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GE Board Was Kept in the Dark About CEO's Extra PlaneWhile CEO, Mr. Immelt wanted a backup jet in case there was a mechanical issue that could lead to delays, the people said. Flight crews were told to not openly refer to the backup planes, for fear of raising eyebrows, especially at the small airport facilities for private jets, the people said. One person said the flight manifest sometimes listed "Robert Jeffries" or "Jeffrey Roberts" as the passenger on the second plane, when in fact the seats were empty. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...
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I would think a jet could be chartered without a couple of hours if his had a mechanical problem. The fact GE kept it quite is notice enough they knew it was a bad idea.
Or another one from their fleet shouldn't be more than a few hours away. But then he might have to ride with another one of his management team. Couldn't have that!
Using Netjets or other fractional ownership firm would have been a good option for a company as big as GE.
It really comes down to wanting the absolute and total control of the travel almost to the point of paranoia. The practice is still done by many companies and even our 89th Air Lift Wing.
"Unaware of the practice", YEAH RIGHT Immelt. What a liar! Go sit with Harvey Weinstien.
Maybe the Chief thought the GE Engines were unreliable and thought it was a good idea to bring along spares.