““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.’” ”
Charter Industry Seeks New Audit Standard
The Air Charter Safety Foundation is working to develop an industry-wide audit standard by the end of this year. Such a standard would free charter operators from the need to undergo audits by each of several competing companies. Auditors from CharterX/Wyvern and ARG/US, the industry leaders, have been invited to participate in the project, and representatives from such private-jet companies as Flight Options, NetJets and Sentient have already signed on. Participating companies have committed to adhering to the standards once they are published.