NetJets Ends Middle East Fractionals Partnership

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 10:45am

NetJets has ended its franchise agreement for fractional-jet-share services with National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia, which has been known as NetJets Middle East. The companies had renewed a three-year joint-venture agreement in November 2009, and it’s unclear why NetJets opted to cancel the deal prematurely.  The fractional provider, a division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, said it will provide alternative solutions to its shareowners who need to fly in this region. 

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““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.’” ”

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