Jet Republic Backs Out of Giant Learjet Deal

Business Jet Traveler » October 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 5:00am

Startup private jet provider Jet Republic, which planned to launch a fractional share business in Europe, suspended operations at its Portuguese subsidiary in August. As a result, Bombardier announced the cancellation of the order Jet Republic placed last year for 25 Learjet 60XRs, worth $340 million, as well as options for another 85 of the midsize twinjets. Bombardier said it remains committed to the Learjet 60XR program and insists it will not alter its production plans.

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack