Flight to Convenience

Commercial airline travel usually means one thing: lots of wasted time. For busy executives, that costs money. Apart from lengthy check-in procedures, there's a 30% chance that a scheduled European flight will be delayed at least 15 minutes. And since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, not only are some executives spooked by security concerns, but new airport procedures to allay those fears can add another hour to check-in times.

In response, a growing number of businesses are turning to private air charters to move key employees from point A to point B. At a time when the commercial aviation industry...

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