““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.’” ”
Avantair Announces Revenue Increase
Avantair, the only publicly traded, standalone fractional operator, has announced financial results for the first quarter of 2009. Revenues totaled $34.7 million, a 16-percent gain over the same quarter last year. During the quarter, the company said, it recorded a "substantial" increase in hours flown and added a 52nd aircraft to its fleet. It also announced the Axis Membership Club "to bridge the gap between the financial commitment of a fractional share and charter time cards."