“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]. ”
By the Numbers: The bizav airport advantage
Supporters of business aviation often point out that there are more than 5,000 airports in the U.S. that are accessible by general aviation aircraft. But that figure includes everything from large international airline hubs to tiny grass strips. For a better comparison, we compiled a list of airports that are suitable for use by business jets and turboprops-those with paved runways that are 4,000 feet or longer. The full list includes 2,787 airports. Of these, only 128 are large, medium and small hub airports used by airlines. Not shown in the figures below are airports in U.S. territories.