September 23, 2014 / 10:00 PM / 5 years ago

CORRECTED-NetJets wins approval to launch China service

(Corrects fifth paragraph to show NetJets revenue grew by, rather than totaled, $288 million in 2013)

By Luciana Lopez

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - NetJets Inc, the private aircraft charter company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said on Tuesday that it had acquired approval to launch its aircraft charter service in China.

The company has been working with Chinese authorities since 2012 to secure the operating certificate, chief executive Jordan Hansell said in a statement.

NetJets will initially offer private plane charter service, with future plans to expand into private aircraft management, said Chris Herbert, a spokeswoman.

Longer term, the company could offer the same kind of “fractional” ownership of private planes that it now offers in the United States, Herbert added, but that would require a separate approval from the Chinese government.

In Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report, NetJets’ 2013 revenues were stated as increasing 7.5 percent, or $288 million. (Reporting by Luciana Lopez, editing by G Crosse)

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