Private or easy: highflyers split on jet choices

NAT ROTHSCHILD may have been eschewing the use of private jets as his preferred mode of transport recently and choosing EasyJet, but not all City high-flyers are travelling on a budget just yet.

Entrepreneur and fund manager Jim Mellon was in town this week, and told The Capitalist he was in the middle of choosing the paintwork for his new plane. “I was thinking of a blue stripe,” said Mellon, who wants to go for a more subtle look than the jets belonging to his airport parking lot neighbours in Ibiza, who include DJ David Guetta.

But with accessorises on private planes not coming cheap – The Capitalist is told $10,000 is the going rate for magazine racks on the back of seats – perhaps the understated economical look could soon be back in vogue afterall.