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Using Travel Time Productively
Travel is an essential element of today’s business environment. Jack Olcott notes that the marvels of high-tech communications (including cell phones and the Internet)- have not lessened the need for travel- but simply quickened the pace of business- thereby necessitating even more travel.

Business men and women realize that building and maintaining relationships with clients requires timely- face-to-face communications. In today’s competitive atmosphere- it is critical that the right person be in the right place at the right time—before the completion establishes a foothold.

With greater demand for travel- the need to use travel time productively increases significantly. Yet the environment on most airliners in scheduled service is not particularly business-friendly. Space is limited- particularly in commuter-sized aircraft that currently serve about half the schedules offered in the USA and in Europe. In the USA- for example- 50 percent of all scheduled flights and 25 percent of all passenger enplanements are on commuter/regional aircraft.

Long-range trips are becoming more frequent as entrepreneurs explore and serve exciting markets in the BRIC countries- Middle East and Africa. Scheduled airlines are responding to that demand with improved workspace- enhanced communications and broadband capabilities. Yet the opportunity for meaningful discussions with colleagues and customers when aboard the schedule airlines is limited.

By contrast- business aircraft provide a secure- office-like environment in which to travel. Studies conducted by Harris Interactive- Inc. for the National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association- as part of the No Plane No Gain advocacy program- reflect the attitudes of business personnel with respect to the effective use of travel time.

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