Contract negotiations between NetJets management and the leadership of Local 1108, which represents the fractional provider’s pilots, seem to have gone from bad to worse, according to the union. The union said that mediated negotiations last month didn’t bring the two groups together but split them farther apart. NetJets management declined to comment.
Holders of the Marquis Jet Card will have new restrictions that will require they book flights farther in advance during peak travel times. Also, starting June 1, cards must be purchased 60 days in advance of a peak travel period to fly during that period. Card holders will also no longer be guaranteed their subscribed airplane model, but only one in its size group during peak travel days.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–The NTSB blamed the accident on “the pilot’s failure to land the aircraft at the proper touchdown point…
to allow adequate stopping distance.”
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–Amazingly, there were no fatalities when Hawker N879QS, collided with a Schleicher sailplane at 16,000 feet 42 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Cleared to descend from 16,000 to 11,000, the Hawker captain saw something out of the corner of her eye to the left. She then saw the glider filling the windshield. She pushed the yoke down and to the right to try to avoid the glider.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce. On May 27 the pilots conducted simultaneous informational picketing sessions at Teterboro Airport, N.J., and West Palm Beach Airport, Fla.
First it was NetJets’ pilots who picketed and finally got a new labor contract; now it’s the fractional’s mechanics and other support personnel who last month began “informational picketing” at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Their contract became renewable in January last year.
After the NetJets-operated Raytheon Hawker that collided with a sailplane in Nevada on August 28 (see page 106) prepared to land, one of the jet’s passengers cinched up his seat belt and the inboard portion of the seat belt detached. The passenger moved to another seat and the same thing happened.
A former NetJets researcher places high odds on the likelihood of the fractional pioneer operating a fleet of supersonic business jets. Michael Baur, now with air-limo start-up Pogo, told attendees at last month’s SATS demonstration in Virginia that, while at NetJets, he reported directly to chairman Richard Santulli on his research into the suitability of VLJs and SSBJs for frax ops.
The Lufthansa Private Jet service, which allows passengers to book NetJets Europe aircraft for connections with the German airline’s scheduled services, now includes Frankfurt Airport. When the program began at the end of March it served only Munich.
All of the major providers have jet-card programs: NetJets has Marquis, Flight Options has JetPass, CitationShares has Vector and Flexjet has Premier Fleet. It should be noted that the Marquis program is unique among the card programs because it is run by an outside party that buys shares in NetJets aircraft and resells blocks of time in them. The other three fractional providers administer their respective jet-card programs themselves.