“"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."”
New club offers flights, yachts and cars
Miami-based Air Platinum Club, which began operating in July, offers its members flight time on club-owned Gulfstream GIV-SPs. The club provides flights within the continental U.S. and between Paris and major U.S. cities. Members also have access to the club's 50-foot yacht, exotic sports cars and beachfront condo, all of which are in the Miami area. Annual memberships start at $163,000, which covers 15 flight hours, 20 days' usage of the club's cars, 15 days on its yacht and three weekends in the condo.