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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