““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Avantair Adds Turboprops, reports higher revenues
While bigger fractional ownership providers are scaling back, Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair plans to add six more Avantis to its fleet before year-end. CEO Steven Santo attributes the growth partly to the operating economics of the twin-turboprop Avanti, which has a cabin equivalent to that of a midsize business jet, a maximum cruise speed of more than 400 knots and low fuel burn. The company's revenue in the first quarter was up 16 percent from the same quarter last year.