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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1986
Fleet size 650+
Destinations Point to point
Parent company Berkshire Hathaway
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Key people Adam Johnson, Chairman and CEO
Bruce Sundlun, Founder
Paul Tibbets, Founder
Richard Santulli, Founder

NetJets, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, offers fractional ownership and rental of private business jets.[1] Formerly called Executive Jet Aviation, NetJets Inc. was founded in 1964. It was the first private business jet charter and aircraft management company in the world. NetJets sells part ownership or shares (called fractional ownership) in aircraft, this gives the fractional owner a share in the use of the aircraft.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • Taxes 3
  • Fleet 4
    • Orders 4.1
  • NetJets companies 5
  • Affiliated companies 6
  • Accidents and incidents 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


NetJets Inc., formerly Executive Jet Aviation, was founded in 1964 as the first private business jet charter and aircraft management company in the world. The founding members of the board of directors of Executive Jet Aviation Corporation (EJA) included Air Force generals Curtis E. LeMay and Paul Tibbetts, Washington lawyer and former military pilot Bruce Sundlun, and entertainers James Stewart and Arthur Godfrey among others, with retired Air Force Brigadier General Olbert F. ("Dick") Lassiter as president and chairman of the board.[2][3] EJA initially began operations in 1964 with a fleet of ten Learjet 23 aircraft.[4] Bruce Sundlun became EJA president in 1970, and Paul Tibbets became president in 1976.[5] By the late 1970s, EJA was doing business with approximately 250 contract flying customers and logging more than three million miles per year.

Executive Jet Aviation Corporation was purchased in 1984 by former Goldman Sachs executive Richard Santulli and he became chairman and CEO of the corporation. In 1986 the NetJets program was created by Santulli as the first fractional aircraft ownership program. In 1998, after being a NetJets customer for three years, Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway company, acquired NetJets Inc.[4]

In early August 2009 Santulli resigned as CEO and was replaced by David Sokol.[6] NetJets Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters from New Jersey back to its original home in Columbus, Ohio, following the departure of the company's founder, Richard Santulli.[7]

On March 30, 2011, Sokol resigned unexpectedly and was replaced with then-President Jordan Hansell.

In September 2014, NetJets acquired approval to launch its aircraft charter service in China, having worked with Chinese authorities since 2012 to secure the operating certificate.[8]


NetJets International Gulfstream IV-SP N477QS. The larger Netjets aircraft all wear this paint scheme, and those based in the US have the letters "QS" (signifying 'Quarter Share,' the typical fractional ownership) as part of their registrations

NetJets sells fractions of specific aircraft, chosen from several available types at the time of purchase. Owners then have guaranteed access (50–400 hours annually, depending on share size) to that aircraft with as little as four hours’ notice. If the owner's aircraft is unavailable for some reason, another aircraft of the same type, or a larger aircraft, will be provided. Fractional owners pay a monthly maintenance fee and an “occupied” hourly operating fee. The latter is charged only when an owner or guest is on board, not when the aircraft is flying to a pick up point, or flying to another location after completing a flight.

For companies or individuals that require less than the minimum 50 flight hours and the five-year commitment of fractional ownership, they can buy flight hours in 25-hour increments.


NetJets has been involved in a tax dispute with the US revenue service IRS. Commercial airlines are charged tax per passenger ticket to pay for various Federal Aviation Administration activities. General aviation operations are not charged the same tax. The IRS has argued that the NetJets fractional ownership model is really disguised commercial aviation in some cases, and has assessed NetJets with unpaid taxes and penalties exceeding US$ 366 million.[9] NetJets has sued the IRS over this assessment and previously paid taxes and penalties exceeding $643 million.[10] The recent FAA re-authorization bill contains a provision that would (temporarily) address the issue by changing the law to support NetJets and other fractional ownership airlines, after what was reported to be a $2.5 million lobbying effort by NetJets, the largest fractional jet ownership airline by market share.[11]


NetJets' fleet is the largest private jet fleet in the world with more than 650 aircraft worldwide. Jets in their fleet are classified by cabin size:

