Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli is suing a flight charter company specializing in luxury jet services, claiming the company gave him an older, noisier aircraft than agreed during part of a US tour last year.
The September case filed by Bocelli, 64, in federal court in New Hampshire also says Seabrook’s Private Jet Services breached contract terms when the crew of a flight announced that Bocelli and his party expected a bumpy ride before landing should fly from California to Cleveland.
Bocelli, a tenor who performs around the world, is seeking triple the $569,800 (£513,400) in damages he paid for 15 flights, the amount he paid for alternative flight arrangements, legal fees and damages.
The claim says Bocelli’s rep hired the company to fly him across the United States during a concert tour in November and December last year.
Specifications included the acceptable jet model and year, which “ideally should not be ‘older’ than four years,” and in-flight service requirements.
“He is also not a very avid aviator as he has a fear of flying and may experience anxiety about safety issues when traveling by air,” read the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michele Kenney.
“In particular, he is sensitive to the increased noise generated by an older aircraft in flight, although such increased noise frightens him more.”
Each time Bocelli charters a jet, the commander is instructed not to make onboard announcements about weather conditions and not to mention air turbulence, “everything not to cause Mr. Bocelli undue anxiety,” the claim reads.
It said Professional Jet Services agreed to the requirements, including using the Falcon 2000LX for shorter domestic U.S. flights and another aircraft for transatlantic flights.
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But the final “statement or work” excluded the terms of the proposal, which identified the specific aircraft, and in the fine print “which stated, among other things, a type of aircraft that the parties had not agreed on – the Falcon 2000, rather than the Falcon 2000LX.” .
During a December 2 flight from Santa Ana, California to Cleveland, the company provided a Falcon 2000 manufactured in 1996.
The flight attendant announced that they should expect a bumpy ride before landing.
Traveling on the older aircraft and hearing the announcement “made him concerned and feared for his safety during the final 20 minutes of the flight,” the statement said.
The company said it apologized for the wrong aircraft and crew error, but a company representative said it had not been able to find an acceptable aircraft for the past five tour dates.
The claim does not state whether the company provided the correct aircraft for any part of the tour.
The company then canceled the flights for the final dates and made no refund, forcing Bocelli to charter new flights with another company, which cost him more than $300,000 (£270,000), the claim said.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/andrea-bocelli-sues-air-charter-company-over-old-noisy-jet-42062265.html Andrea Bocelli is suing Air Charter Company over old, noisy jet