New Study Highlights Business Aviation Value During 'The Great Recession'
Oct 30, 2012
Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, email@example.com
Washington, DC, October 30, 2012 - The National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed a new study showing that even during
the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business
aviation outperformed the field in important measures of shareholder value and
recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers across a range of
industries representing the U.S. economy.
The study, entitled, Business Aviation: Maintaining Shareholder Value Through
Turbulent Times, is the fourth in the Business Aviation Users study series to
be completed by NEXA Advisors, LLC. The study concludes that companies in the
S&P 500 that use business aviation achieved superior financial performance
in a number of key measures and also displayed superior ability to respond to
the severe downturn.
"This answers the question as to why so many American enterprises continue
to depend upon business aviation, even in - and perhaps, especially in - tough
economic times," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
The study found that generally speaking, companies not using business aviation
during the recession lost profitability, employees, and even dropped off the
S&P 500 rankings at far higher rates than companies using business
aviation, revealing that use of an airplane for business has a positive impact
on enterprise resiliency following what NEXA termed "the Great
Recession" period of 2007-2011.
For example, the analysis found that jobs at a diverse range of companies that
use business aircraft, from consumer to energy, health care and industrials,
not only recovered, but also have grown beyond pre-recession levels, while
non-user companies have recovered at much slower rates.
Comparisons of employment matched the
better performance of business aviation users in financial measures of
shareholder value, including revenues, earnings and profit growth and market
The three previous NEXA studies, which analyzed Standard & Poor's (S&P)
500 companies, S&P 600 small-cap companies, and government use of business aircraft
at the federal, state and local levels, all concluded that business aviation
contributes to private and public enterprises' ability to deliver greater value
to shareholders and taxpayers.
The four studies make a convincing case that use of a business airplane is the
sign of a well-managed enterprise.
"These studies make clear that business aviation delivers value,
boosting efficiency, productivity and flexibility, enabling organizations to
excel in good times, and especially in a turbulent economic environment,"
The earlier studies of large-cap and small-to-mid-size companies took place
before the full impact of the downturn hit the U.S. economy, and found that the
business aircraft users outperformed peer organizations in key financial and
non-financial measures, including "best of" rankings. The metrics
from this study, which compiles recession-era data, show that using business
aircraft as a productivity enhancer brings an "inoculation
effect" that held through the toughest period of the severe downturn.
The study was commissioned by NBAA in conjunction with the No Plane No Gain
advocacy campaign, which educates policymakers and opinion leaders about the
value of business aviation to citizens, companies, and communities across the
United States. The campaign is jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more, visit
Review a full copy of Business Aviation: Maintaining Shareholder Value Through Turbulent Times.
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No Plane No Gain: Sampling of 2010 Coverage
Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, a concerted effort has been made to deliver the message about the importance of business aviation through national and local news outlets. This sampling of national and local television coverage in 2010, highlights the campaign's effectiveness in communicating the industry's importance.
NBAA's Bolen on Fox Business Network
Click here to see Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, in an interview on Fox Business Network
NBAA's Bolen on DC's Newschannel 8
In an interview with Newschannel 8, Bolen explains that "... business aviation is prudent, cost-effective, and oftentimes, the only way to get where you're going."