10 for 10: With Unlimited Fundage,
it's Bizjets for Everyone!
I've been secretly carrying on an informal survey, asking random people I meet this question: "If you had Bill Gate's money, would you still fly coach or even first class via the scheduled commercial airlines, or would you fly in your own private business jet?"
There was the working stiff/blue collar guy working at the gas station in Syracuse, NY that simply said "hell yes" when asked if he would choose the bizjet. At a wedding I attended recently, three other people - all upward professionals from Detroit or the NYC area - all told me that without question they would dump the airlines in favor of private air transportation if they had unlimited cash.Back home in environmentally-sensitive Eugene, I expected a different result, but did not get it. I polled four people at one of my weekly meetings or via email, and all would have chosen the bizjet, however one did say she'd buy carbon offsets with her pile of unlimited dough. [Of note is the fact that she could not with any degree of certainty tell me how much bizjets pollute, or if they were more or less fuel efficient than an airliner full of Grandmas.] And to close out this 10-person informal survey, I found two others here in Eugene, one who called travel by bizjets "extravagant" but added she'd relent and fly her jet if she had the choice. The last person I asked here initially said no, he would fly commercial to save fuel. But when asked if he would choose the Friendly Skies if his bizjet was powered by veggie fuel ginned from sorghum or algae, he instantly changed his tune and said he would happily choose the biofuel business jet.