After almost a decade of controversy, four years since the first complaint was filed and several postponements of the actual trial, the Bobigny Criminal Court (a French court near Paris Le Bourget Airport) decided on Tuesday to acquit NetJets Management Ltd and NetJets Transportes Aéreos (two companies trading as NetJets Europe) in a case where they were accused of employment practices contrary to French law. All civil plaintiffs’ claims were rejected.
More than four years after some French executive charter operators began voicing concerns about the legality of NetJets Europe’s operations in that country, the trial of the fractional ownership op
NetJets Europe has been summoned to appear at the Court of Bobigny, near Paris, on December 2, after three entities–French charter operator lobbying group Scara, French crew retirement fund CRPN and one pilot union–sued the fractional ownership company over alleged noncompliance with French labor laws. They charge that the flight crews of foreign countries working under foreign contracts are not contributing to France’s labor coffers.
Recent public attacks on business aviation have sought to portray the industry as exhibiting unwarranted privilege at a time when so many are suffering in the economic crisis.