A Step Up from First

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In an age of Sar­banes-Ox­ley where publicly listed com­pa­nies are un­der in­creased scru­tiny for per­ceived ex­trav­a­gance, cor­po­ra­tions are more sen­si­tive to how lux­ury spend­ing is viewed by prac­ti­cally every­one – reg­u­la­tors and rank-and-file work­ers, the press, the share­hold­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic.

And be­sides, with flat-bed seats in busi­ness class rapidly be­com­ing the norm for long-haul flights, more and more com­pa­nies have come to re­al­ize that their em­ploy­ees can still en­joy a healthy rest when fly­ing in busi­ness, with lit­tle to no ad­verse ef­fects on pro­duc­tiv­ity. So what value is there in a con­sid­er­ably higher fare?

Of course, for some com­pa­nies the most de­sir­able – and per­haps most cost-ef­fec­tive – travel op­tion for the ul­tra-af­flu­ent is pri­vate jet, es­pe­cially when trav­el­ing in a group. And it’s a seg­ment that has not gone un­no­ticed by com­mer­cial air­lines, as a num­ber of

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