuss the takeover. Until then, Saab is still in the woods, but a the clearing seems to be just ahead. Check in again with One Stop Motors as we continue our coverage of SAAB WATCH 2011 and feel free to visit us at www.OneStopMotors.com.
Tyler Baker; OSM Writer

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SAAB WATCH 2011!

If you’ve been following along with One Stop Motors as we’ve covered breaking news regarding the ongoing state of emergency at Saab Automotives (if so, respect), then you know Saab is standing at the edge of the financial plank, looking down. As the situation progresses, it appears as if the 70 year old company can’t catch a break. Still, the boardroom shuffle and court mandated drama has made Saab’s monitory misfortunes an entertaining spectacle for the world to watch. In honor of Saab’s constant grind between life or death and our unhealthy adore for a good news blizzard we at One Stop Motors are proud to present SAAB WATCH 2011!
10/27/11 – Today, Reuters.com reported on the current position Saab has situated itself into. While that may be a personal opinion, it seems hard to refute that much of Saab’s recent hardships were brought on by themselves. As Reuters reported, the Saab administrator in-charge of it’s bankruptcy prevention asked the Swedish courts, who have been protecting Saab from it’s creditors for the past month, to end the administration process of their corporate restructuring. The reason given was that Saab had insufficient funds to keep the restructuring process running.
While on the outside it may look as if Saab simply saw the wrong side of a fate, those who are familiar with the events of last week, will know it is the opposite. Late Sunday, Saab killed it’s deal with Chinese investors Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. and Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. that had been in place since June. What would have gotten Saab $340 million in loans and funding, was dropped by Swedish Automobile (the parent company of Saab) based on their unwillingness to hand over controlling interest of the doomed car manufacturer. Instead, they’ve elected to look for investments from other parties. With one day left before Swedish courts can put an end to Saab’s bankruptcy protection, it seems unlikely that the courts will side in the company’s favor (though they said they will hear the company out until they make a decision). Saab has already missed the deadline to react to the administrator’s request. It’s this kind of carelessness and negligence that leads us to assume the courts will release an injured Saab out into the wild for it’s creditor preditors to pounce.
The question become, does Saab deserve to be rescued? To avoid potentially losing the Saab name all together, they cut ties to the fastest and potentially only significant financial pipeline they had. Yes, they have issued $10 million worth of stock to North Street Capital LP and accepted an additional $60 million in loans from the U.S. based hedge fund managment firm last week. This must have boost their confidence quite a bit, as a few days later, they denied the Chinese investment deal. Suddenly, however, they’ve had to scramble to find some breathing room before their protection gives out. Even though the Chinese investors continue to claim that the deal between them and Saab is still valid and they plan to come through with the capital, it is uncertain how involved Saab is willing to be with this. Trading in immediate debt relief to save a name brand seems foolhardy on Saab’s part. Especially when you consider that the move alone could cripple their recovery entirely. What is really worst then? Losing a name or losing everything (including over 3,000 jobs)? To Saab, at least, the name is more important. Perhaps they have a few cards still left face down.
We will continue our coverage of SAAB WATCH 2011 as the news breaks. Check in with us regularly to learn the latest developments in the Saab story. As always, we encourage you to visit us at OneStopMotors.com; you’re one stop for buying and selling used vehicles online. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Tyler Baker; OSM Writer
( Source : Reuters.com )

Monday, October 24, 2011

Saab says goodbye to Chinese investors

By now, most of the world is aware that Swedish car manufacturer, Saab Automotives, is on a railway running low on track. They’re manufacturing plant is already a ghost town, the Swedish courts have already awarded them temporary amnesty from creditors and now Saab is running out of gas and there doesn’t appear to be a gas station in sight. According to Autoweek.com, Saab has ended their proposed deal with Chinese investors and as a direct result, they have lost their last wild card in their hand.

As it was reported in recent weeks, Saab has been waiting on a $340 million investment deal from Chinese automotive companies Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus. The deal, originally intended to drive Saab out of debt and back into the grind of automotive manufacturing, has been speculated on for months now. Earlier in the month, Saab was set to receive the first part of this million dollar deal as a loan to pay off parts providers. They had thought the rest of the deal would come through by now, but the Chinese investors reportedly wanted to reevaluate the agreement. The result? The Chinese investors decided it would be more practical to buy out the majority of shares in Saab stock and take over ownership of the troubled manufacturer. The leaders of Saab did not find this to be a good thing. They announced they were killing the deal all together.

