““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.’” ”
NetJets, FlightSafety Flying High
Third-quarter pretax earnings at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” division, which includes FlightSafety International and NetJets, climbed 15 percent from the same quarter last year, to $281 million. The increase reflects stronger demand for pilot training at FlightSafety and, at Netjets, higher revenues, more favorable foreign currency exchange rates and slightly better operating margins. Berkshire noted that FlightSafety’s earnings rose primarily because of increased training demand in the business aviation and regional airline markets.