The airlines often are the appropriate way to go. However, depending on a specific trip’s itinerary and the value placed on passenger time and productivity, travel by business aircraft often is the least expensive way to go when all costs and benefits are considered. Consequently, business aircraft often better pass a cost/benefit test. These employee travel judgments, typically made on a trip-by-trip basis, are subject to the same cost/benefit considerations and analysis applicable to any business decision. There also are some important trips that are just too difficult and time consuming to make on the airlines, making the trip untenable and subsequently untaken unless a more effective form of transportation, such as business aircraft, allows the opportunity to be realized.
Business aircraft can fly directly between any two locations served by nearly 3,500 airports in the contiguous U.S. – over ten times the locations served by scheduled airlines. "On-the-road" costs, such as hotels, meals, airport parking, rental cars, taxis, etc., can be minimized by efficient, shorter itineraries. Further, because of the privacy and quiet (no competitors watching/listening) available to business aircraft passengers, a lack of interruptions (no strangers or crying babies aboard), the availability of club seating and tables (to spread out, share, work), and access to office equipment, the office-like environment on business aircraft can facilitate unusually high levels of collaboration and productivity.