Believing that allowing Youngman Lotus and Pang Da to take control of the company would bring the eventual end to Saab, Swedish Automotive CEO Victor Muller deemed the agreement unacceptable and ended the agreement Sunday after the Chinese side did not specify they would provide the original investment that had been agreed upon already. The two sides are still in contact, though this may be as far as the two parties go together.

Towards the end of last week, US private-equity firm, North Street Capitol, announced they would be buying $10 million worth of shares in Saab’s parent company, Swedish Automotives. They also claim to be providing the company with a $60 million investment loan to pay for the reorganization of Saab. One can’t help but feel that this announcement has lead Saab to feel stronger in the passing days. Strong enough, at least, to refuse the continual shadow games played by the Chinese investors who had been holding out for unknown reasons.

Whether or not this is the best strategy for Saab, who without enough capitol to bail themselves out would have to accept defeat and liquidate entirely, is uncertain. What is certain is that any light of redemption in the near future for Saab has dimmed immensely. They have a lot of bills to pay back before they can even make another car, let alone pay new parts and wages fees to produce it. It is because of this that Sunday’s move from Saab is somewhat puzzling. Their new found bravery may end up steering Saab off the edge of the world either way. If that happens, it wouldn’t have mattered if Saab might have been lost under a Chinese regime change. Saab won’t exist. At least for now, they still do. We’ll see about next week.

Tyler Baker; OSM Writer

( Source : Autoweek.com )

Friday, October 21, 2011

Crazy vs. Cops on US Airways flight

In a bizarre tale set thousands of feet above the earth’s surface, the passengers of a US Airways flight heading to Honolulu were witness to one passenger’s sky insanity. The man in question, unnamed to this point, had reportedly progressed from a mild case of an airplane-set panic attack to full-blown lunacy in minutes. The result? The man began frantically flailing about the cabin, screaming, removing clothing and charged for the cockpit. Before he could get there, however, he was tackled by two travelling Jersey City cops.

As reported by NJ.com, the incident is still under investigation. The reasoning behind the maddened passenger, who allegedly intended on getting off the plane at the elevated height of 40,000 feet, is uncertain. According to Jersey City officers Paul Fennel and Robert Taino Jr, who were on their way to Hawaii for a co-worker’s wedding, the man was causing a commotion in the cabin before eventually making a dash for the cockpit. They were two hours out of Honolulu when the incident began. Taino explained how he had noticed that no one was being served and then the flight attendants went flooding to the back of the plane with an oxygen tank. He made it aware to the sky staff that he and Fennel were police officers. After that, everything turned and a man in a sweater came barreling up the aisle claiming he was going to get off the plane. The airline attendants blockaded the emergency exits with their bodies as the man pulled off his shirt and began to yell, “He’s got a gun! Who’s going to shoot me?” The man sprang into a speeded step for the cockpit and an attendant shouted, “Stop him!” Officers Taino and Fennel, along with two other passengers piled on the panicked man.

From there, Taino cuffed the man using plastic wrist restraints provided by a flight attendant. The two Jersey cops guarded the man for the remainder of the flight and then handed him over to the FBI who were waiting at the gate. According to the article, Fennel is a recipient of his departments Excellent Police Service award and Taino of the Combat Cross award. Even off duty and on vacation, they acted with decisiveness and bravery.

Neither US Airways nor the FBI have commented on the situation in the sky as of yet. For now, it will stand as a strange story with a safe ending. All of this, of course, is thanks to Officers Fennel and Taino along with the unnamed passengers who also aided in the accosting of the unruly man. Taino and Fennel are currently in Honolulu enjoying the wedding of their peer, a Jersey City Police Sargent. It’s safe to say they will have quite the wedding tale to tell.

