TRAVEL: Mile-High Style

SINCE THE CONCORDE landed for the last time in 2003, globetrotting members of the smart set either fly their own jets or discreetly rent them by the hour. For the rest of us, flying commercial has become something to be endured rather than cherished.

If the only planes in the sky belonged to U.S. carriers, the NetJets snobs might have a point. Three of the largest American airlines began 2006 in bankruptcy. Meanwhile, overseas carriers like Virgin Atlantic and Emirates have added such amenities as in-flight massages and Four Seasons--style suites.

In their wake, a new generation of boutique airlines is...

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