Wednesday, March 20, 2002

The Future of Air Travel

Stewart Alsop has another good column in the new Fortune magazine, this time about Eclipse Aviation. Eclipse is building jet airplanes that will retail, assuming low inflation, for about $900,000 and in so doing will probably spawn the age of the air taxi. Anyone who has marched the Ho Chi Minh Trail at O'Hare knows that the age of the air taxi cannot come soon enough.

The first I heard of Eclipse Aviation was in a long and excellent piece by James Fallows that appeared last year in The Atlantic Monthy. In it, Fallows addressed the question of what air travel would become in the near future. If you didn't see it, click here. It's fairly long, but well worth it.