Drugs giant AbbVie flicks privacy switch on corporate jet

AbbVie's Bombardier Challenger 300 has been eagerly followed (Source: AFP/Getty Images)
With market watchers eagerly awaiting news of a deal between Shire and AbbVie yesterday, AbbVie was taking no chances of progress being tracked by way of its corporate jet.
There was literally a radio silence from the drugmaker, whose nine-passenger jet has been eagerly followed to chart the chances of a transatlantic takeover.
In the last week, the wood-panelled executive people-mover has flown from Chicago, where AbbVie is headquartered, to Washington DC, New Jersey and Boca Raton, Florida.
Keen to stop any sneak peeks at the deal action, the luxury Bombardier Challenger 300’s tracking system has now been made unavailable “per request from the owner/ operator”. Spoilsports.
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