A VIP Convair 880 Put Jet Aviation On the Map

Carl Hirschmann observed that clients from the Middle East tended to travel with a large number of family members, friends and staff. He believed that they would begin to buy larger aircraft. And he saw a future in converting airliners, by adding custom VIP cabins. Hirschmann made a few phone calls...
John Morris

John was editor of Aviation Week's ShowNews for nearly two decades. He retired in 2020. His background in business journalism before joining Aviation Week includes stints at Reuters, the American Banker daily banking newspaper and as business news editor at the Milwaukee Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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