““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.’” ”
XOJet Flights Increased 30 Percent Last Year
San Francisco-based XOJet experienced 30 percent year-over-year growth in flight hours in 2011. By comparison, the private aviation industry overall experienced 5 percent growth, according to the FAA. During 2011, the company opened a 22,000-square-foot operations center in Sacramento, Calif., added Hawker 800XP aircraft to its fleet and introduced two programs: XOJet Coast2Coast, which was designed for travelers who fly cross-country more than three times a year; and XOJet Preferred Access, which offers reduced-cost flights for those willing to be flexible about such factors as departure date, time and aircraft.