Senior business leaders were recently asked by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) what they viewed as being valuable to utilize private aviation for their companies. There is consensus as to why the use of private aircraft and jets for business is preferred.
CEO’s across the board agree that flexibility, convenience, and time saving are the main reasons for their choice. Travelling privately is very beneficial to the busy business leader by giving them the options to focus on more important things. We have compiled their top quotes and how private travel has helped these senior executives improve and grow their businesses.
“Ours is not just an airplane. It is a lifeline to medically under-served communities that span four time zones.” Dr. Michael Gregory, Chairman, Apogee Physicians
“Today’s demanding business environment requires the same level of connectivity that executives have in the office while in the air traveling to business meetings. At Honeywell, we understand that business aviation is at the forefront of delivering a connected aircraft that enables us to be as productive in the air as we are on the ground.” David M. Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
“Using business aircraft allows us to visit three or four cities in a single day, and that’s just not possible with any other mode of transportation.” Andrew C. Taylor, Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings
“Business aviation is magic when people and time count most.” Dick Devos, President, Windquest Group
“Business aviation takes Salamander Hotels & Resorts to new heights by putting us on the ground where we’re needed most.” Sheila C. Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts
“Business aviation has given our employees the flexibility they need to reach new markets, explore new opportunities, and establish the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company as the most-recognized brand in the lawn and garden industry.” Jim Hagedorn, CEO, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
“By allowing me to be in more places in less time, business aviation keeps Life Time Fitness a strong and healthy company.” Bahram Akradi, Chairman and CEO, Life Time Fitness
“Business aviation is an important transportation tool for small, medium and large organizations all across the United States. It helps companies and communities everywhere connect and compete at the speed of business.” Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
“Business aviation is a valuable tool FirstEnergy uses to better manage our travel time and improve employee productivity.” Anthony J. Alexander, President and CEO, FirstEnergy
“For Sanderson Farms, business aviation provides quick and efficient access to our locations so we can provide the hands-on management our industry demands.” Joe F. Sanderson, Chairman and CEO, Sanderson Farms
“Our people in the home office seldom spend more than one-day round trip, which enables them to get their rest and have balanced lives while avoiding the congestion of airports.” Herb Kohler, Chairman and CEO, Kohler Companies
Travelling by private air is clearly an option preferred by business leaders because it helps business grow. The increased availability of these options allow clients the flexibility to quickly be where they need to be, access new clients and new markets while saving time and stress. With improved schedules, leaders can appoint more time to be more productive and spend more time grooming happier employees. Ultimately it’s a time machine for the busy leader whose most expensive commodity is their time.