““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Avantair Adds Turboprops, reports higher revenues
While bigger fractional ownership providers are scaling back, Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair plans to add six more Avantis to its fleet before year-end. CEO Steven Santo attributes the growth partly to the operating economics of the twin-turboprop Avanti, which has a cabin equivalent to that of a midsize business jet, a maximum cruise speed of more than 400 knots and low fuel burn. The company's revenue in the first quarter was up 16 percent from the same quarter last year.