VLJs: Iran's Next Big Thing?

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As the air taxi business based on very light jets (VLJs) gets plenty of hype all over the aviation world, even places that don't normally figure prominently in the business are taking notice. Iran, for example, seems to think there's a place for VLJ air taxis to fill in the transportation gaps over its vast expanses. "Considering the fact that the length of landing line for these ultra light aircrafts is less than 1500 meters, most of the Iran's present airports are technically suitable to accept these taxis," the Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHNA) wrote recently.

Apparently Iran is interested in all the same purported benefits of air taxis as more traditional markets for such services seem to be. "Some privileges of air taxis are as follows: flexible flight schedules based on the demands of passengers, utilizing low weight, small sized and high speed aircrafts, it can also serve requirements of hub-and-spoke system and fly between second small airports," the agency's brave translation observed. However, it also noted that to achieve these benefits, the government would have to write new regulations to address the specific needs of the air taxi business.