Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Authority Members Invested in Onejet Board Is Suing Firm for Breach of Contract

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Authority Members Invested in Onejet Board Is Suing Firm for Breach of Contract

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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on August 24, 2018 Jan Rea is a former member of Allegheny County Council. An article Thursday about her investment in OneJet incorrectly stated her status on the council

Another Allegheny County Airport Authority board member invested in OneJet, the business-oriented airline that is being sued by the same agency for breach of contract after it received $1 million in incentives to operate from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Jan Rea, who also is a former county councilwoman, said she and her husband, Don, invested in the regional carrier in June - two months before the airline was sued by the authority.

She joins Robert Lewis, the board's vice chairman, as one of the investors in OneJet.

Ms. Rea said she and her husband purchased notes that OneJet was offering to potential investors. As part of the deal, investors could avail themselves of private charter flights that the airline offered to Naples, Fla.

The couple invested the "minimum amount," Ms. Rea said, and did so so they could take advantage of the chartered flights to Naples. She declined to disclose the exact amount.

"It was simply the charter flights. We had talked to some people who had used the charter and they were very happy with the service. That was the only reason. It would just make it more convenient for us," she said.

Ms. Rea said she never spoke to OneJet herself. "Someone was raising money for OneJet and approached my husband," she said.

The charters fly into a private airport in Naples, Ms. Rea said. They apparently fly out of the private Atlantic Aviation facility at Pittsburgh International, not the airport terminal itself.

Although the couple made the investment, they have yet to take advantage of the charters, Ms. Rea said. "We were planning to use it in the winter, so we never traveled on it," she said.

Those who used the charter also had to pay a fee for each flight in addition to the initial investment, she added. …

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