Tyler Baker; OSM Writer

(Source : NJ.com )

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dan Wheldon dies during IndyCar Series season finale

It has always been known that motorized racing is a dangerous game. Regardless of all the rules and regulations, the hazard protocols and safety modifications made to the sport, at the end of the day, the risk involved is an unbelievable one to take. Unfortunately, car crashes are an integrated occurrence in the lap game. Sometimes tragedy hits the raceway and the world around it stops. It is then that we’re all reminded how much professional drivers are forced to surrender for the pursuit of entertainment. Yesterday in Las Vegas, we were reminded once more of this sacrifice as the reigning Indy 500 champion, Dan Wheldon, was killed in a fifteen car collision during lap 11 of the IndyCar Series season finale.

In one of the most devastating days in auto racing, English born driver, Dan Wheldon, was caught in the thick of a pile-up that scattered around turn two of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. According to ESPN.com, the contact that caused the accident came about when Wade Cunningham’s car swerved on the turn and Hildebrand drove over the left rear of Cunningham’s car. In the replay shown during the broadcast, it is clear that the initial contact came from Sebastian Saavedra, who rubbed against Cunningham’s front bumper, setting off the chain of events that led to the red flag accident. Within seconds, Cunningham was in the wall, Hilderbrand was airborne and many of the cars behind them were caught up in the collision. One of these was Wheldon, age 33, who had no time to react to the slew of flying car shrapnel and clouds of engine smoke. From there, Wheldon’s car flipped as he flew through the air and sailed into the catch fence, which is the reinforced fence separating the crowd from the track.

Rescue workers were quick to respond and can be seen in the replay waving madly for more help. Wheldon was pulled from the wreckage and airlifted from the track at 1:19 pm local time Sunday. He was then transported to University Medical Center, but his injuries were “un-survivable” as authorities stated. IndyCar Series CEO, Randy Bernard made the announcement of Wheldon’s passing and the speedway was soaked in silence. When his colleagues learned on the tragic news, their grief was instant. Driver’s openly sobbed on the track. The entire speedway filled with the still infused shock that one of their own had been lost. It was as if a part of IndyCar had been instantly lost along with Wheldon. Soon after announcing Wheldon’s passing, Bernard revealed that the race had been cancelled, but the drivers wanted to pay tribute to their brother in arms with a five lap salute. It was a moving testament, but nothing could do justice to the man that Wheldon was.

Many of his peers spoke highly of Wheldon as being a close friend and passionate driver. Dario Franchitti, who clinched the 2011 IndyCar title despite the tragedy, called him a “good friend” and a “charmer”. That was Dan Wheldon to a lot of people. An ambassador for the art of IndyCar, he was primed to take over Danica Patrick’s duties as the new Go-Daddy sponsored driver for Andretti Autosport next year; a contract he was set to sign following Sunday’s race. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Susie and two sons, Sebastian (age 2) and Oliver (six months old). He also leaves behind his legacy, spanning 16 wins over 9 years including a 2005 and 2011 Indy 500 championship as well as the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the 2005 IndyCar Series Champion. He was highly regarded and well respected in the sport not just for what he did on the track, but for who he was as a person, a family man and a spokesperson for the auto sport industry.

We will regret the years we’ve been robbed of Dan Wheldon’s magnanimous presence. A fun spoken, quick witted soul with a sparkling smile and a great respect for others, Wheldon will be remembered for what he brought to the IndyCar sport. A hard competitive edge, a cool running mentality and a big, beating heart unlike any other. As Formula One driver Jenson Button said of Dan Wheldon, “we’ve lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy.” He wasn’t like some of the hot headed, lead foots found in the NASCAR circuit today. He was something else. Something fierce on the track but gentle to the fans. A champion’s champion. A class act. Without Dan Wheldon, the world is at a loss today and everyday after.

Tyler Baker; OSM Writer

(Source : ESPN.com )

Friday, October 14, 2011

Airlines snub bulldogs, add to no-fly list

As many dog lovers will attest to, there is nothing cuter than the involuntary wheezing of a bulldog as it intakes oxygen. We’ve all seen and heard it before, that hectic, nasally heaving that can often be mistaken as choking or snarling congestion. At times, we may feel bad for these droopy faced dogs and their feline counterparts in the form of Persians and Himalayans. These types of animals are born with shorter skull diameters from front to back, known as brachycephaly, which causes their nasal passages to be shortened. This trait is simply put and commonly known as snub-nosed. Bulldogs, Pugs, Persians and Himalayans all come genetically packaged with this trait which causes them to inhale less air and makes them extremely sensitive to high temperatures (as dogs regulate body temperature through nose). While it may be adorable to watch these animals huff and puff naturally on solid ground, in the sky this genetic trait can kill them. As a result, a majority of airlines have banned brachycephalic breeds of animals from flying.

