“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Here comes tomorrow's business jets
While an economic recovery sputters in the U.S. and Europe, business jet manufacturers foresee continued growth in such emerging markets as China, Latin America and Russia.
Many of these manufacturers have invested in new airplanes and in major upgrades of current models and are already being rewarded by sales in those emerging markets. The first of these new airplanes—nearly 20 of them—are expected to enter service between now and 2016.
What follows is a capsule look at business jets that have been funded and are in the development pipeline.
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