December 28, 2008

Why businesses use jets

Re: “Wall Street still flying corporate jets,” online news story.

Your recent story about business airplane use presents an inaccurate and misleading picture of business aviation in the United States. Every day, tens of thousands of well-managed and cost-conscious U.S. companies use aircraft to help them survive and compete in an intensely unforgiving marketplace. Eighty-five percent of companies that use business aircraft are small and mid-size, and passengers are usually mid-level employees.

Business aviation helps companies maximize employee productivity, reduce travel times, and have the flexibility they need to quickly adjust to changing business circumstances and schedules. Business aircraft can fly into 10 times the number of airports served by commercial airlines, and can visit multiple sites in a single day when time is of the essence. That is why it is a critical link in our nation’s transportation system, small and rural communities, and an important tool for businesses of all sizes.

Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association

This letter was published in the Dec. 28 edition.