““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.’” ”
Executive Jet Management Sweetens Charter Deal
To encourage owners to make their aircraft available for charter, Executive Jet Management will waive management and conformity fees for charter-friendly airplanes that are available for more than 200 flight hours per year. Adding an airplane to the EJM charter certificate requires a detailed conformity evaluation that typically costs $5,000 to $14,000, depending on the aircraft's age and the hours needed to conduct the research. The charter management fee is about $2,500 a month.
Besides waiving fees, the Columbus, Ohio-based operator will guarantee charter hours "in some circumstances," said Ronald Silverman, senior vice president for client operations, "depending on the location, how available [the airplane] is to us and the type of airplane." EJM, he added, will not pay owners lower charter-buy rates to offset