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HHS Head Too Busy to Fly Commercial, Says Rep

Democrats are calling for an investigation

(Newser) - Government officials "check every possible source for travel needs, including commercial, but commercial travel is not always feasible" for Tom Price, who has "an incredibly demanding schedule." That's how a spokesperson defended the Health and Human Services secretary Wednesday after a Politico report claimed Price used... More »

Trump's HHS Head May Have a Private Jet Problem: Politico

Tom Price's 5 recent flights on official business cost an estimated $60K

(Newser) - Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took five private jet flights for official business, which cost tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial flights would have—a "sharp departure" from the practices of his predecessors, per Politico , and also an odd... More »

For Whopping Fee, You Can Ring in the New Year Twice

PrivateFly's 12-hour flight from Sydney to LA makes it possible

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when most of us swill cheap champagne from plastic glasses and the ultra-rich board the world's fastest long-range private jet so they can ring in the New Year twice. For a measly $184,500, you and 17 of your nearest and dearest... More »

Trump's Jet Has Been Flying With an Expired Registration

It's an offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison

(Newser) - You have to be pretty wealthy to own your own jet. You don't have to be nearly as wealthy to register it, which costs just $5 every three years. But the New York Times reports that hasn't stopped Donald Trump from letting the registration for his private Cessna... More »

Delta's Posh New Upgrade: Private Jet

It costs $300 to $800, and it's barely available

(Newser) - For frequent flyers who'd like to feel wealthy for a day, Delta's got a new upgrade that will cost the shirts off their backs yet still feel like a pretty big bang for the buck. For $300 to $800 a flight, "high-value customers" who've achieved elite... More »

Rep With Downton Office Likes Lavish Travel, Too

Schock billed taxpayers for private plane flights

(Newser) - Rep. Aaron Schock has been billing the taxpayer for a lot more than his lavish, Downton Abbey-inspired office , an AP investigation into a man it terms "a rising Republican star" finds. Over the last few years, the Illinois lawmaker has spent at least $40,000 in taxpayer and campaign... More »

Americans With Ebola Coming Home on Private Jet

Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol will be treated in Atlanta

(Newser) - Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said today. One is expected to arrive tomorrow, and the other a few days later, according to Atlanta's... More »

Mogul Among 7 Killed in Fiery Private Jet Crash

'Inquirer' co-owner aboard plane bound for Atlantic City

(Newser) - A Gulfstream IV bound for Atlantic City crashed in a small airfield near Boston as it was taking off late yesterday, killing all seven people aboard. "There were no survivors," a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority tells the AP . "Our thoughts and prayers are with the... More »

2 Killed as Jet Crashes in Indiana Town

3 hospitalized in South Bend

(Newser) - A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed into an Indiana neighborhood yesterday, hitting three homes and killing two people aboard the plane, authorities said. The crash injured two other people aboard the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet and one person on the ground, a fire official said. The jet had... More »

You Know Things Are Bad When ... RIM Selling Jet

As part of BlackBerry maker's move to cut costs by $1B

(Newser) - Pity poor, poor RIM, which will soon have to make do with just one of its two private jets. Bloomberg spoke with two sources who revealed that the decision to sell the nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA F50EX is part of the company's plan to trim operating costs by a... More »

Trump's Crazy Tour of His Sick Jet

Everything that can be gold-plated has been gold-plated

(Newser) - If you've never wanted to hear the phrase, "And here we are in Mr. Trump's bedroom," then turn back now. Dropping $100 million to retrofit a 757 jet that used to belong to that pauper Paul Allen apparently wasn't enough for the Donald. He also... More »

Hottest Ride to Summer Camp: Private Plane

Forget the station wagon—we've got a Cessna

(Newser) - More parents are going to luxurious extremes so their kids can rough it. Wealthy families are increasingly riding private jets to get to and from remote summer camps in Maine, New Hampshire, and upstate New York. Over the past weekend—a common date for camp visiting days—private jets clogged... More »

Berlusconi Flew Pot to Call Girls on Private Jet

Says one of those call girls, an aspiring model

(Newser) - The tawdry allegations against Silvio Berlusconi just keep on coming: Now, a call girl (who claims the Italian premier paid her more than $14,000 for sex) says he used his private jet to supply marijuana to the sex parties at his villa. “There was grass available in all... More »

Travolta Dogs Run Over at Airport

Family pets killed at Maine airport

(Newser) - Two of John Travolta's dogs have been killed in a freak accident at a Maine airport. After a jet carrying members of the Travolta family landed at Bangor International Airport last week, "two small dogs were taken for a walk by someone who is not a family member,"... More »

Stranded Travelers Turn to Private Jets

Demand for piston-engined aircraft able to enter no-fly zone soars

(Newser) - Private jet firms have found a silver lining in the cloud of ash belching out of that Icelandic volcano as desperate—and wealthy—travelers try to reach their destinations at any cost. Adam Twidell, CEO of jet-hire firm PrivateFly, says that while pilots can't be bribed to breach the no-fly... More »

Tiger, Elin Go on Family Trip

Woods, Nordegren, children leave Orlando on private jet

(Newser) - Tiger Woods and estranged wife Elin Nordegren played tennis together yesterday, then left Orlando on one of the golfer's private jets. Daughter Sam and son Charlie accompanied the couple, whose destination was unknown. After Nordegren's conspicuous absence from Woods' lengthy public apology Friday, their actions "indicate a thaw in... More »

Madonna's New Daughter Leaves Malawi

Private jet ferries Mercy to London

(Newser) - Madonna’s newly adopted daughter left Malawi for London yesterday on a plane owned by the pop singer, Access Hollywood reports. Chifundo “Mercy” James was accompanied on the flight by a nanny and child nurse, airport sources said, and should meet her new brothers and sisters—including David, also... More »

Death-Defying Adventure Normal for 'Super Repo Man'

(Newser) - No one told Nick Popovich there’d be an army of neo-Nazis guarding the plane he’d been hired to grab. But when they put a gun to his temple, he didn’t flinch. “You better go ahead and shoot,” he said, “cause I’m grabbing that... More »

JPMorgan Spending $138M to Update Swank Jet Fleet

Two Gulfstreams and a new hangar are slated for purchase

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase, recipient of $25 billion in taxpayer money, is about to be the proud owner of two new luxury private jets and a lavishly renovated Westchester County airport hangar, complete with roof garden, ABC News reports. The $138 million purchase, described as “completely tone deaf” by one watchdog,... More »

Stanford Had a Castle, Fleet of Planes

Paternity-suit docs reveal lifestyle of the rich and fraudulent

(Newser) - Say this for Sir Allen Stanford: He knew how to live large. The alleged fraudster once lived in his own Florida castle, complete with moat, and owned, among other baubles, $100 million worth of airplanes, Bloomberg reports. Those assets and others are detailed in court documents from a paternity case... More »

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