productivityBusiness aviation is an essential tool to tens of thousands of companies of all types and sizes that are trying to compete in a market that demands speed, flexibility, efficiency and productivity. Contrary to popular belief, the list of these companies extends well beyond the billion-dollar powerhouse companies you would expect. In fact, most of these companies - over 85% of them - are small and mid-size businesses. Additionally, an NBAA survey revealed that 72% of passengers aboard business airplanes are non-executive employees. Companies often send teams of employees to a given destination because it is the most cost-effective and efficient means of transportation.

productivityA reputable study by national accounting and consulting firm shows that business aircraft users had a dominant presence, on average of 92 percent, among the most innovative, most admired, best brands, and best places to work, as well as dominating the list of companies strongest in corporate governance and responsibility. The report also finds that business aviation alone is the only asset capable of accelerating strategic transactions and therefore providing a competitive edge to top-performing companies.

Below are some of the primary reasons companies utilize business aviation as a solution to some of their transportation challenges.

airport· Accessing Communities with Little or No Airline Service
Business aviation serves ten times the number of communities (more than 5,000 airports) served by commercial airlines (about 500 airports). This means business aviation can allow companies to locate plants or facilities in more rural areas with little or no commercial airline service. The common trend in the airline industry in recent years has been reducing capacity and service to smaller areas, focusing more on larger domestic and international markets.

· Flexible Scheduling
Business aviation provides near-total scheduling flexibility, even to the point of being able to change destinations en route. The aircraft and crew work on the passengers' schedule, completely the opposite of traveling by airline. Meetings can be moved up or back, shortened or extended without risk, penalty, or creating scheduling pressures. Businesses don’t always know in advance where or when opportunities will present themselves. In today’s business environment, companies need to be nimble enough to move quickly. Business aviation provides flexibility for companies that need to ensure employees can respond to changing demands and circumstances in rapidly changing situations.

cancelled· Schedule Predictability
More than 3% of all commercial airline flights are canceled. Nearly 25% are delayed. If an airliner is significantly delayed in the morning, that aircraft will likely run late throughout the entire day causing not just one load of passengers, but maybe five or six loads of passengers to miss connections throughout the day. Those numbers can be much higher depending on the area of the country. Today, because of reduction in services creating record load factors on commercial airlines, if your flight is canceled or a delay causes you to miss your connection, the odds of you getting on the next flight are significantly reduced. Airlines are not obligated to guarantee you a seat on the next flight if yours is canceled. You are almost always put on a standby list. You may finally get on a flight many hours, or even days later. When the future of a company and its employees is dependent upon you arriving on time, business aviation is an important tool.

· Saving Employee Time
Efficient management of employees' time is essential to maximizing productivity in any business. The value of an employee's time often exceeds the cost of utilizing business aviation. A trip for a team of people that might take three or four days using airline travel may be accomplished in a single day using business jets.

productivity· Increasing Productivity En Route
Business jets provide a secure environment in which employees may work more productively while traveling, without interruptions, distractions, or eavesdropping. A study by Louis Harris & Associates found that executives felt they were 20% more productive in a business aircraft than they were in the office. Conversely, those same executives felt that they were 40% less productive in an airliner due to many distractions and lack of privacy. Even the typical configuration of a business aircraft is designed to serve this purpose, utilizing club seating, tables, Internet and telephone connectivity, power outlets, and appropriate lighting.

· Maximizing Safety
Turbine-powered aircraft (jets) flown by two-person, professional crews have a safety record comparable with, or better than scheduled airlines, and Mid South Jets has a perfect safety record. Utilizing business aviation provides the opportunity for businesses to exercise total control over the passenger and cargo manifests, as well as pilot quality and training, aircraft maintenance, and operational safety and security standards.

image· Projecting a Positive Image
The arrival and departure of employees via business aircraft is a sign of an aggressive and proactive company culture to customers and vendors. It represents your progressive nature and demonstrates a clear interest in efficiency, effective time management, and productivity.

· Increasing Industrial Security
For many companies, protection of personnel or sensitive company equipment or products from uncontrolled public exposure alone is enough to justify the use of a business aircraft. It also allows employees to discuss sensitive and proprietary information in a secure environment without fear of eavesdropping, industrial espionage or physical threat, and your itinerary is kept confidential.

hometime· Minimizing Nonbusiness Hours Away from Home
Most employees report that their personal and family time away from work is critical to their job satisfaction, employee morale, and directly impacts their productivity while working. Providing schedule efficiency and flexibility through business aviation allows employees to not only maximize their productivity while traveling, but also minimize their time away from home.

· Providing a Return to Shareholders
Studies have found that businesses which use business aviation as a solution to some of their transportation challenges return more to shareholders than companies in the same industry that do not utilize business aviation.

fragile· Moving Equipment
When companies need to immediately move sensitive or critical equipment, business aviation is often the best solution.