Private Jets: Air Pressure

SECOND CLASS: Microjets offer convenience, not luxury

On a windy day at Farnborough airport outside London, a line of private jets rolls to the runway, ready to carry Europe's élite through their rarefied world. Among these aircraft, watched by a group of pilots, is the airport's newest addition: a jet so tiny that sitting behind a medium-sized business jet it looks like a duckling trailing its mother. Yet as he waits to see the elfin aircraft take off, one pilot declares, "You're looking at the future."

Fans of what are known officially as very light jets — sometimes called microjets or "minivans with wings" —...

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