A public relations nightmare took another damaging turn for the business aviation industry last week as Congress took the unprecedented step of trying to ban certain auto manufacturers from owning or leasing private aircraft.
The public relations travails began in November when an ABC News broadcast showed the nation´s chief automobile executives stepping off their corporate business jets and heading to Capitol Hill seeking billions of dollars in financial assistance. Widely chastised by members of Congress and many media outlets for traveling via business jet to seek federal funds, the CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and GM responded by traveling by car in their subsequent trip to Washington to present detailed restructuring plans to Congress. And Ford and Chrysler ended an era in business aviation by closing their respective flight departments and the jobs they provided (BA, Dec. 8/257).
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