Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Every Time Suze Orman Sniffles, a Business Jet Loses Its Wings
Hooo, as if the business jet industry doesn't have enough image problems to battle, here comes Suze Orman, the self-described "internationally acclaimed personal finance expert" sounding all late-stage Versailles in an interview in this month's Business Jet Traveler magazine.
"What does flying privately do for you?" the magazine asked her.
The internationally acclaimed personal finance expert explained, reasonably, that private jets provide efficiency. But then her second reason, weirdly: "Health."
Suze sez that "the chances are very great [on an airliner] that some kid's gonna sneeze on me and then I get sick. If I am, it's millions of dollars on some level somewhere."
Note to Citizen Robespierre: Sieze this woman!
Seriously, the business aviation industry, struggling mightily to regain some footing after the image and economic disasters of the last six months, can do without this kind of defense.
Speaking of business aviation, the numbers continue on the grim march downward.
ARG/US, which measures these things, says that business-aircraft flights dropped 26.2 percent in March, compared with March of 2008. The biggest drop was in flights of large cabin jets, which were off 44 percent.