Transportation: A Wing and a Prayer

Few companies were buffeted harder by the last recession than makers of that premier symbol of executive prestige and power, the corporate jet. Last week the still struggling manufacturers gathered in Atlanta to display their latest efforts to potential buyers.

On view among the 415 exhibits at the National Business Aircraft Association Convention, the industry's biggest trade show, were aircraft ranging from a luxurious $3.6 million helicopter to superlight planes made of titanium and graphite-epoxy composites. Multinational companies were attracted to the Falcon 900 (price: $13.5 million), a 27-seat craft introduced last month and capable of flying from New...

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