Does the strange case of Josh Wander’s private jet, stuck in a US airport for months, act as a metaphor for the lack of progress 777 are making to buy Everton? And why has the company yet to agree terms for the future funding of the British Basketball League, which faces administration?

By Paul Brown and Philippe Auclair

Sitting in a Pittsburgh airport is a private jet that has not moved since it flew in from New Jersey on 9 September.

The Bombardier Global 6000, a model which typically retails for between 35 million and 62 million US dollars, belongs to a subsidiary company of 777 Partners called Triplet Global LLC that is wholly owned and controlled by managing partners Josh Wander and Steven Pasko, and is used to fly  them and others around the world.

It arrived in Pittsburgh to have its engines recertified by Rolls Royce, a process these jets must undergo on a regular basis, because without a valid certificate, they would not be allowed to fly. 

But Josimar has been told that 777 did not pay the bill for this routine servicing work on time, and when the debt was finally settled, an additional fee was demanded to cover the not insignificant cost of hosting the plane beyond its agreed slot. 

When contacted by Josimar, a spokesman for Rolls Royce did not deny this, saying only that: “Due to confidentiality reasons we are not able to comment on individual customers or contracts.” It is certainly standard practice in the industry for airports to levy parking charges for planes stationed on their property, with the owner ultimately liable.

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