The Oxnard company was contacted by a Jackson fan club in February that was interested in chartering flights for its members, according to co-manager Sean Casey. The company announced June 1 on social media that flights are available to the public for $175 per seat.
“We’re open to experimenting,” Casey said. “This was just the fans’ enthusiasm who came and sold it for us.”
Within the first few days of the announcement, 80 percent of available seats were reserved. Clients are flying in from as far away as Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland, Casey said. About 100 people have reserved in total.
The King of Pop died June 25, 2009, at his home in Los Angeles.
Casey said his three-year-old charter company gets a large percentage of its business around Valentine’s Day but is looking to diversify.
Casey said he has been approached by paparazzi from the United Kingdom to provide aerial footage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when they visit the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in July 9.
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