“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Avantair Announces Revenue Increase
Avantair, the only publicly traded, standalone fractional operator, has announced financial results for the first quarter of 2009. Revenues totaled $34.7 million, a 16-percent gain over the same quarter last year. During the quarter, the company said, it recorded a "substantial" increase in hours flown and added a 52nd aircraft to its fleet. It also announced the Axis Membership Club "to bridge the gap between the financial commitment of a fractional share and charter time cards."