“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Delays Won't Affect Deliveries of VIP 787s
Despite "challenges" in assembly of the first Boeing 787 prototype that have forced delay of the first flight and certification by at least six months, Boeing Business Jets does not expect to have to reschedule delivery dates for executive models of the jetliner. Boeing claims to have firm orders for nine executive 787s, two of which will go to an unidentified leasing company. According to Boeing Business Jets president Steven Hill, the first airplane is scheduled for delivery to an independent completion center for outfitting in May 2010. The next available slot is in early 2016. The 787 will offer a maximum cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, an improved air-purification system, a cruise speed of Mach 0.85 and a range of about 8,000 nautical miles.