“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Some bizjet values in 'dire straits,' consultant says
Business jet valuations for pre-mid-1990 models are in "dire straits" and likely will never recover, according to Conklin & de Decker vice president David Wyndham. "Many of the early, first-generation business jets are probably at or near their salvage value: the value of their individual airworthy components," Wyndham noted in his company's newsletter. "Given their relatively high operating costs, many of the oldest models, although airworthy, are near the end of their economic useful life." Meanwhile, he expects business jet values for mid-1990 to early 2000 models to see a mild recovery, but probably not until after 2012. Wyndham predicts that values for business jets less than about five years old will recover first and most strongly.