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Business aviation emerged from the evolution of civil aviation in the late 1920s and early 1930s. At that time, aircraft began to be used for business travel and private passenger services. AEROAFFAIRES offers you an overview of the history of business aviation.


The 1920s: from civil aviation to private aviation.


The first business aircraft were modified civil aircraft. At that time, biplanes or monoplanes were used for private flights. These aircraft were often rented by wealthy individuals or companies. They were used for business trips, promotional tours or sporting events. It was these early aircraft that started the incredible history of business aviation.


The 1930s: birth of the first business jets.


With the advent of powered aircraft, business travel became more frequent. Aircraft began to be designed specifically for private travel. Companies such as Beech Aircraft Corporation, Cessna, and Piper began to produce passenger and business aircraft. The first aircraft dedicated to private aviation were :

  • the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing
  • the Cessna 195
  • the Piper PA-23 Aztec.


1950s-1960s: private jets designed for the business traveller.


During this period, business aviation began to grow. Models such as the Beechcraft King Air and the Cessna Citation were introduced, allowing faster and more comfortable flights for business travellers.


The 1970s: surge in demand for business aviation flights.


The 1970s represented a period of rapid growth for business aviation and marked the history of business aviation. These years saw the introduction of new aircraft such as the Learjet 25, the Gulfstream II, and the Dassault Falcon. These aircraft offered superior performance. These include

  • higher speed
  • increased range
  • increased comfort.


1980s-1990s: the world builds a fleet for business aviation


During this period, business aviation continued to develop. New models such as the Gulfstream IV and the Bombardier Challenger entered the business aviation market. The demand for private flights continues to grow with the growth of international business. This is leading to rapid growth in the business aircraft market worldwide.


The years 2000-2010: increasingly efficient private jets


Modern business aircraft, such as the Gulfstream G650, the Bombardier Global Express and the Dassault Falcon 7X, were introduced during this period. These aircraft have more advanced capabilities. In particular, in terms of technology, comfort and safety, with luxurious cabins and state-of-the-art equipment.


Business aviation today :


Today, business aviation is constantly developing and innovating. It is working to provide convenient and comfortable travel options for business travellers and private aircraft owners. However, the business aviation market is facing new challenges. Aircraft manufacturers and the entire industry are focused on developing new aircraft. They need to be :

  • greener
  • less polluting
  • more efficient.


AEROAFFAIRES a major player in global business aviation.


AEROAFFAIRES has been developing its expertise and know-how since 1991. Its former CEO was able to capitalise on the growth of this market and the opportunities it offered to support its many clients in their business or private travel. Today, the company, managed by Isabelle Clerc, is committed to being responsible by investing in decarbonisation. Several initiatives are being developed to meet the challenges of the sector between now and 2050.

If you too would like to organise a business or private trip in a private jet, our aviation experts are at your disposal 24/7 on + 33 (0) 1 44 09 91 82 or by email: You can also fill in our online quote and receive a reply within two hours.