In several books and articles that I've read regarding the Boeing Business Jet and the Airbus Corporate Jet, many people have stated that based upon their operating costs per hour, they aren't profitable/an advantage over airline or smaller biz-jets on flights, unless carrying around 50 passengers. How is this? What types of fares are they comparing this to?
In my figures, both are let's say, $2,000/hr. to operate. If you take that over a 10-hour flight, that's only $20,000. If you compare that to half of the round-trip fare for the airline equivalent of what the execs would be flying (Business Class @ $7,000), or $3,500, you'd only need to have 6 passengers (5.71...) in order for the BBJ to become a better deal. Where exactly do these people get their information?
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