Private Jets Ready for Takeoff

Business Jet Traveler » April 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12:01pm

You know the economy is improving when private jets return to the skies. And that's exactly what is happening now. Encouraged by rising profits and the diminished likelihood of a double-dip recession, some corporations and high-net-worth highfliers who had idled their jets through the downturn are venturing back into business aviation. The broadening economic recovery is giving many publicly traded companies all the reason they need to pull their jets out of their hangars and start flying again. The great deals that can be had on used jets, meanwhile, are starting to entice buyers who had been waiting for the long-anticipated market bottom.

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“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]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy