As a company that buys corporate jets, sells corporate jets or overall is just interested in the business of corporate jets, it is not going to come to anyone’s surprise that we thing people should be taking a private jet on any trip or travel that they can. We wold love to see nothing more than to see a jet in every hangar (I wonder if that will ever be in a political speech?). For us to tell people why they would like to own a private or corporate jet carries with it the stigma that we have an ulterior motive. The way around that is to take a few reasons for traveling via corporate or private jet from the people that actually use that mode of transportation. Business Jet Traveler recently posted an article on why some travelers take private jets on trips. I think these are some great testimonials as to why business travel could be best served on a private or corporate jet.
I was especially warmed to the idea that Arnold Palmer wanted to use a private aircraft for family reasons:
“I couldn’t have done many of the things I did without a business airplane. It afforded me the opportunity to be home with my family and at the same time accomplish the things I had to do to make my business and career successful. Whether you fly your own or hire a crew, a business jet far outperforms any other mode of transportation.” ~ golf legend Arnold Palmer
Obviously, he had the ability to travel quite a bit in his career and being able to make your own schedule that allowed him to spend time with his family was a crucial reason for the investment. Not having to adhere to commercial schedules and their mandated times of departure and arrival was a big component of why it was a good way for Mr. Palmer to travel. Having just spend much of the month of October and last week in an airport, I would love to have made my own hours and made the schedule I needed that worked best for me.
I may have talked about this in a previous post but it bears repeating. Being someone that needs to be somewhere important at a specific date and time is crucial to success. F. Lee Bailey put it in better words when he said:
“The productivity of the people at the top determines how many jobs there are for people not at the top. And when a guy misses an important sales meeting because Delta Air Lines had a mechanical [problem] at Kennedy and it reverberated across the system and he winds up in Chicago in a fleabag hotel while the meeting’s going on in Tucson, the [corporate] airplane pays for itself.” ~ attorney F. Lee Bailey
Having been that guy in the fleabag hotel once while I should have been somewhere else I can assure you that is a helpless feeling and one that I never again want to experience.
Reading through some of the other reasons for travelers to take private aircraft in the article you can get a sense for the reasons why those that are using business aircraft to conduct business, are at the top of the game or well known experts and celebrities in their industries. They know when to cut corners and they know when spending a little extra on something that might seem extravagant makes them ahead of all of the competition.