“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”
L'Avion to Paris, All Business Class
L'Avion, the first all-business-class French airline, is adding a Saturday flight to its New York-Paris schedule and expects to introduce a second aircraft on December 22. Like its first jet, which launched the service in January 2007, the second will be a Boeing 757-200 equipped to carry 90 passengers, 110 less than in its typical three-class configuration. In January, meanwhile, L'Avion is slated to double its flight frequency, starting with Friday and Sunday flights. Round-trip fares begin at $2,166, but a $1,412 promotional fare applies through December 30. The airline uses Newark Liberty International Airport (a 30-minute drive from New York City) and Orly Sud in Paris. L'Avion said it has transported more than 24,000 passengers since it began operations on January 3 this year and it claimed that 95 percent of its departures are on time.