Light Cabin

Midsized Cabin

Large Cabin


On June 11, 2012, NetJets placed the largest aircraft order in private aviation history. NetJets placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier Challenger 350 and 25 Bombardier Challenger 650 jets, with options for additional 125 Challenger 350 and 50 Challenger 650 aircraft.[14] On the same day, it also placed a firm order for 25 Cessna Citation Latitude with options for 125 more.[15]

NetJets companies

Executive Jet Management, Inc.
Manages on-demand air charter services, charter aircraft management, and aircraft management services. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
NetJets Aviation, Inc.
Operates all aircraft in the NetJets U.S. Fleet. Based in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Marquis Jet Partners, Inc.
Sells the Marquis Jet Card prepaid flight hours package. Became a wholly owned subsidiary of NetJets in 2010.

Affiliated companies

NetJets Europe is a partially owned subsidiary based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Accidents and incidents

  • On May 2, 2002, NetJets Flight 397, a Citation 560 landed more than halfway down the runway in Leakey, TX. The aircraft overran the departure end of the runway and collided with trees. A post-impact fire consumed the aircraft after the crew and four passengers were able to evacuate. [16]
  • On November 25, 2003, NetJets Flight 632 landed with the nose gear retracted for undetermined reasons. [17]
  • On August 18, 2004, Netjets Flight 961 experienced a landing gear failure in landing at Jackson, WY. The two passengers and two crew members were not injured. [18]
  • On September 26, 2005, Netjets Flight 669 experienced a landing gear failure while taxiing for departure in Columbus, OH. The two crew members were not injured. [19]
  • On January 5, 2006, the crew of Netjets Flight 391 failed to maintain adequate airspeed during landing at the Woodruff, WI airport. The right wing contacted the runway, the aircraft departed the runway and impacted a snow bank. The two crew members and five passengers were uninjured. [20]
  • On August 28, 2006, Netjets Flight 879, a Hawker 800XP, collided mid air with a glider over Smith, NV while on approach to Reno, NV. Flight 879 landed safely with only minor injuries on board, the pilot of the glider parachuted to safety. [21]
  • On May 27, 2011, NetJets Flight 749, a Gulfstream G-200, landed with the landing gear retracted in Newburgh, NY. [22]
  • On July 23, 2014, NetJets Flight 731, a Gulfstream G-200, experienced a tire failure upon landing in Aspen, Colorado. [23]


  1. ^ Hermann Simon mentioned this company in his correspondent Book as an example of a "Hidden Champion" (Simon, Hermann: Hidden Champions of the 21st Century : Success Strategies of unknown World Market Leaders. London: Springer, 2009.- ISBN 978-0-387-98147-5. P. 13)
  2. ^ p. 58 in: U.S. Congress, House Committee on Banking and Currency. (1972). The Penn Central Failure and the Role of Financial Institutions. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 336pp.
  3. ^ "Homage to Dick Lassiter". International Air Bahama Crew Association. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Netjets History". Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Paul Tibbets: A Rendezvous with History by Di Freeze". Airport Journals. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cuts at NetJets delay expansion plans in Ohio". Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Netjets History". Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "NetJets wins approval to launch China service" (Press release). Reuters. 23 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Andrew Harris. "Buffett’s NetJets Countersued by for Unpaid Taxes". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Erik Holm. "Berkshire's NetJets Sues IRS Over Tax Bill". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Ariel Edwards-Levy & Ryan Grim (6 March 2012). Cut Our Taxes"Hike"Warren Buffett Company: Please . Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "NetJets takes delivery of 100th US-assembled Embraer Phenom",  
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Name Inquiry Results". FAA. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  14. ^ "NetJets Orders Up to 275 Bombardier Challenger Business Jets". 2012-06-11. 
  15. ^ "NetJets order big for Cessna, but impact may be delayed". 2012-06-03. 
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  24. ^ "Netjets Aviation #322 ✈ 19-Sep-2014 ✈ KBNA - KCXO". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Plane slides off runway at regional airport in Conroe". KPRC-TV. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

External links

  • NetJets website
  • Marquis Jet website
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