With your money! I completely get the fact that for some large companies it makes sense to have one – or even a fleet – of aircraft in their stable, but this was not the time for Citigroup to place an order for a new corporate jet.
Going forward with the purchase of this new jet – and selling two jets that are only 10 years old – can only be described as a stupid marketing decision. Even if they say the purchase would save them a million dollars a year, the public will not be happy at all.
Have they ever heard of video conferencing?
From the New York Post…
Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet – only this time, it’s the taxpayers who are getting screwed.
Even though the bank’s stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it’s burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the airhead execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal. …
Citigroup decided to get its new wings two years ago, when the financial-services giant was flush with cash, but it still intends to take possession of the jet this year despite its current woes, the source said.
“Why should I help you when what you write will be used to the detriment of our company?” replied Bill McNamee, head of CitiFlight Inc., the subsidiary that manages Citigroup’s corporate fleet, when asked to comment about the new 7X.
“What relevance does it have but to hurt my company?”
It’s not uncommon for large companies to pay a deposit on a new plane then cancel the order before delivery, according to a source in the corporate aviation business.
Citigroup execs are also quietly trying to unload two of their older Dassault 900EXs.
Those jets, nearly 10 years old, are worth an estimated $27 million each. They were still listed for sale yesterday on the Web site of Citigroup’s aviation broker, Aviation Professionals.
A company representative said she would not comment on “brokering both sides of the deal” when asked about the incoming Falcon 7X.
The Dassaults are part of CitiFlight’s Gulf Sierra fleet, which includes the two Falcon 900EXs, tail numbers N399GS and N588GS, currently for sale. FAA records show Citigroup reserved a new tail number, N488GS, possibly for the incoming 7X on Nov. 10 last year.
Gateway Pundit also has the story.