Some key numbers:
- 40% increase in jet charters the week after the UK airline bomb plots
- 35% increase in sales during the first half of 2006 for private planes
- Over the last five years, "premium" business travelers on major airlines has decreased from 18% to 9%
The outlook in Rich's mind is that air taxis equal a kind of salvation for the other 9% currently on the major airlines. And in addition, investment funds continue to flowing to innovative aircraft manufacturers:
The end game though for Rich is how will his 250,000 a year miles flown on premium priced major airlines tickets translate into an air taxi model. Two services are for sure going to be trying: POGO and DayJet are examples cited in the article.
Definitely a trend to watch ...