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Airplanes Help Firms Compete in a Global Economy
Letter to The Boston Globe

April 26, 2012

A recent column critical of Liberty Mutual's use of business aircraft ("Soaring greed," Brian McGrory, Metro, April 18) acknowledges that an airplane is an important asset in today's globally competitive economy.

But the column did a disservice by failing to go on to acknowledge a few simple facts: We know that companies value productivity, flexibility, and dependability in their business dealings and business travel. These are the hallmarks of business aviation.

A business airplane allows employees to conduct business en route, make multiple stops in a day, reach a community with little or no scheduled airline service, or reach a client in need of quick response.

In fact, approximately 95 percent of the companies ranked by leading business magazines as America's "most innovative," "most admired," "best brand," or "best customer service companies" rely on business aviation.

Here's the bottom line: In Boston, and at Hanscom Field, business aviation helps Massachusetts companies compete and succeed, especially in a tough economy.

Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association