Reported in The New York Times earlier this month, brachycephalic breeds of animals have been forbidden from flying with most major airline carriers. It’s not because the airlines have an animistic discrimination towards these breeds, it is because these breeds have a harder time breathing in the cargo holds where most animals are stored during a flight. According to The Times, between June 2005 to June 2011, 189 animals died on commercial flights. Of this 189, 98 were brachycephalic breeds. In a three-month period in 2010, four bulldogs died while flying with American Airlines. As a direct result of this issue, these breeds with their pushed-in snouts, were banned by the airline. Similar statistics were seen with the other major airlines as well as a similar ban.

This may come as a shock to most travelers and an inconvenience to those pug and bulldog owners, but almost 200 pet related casualties in six years seems unacceptable to flight providers. Perhaps that is why certain animal-oriented airlines have emerged in the last few years. Airlines such as Pet Jets and Pet Airways have made a living off of their niche specific services. They fly your pets across the country without the risk that runs with storing them in the cargo hold. Unlike the cabins that human passengers and most pets under 20 lbs. enjoy, the cargo hold is not pressurized and most snub-nosed animals struggle to gather oxygen already due to smaller openings to their noses and elongated soft palates on the roof of their mouths. Mix all this in with the stress of flying, which according to The Times, makes it even harder for these animals to inhale, it comes as no surprise that airlines have decided against serving these breeds through the sky.

Today, more and more people have been trending towards bringing their pets on trips. With this increase, the mortality rate of snub-nosed pets on planes has risen as well. Apparently, veterinarians have been aware of this problem for some time now and a good portion of them will not sign off on flying a brarchycephalic breed. Others insist that their owners consider driving as a safer alternative for their beloved companions. As for now, however, these snooty, snorting frown faces will remain on the no-fly list until time and technology can solve their deviated dilemma.

Tyler Baker; OSM Writer
( Source : The New York Times )

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Saab sucks out as capital comes in

Yesterday, OSM reported that Saab was sitting on the edge of certain demise. Swedish courts were ready to rule the company bankrupt and the only hope the 74 year old company had of surviving the week would come in the form of a EURO70 million loan from Chinese investors. Yesterday, that loan was reportedly on hold due to the Chinese government and an uncertain arrangement. Today, that loan has gone through. Well, some of the loan anyway.

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Saab has received a chunk of funds from Chinese automotive group, Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. and for the first time in a long while, Saab is seeing a brighter sky. The bridge loan in place between Saab and Youngman is supposedly worth EURO70 million (about $96 million) and will be allocated into paying off wages and back salaries. Saab, who’s wages are being covered by the Swedish government until Oct. 21, can now ween off the last resort aid and begin their resurrection. The Journal reported that they’ve only received EURO10 million (about $14 million) of the total EURO70 million so far, but Saab claims that will be enough to set things in motion for a comeback. They plan to finalize the loan agreement by the end of the week with plans to pay back the capital from their EURO245 million equity investment from Youngman and Chinese import distributor Pang Da Automotive Trade Co.

Apparently, Saab was supposed to receive funds on September 26th; over two weeks ago. Why the reason for the delay and almost disaster? Saab attributes the delay to a Chinese bank holiday. However, an unnamed source, according to The Journal article, claims that Youngman was in a state of hesitation regarding the collateral Saab was providing in the agreement. They simply needed more time to understand the technology and renegotiate the agreement because of this. The agreement, a non-exclusive right to Saab’s Phoenix Architecture Technology in exchange for the EURO70 million loan, has since been reworked and initially instituted.

What this means for Saab is that they are safe from extinction…for now. They are still deep in the thick of it, though. The next few weeks will reveal their fate as they begin their corporate restructuring process. Until they are out of the red, however, it remains to be seen whether the Swedish manufacturer has the true grit to grind it out.

