Just had one of the best lunch dates of my life. I got to interview John Travolta over sushi rolls and wasabi as he joined the Bombardier Team as a Business Aircraft Brand Ambassador. We talked about flying, his new Challenger 601, disco dancing and the joy of aviation in general. All of which I’ll write about for various outlets in the near future.

John Travolta is licensed to fly 11 different types of jet, and has flown iconic planes from the Vampire to the A380. With a busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work, he also embodies the persona of the true business traveller – making him an ideal representative for Bombardier Business Aircraft.

“John is both a film icon and knowledgeable aviator,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “He also recently added the Challenger aircraft to the impressive list of 11 different jets he is qualified to fly, an aircraft that offers him the ability to meet his passion for aviation and demanding business travel requirements all in one. We are thrilled to have him as our brand ambassador.”

With an acting career spanning over 30 years, John Travolta has starred in 60 films and has been honoured with a number of prestigious film awards and award nominations. He has received two aviation awards – the American Institute of Aeronautics Foundation Award for Excellence in 2003, and the Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation award in 2007. He currently holds 11 pilots licenses for both commercial and business jets.

“Business aviation has always made sense to me in that it offers flexibility, privacy, security, and most importantly, timesaving – meaning I have the ability to keep up with my busy schedule and have more time for my family, which is very important to me,” said John Travolta. “On top of that, I’m a pilot – I love to fly. Bombardier designs aircraft as much for the person flying them as for the passenger. I’m proud to represent their aircraft.”

Having a fabulous day and am off to Rodeo Drive shortly, followed by an evening event somewhere swanky tonight. Then onto China for AOPA’s first GA summit. Busy times!

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