If you ever wondered whether the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, just take a few minutes to research the business jet market versus the automobile market. Ford Motors recently announced that it is converting one of its truck manufacturing plants to making small, more fuel efficient cars while Airbus announced it had sold six of its A350 extra wide body aircraft to a client in the Middle East.
My guess is that the profits from oil are fueling this kind of expansion of business jets while Americans are forced to drive smaller and smaller cars. The only problem faced by the purchasers of these large business jets is aircraft availability. Each of these A350 aircraft will be converted to include leather seats,dining tables, private offices, bedrooms and showers. These aircraft are delivered to the customer "green" and then sent to completion centers where ten to over one hundred million dollars is spent on outfitting the interiors of the aircraft. At the European aviation show, EBACE 2008, both Airbus and Boeing showed cutaways of their complete line of products, including the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 aircraft to prospective bizjet purchasers. It seems the appetite for bigger aircraft is growing amongst the wealthy while the ordinary American is forced to get smaller automobiles. Kinda wants to make you drill for oil in our own country, doesn't it? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7