Originally the domain of wealthy executives, the rise of smaller aircraft could make air travel more available to the rest of us who also don´t want to have to go through the chaos of airports, inconvenient schedules or milk-run routes.
Most of the newer jets seat around seven passengers and can fly more than 1, 000 miles at speeds approaching 460 mph. The cheapest cut the price of existing business jets by more than half, although they are generally slower and fly shorter distances then the more expensive bigger jets.
Two companies have received Federal Aviation Administration certification for the jets so far and are set to begin making deliveries. They are privately owned Eclipse Aviation, whose second-largest investor is Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, and Cessna Aircraft Co., a unit of Textron Inc.
"It could really open up air travel to a whole different group of folks," said Vern Raburn, Eclipse´s chief executive.
Cessna believes it will corner much of the market on sales for corporate travel and individual owner / operators.
Cooooool! Bring it on. At about the price of a business travel seat? Am I dreaming? Lets wait and see.