From AOPA e-pilot today:
ECLIPSE TO PROVIDE JETS FOR AIR TAXI SERVICE
Two companies have moved one step closer to offering an alternative to traditional scheduled air transportation. Nimbus Group has placed an order for 1,000 Eclipse 500 jets that are to be used as part of an air taxi service throughout North and South America. “With this fleet order our vision of an air taxi service will become a reality. We at Eclipse could not be happier,” said Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation Corporation president and CEO. Under the terms of the agreement, Eclipse will deliver the aircraft to Nimbus over a five-year period beginning in 2004. Nimbus also has committed to making an equity investment in Eclipse, but no details of that deal or the aircraft order were disclosed.
You would think somebody could have seen this coming and write a book about it or something. Oh, wait, somebody did.