Tyler Baker
; OSM Writer

( Source: The Wall Street Journal )

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saab’s lingering landslide leaves company running idle

If you’ve been keeping up with the developing news of Swedish car manufacturer, Saab Automotive, then you’re already aware that Saab is sitting on the edge of non-existence. The company’s production line has been inactive since June and they were almost liquidated in July for failure to pay owed wages (which they scrambled to pay). As they hold out for some glimmer of a monetary miracle, the question must be asked; does Saab stand a chance to survive?

Autoweek.com reported on the critical condition of Saab earlier this week. According to the automotive news source, Saab is likely to be declared bankrupt by Swedish courts as soon as today. The company has already won court protection from creditors recently, allowing them to remain alive until funds are found. Where would these funds come from? Saab has apparently been waiting for investment capital from two Chinese companies. Pang Da, an import car distributor in China is in line to provide Saab with $239 million to dig the car company out of debt. On top of that, another Chinese car based enterprise in Youngman Automotive Group is said to be supplying an additional $95.7 million in a deal Saab had made last month with the two organizations. For a time, it seemed like Saab might grind it out and rebound from their financial woos, however now it seems more likely that they will die out like so many companies in the market today.

The reason Saab’s future is loosing light is due to reports in Europe that the Chinese government will deny Saab’s deal with Youngman and Pang Da. As Autoweek.com explains, Saab is not giving up any intellectual property under the agreement and this appears to be a deal-breaker in the eyes of the Chinese government. Whether this is speculation or fact, it might not matter all that much. Simply put, Saab has been under a microscope in the last several months and their plan to resurrect themselves has been questioned by the Swedish government and the rest of the world. They’ve already begun selling off assets as a way to cover as much overhead as they can until the new money deal kicks in.

As optimistic as they may front to be, a business desperately scrapping up money and hindering on both courts and other companies for aid looks like a lost cause already. Even if they do manage to get the funds, they’re production is only one-third of what it was in 2008. Saab vehicles are simply are not selling around the world and with all the negative publicity they’ve been subjected to in the last two years, it’s hard to see an upside in their sales. Still, businesses have survived worst. Until a major break in their tear-some tale is had, Saab will continue to hang in economic purgatory. For their three thousand plus employees, however, we can only hold our hopes for the best outcome.

Tyler Baker; OSM Writer.

(Source: Autoweek.com )

Monday, October 3, 2011

John Travolta becomes posterboy for Bombardier Airplanes

John Travolta is as big a star as Hollywood has to offer. His acting resume is gaudy by any stretch of the term and his star power has sustained over the last four decades. While most people may only know him for his acting, others know he has a fondness for the art of flight. We all remember when his character in Look Who’s Talking Now made the jump from cab driver to private airline pilot, right? OK, maybe not, but it happened. As it turns out, Travolta and his character James Ubriacco have one big thing in common; they’re both licensed pilots. It’s no surprise, then, that John Travolta is sporting certifications to fly eleven different types of airplanes. The newest addition to his air-field arsenal is that of the Challenger aircraft, which he recently became certified to fly. The bigger news? Breaking Travel News reported late last month that Travolta has been officially announced as the new Ambassador of Bombardier Airplanes.

For those who may not be versed in the high flying world of aerospace and aviation, Bombardier Inc. is currently the third largest manufacturer of airplanes in the world. They specialize in privatized and business jets for high profile clientèle. John Travolta will focus his star power on the companies business brand jets such as the LearJets, Global jets and of course the Challenger series. It is not a surprising turn of events, as Travolta currently owns several Bombardier jets personally and continues to advocate for his favorite hobby. It seems only logical that he would become a spokesperson for this passion.

Travolta has already started his lobbying of the Canadian based company by hailing it’s pursuit of a more secure and convenient form of travel. For those who depend on air travel as a way to strengthen business ties and keep up with the curve, Mr. Saturday Night Fever himself encourages them to seek out Bombardier as a way to not just travel in comfort and style, but to do so with the intent of saving time and reallocating that time to other more important personal priorities, such as family. After all, Travolta is a family oriented man himself, which makes his pairing with Bombardier even more appealing to the company. Regardless of your opinion on the actor, it is safe to say that this partnership will be flying high as they move into the future.