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Airplane charter services used for specialized government purposes

The Washington Post recently featured an article about a scrapped plan in Virginia for the local government to employ a private plane service. Although it was an option that was never fully put into use, the situation can be interpreted as a demonstration of the versatile way that planes might be used, not just for individual use but for state use.

Specifically, the governor of the Old Dominion state, Terry McAuliffe, investigated adding to the planes that the state already maintains to take him and other governmental figures around.

According to the source, Virginia already has two planes, but was looking into adding another vehicle in order to increase their capabilities and also own it for other entities to use.

A representative of the governor named Brian Coy was quoted explaining why this would have been useful from the governor's standpoint. This would include "renting a jet out to hospitals and organ-transplant businesses, because the turboprops don't fly fast enough to do certain types of organs and the jets do."

This justification seems to be similar to the way that companies claim to need private planes for their higher executives. Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that more than 140 CEOs used a private plane, thanks to their position within their respective organization last year. A representative from the consultants of the Hay Group said that private plane use persists because it represents "safety, health and well-being" for the high-profile users.

Whether it's for corporate travel or some other state-sponsored means of charter jet services, the larger purpose of a charter airplane should be thought of when companies are assessing its potential usefulness.