Sir Bob Jones takes aim at Air NZ

  • 06/08/2015
Sir Bob Jones (Photosport)
Sir Bob Jones (Photosport)

Frequent flyers between Auckland and Wellington may face fewer disruptions in future after Sir Robert Jones splashed out on a private jet.

The 75-year-old property magnate was kicked off flight NZ421 in May after refusing to pay attention to the flight attendant's safety instructions, causing a 20-minute delay.

This week, he says he has taken delivery of a twin-engined jet.

In a column penned for the National Business Review and headlined "Air Bob", Sir Robert slates Air New Zealand's "1970s mindset", staff, inflight safety videos, queues and his fellow passengers while revelling in the freedom of a private jet.

"I should have done this years ago," he wrote.

An iconoclastic newspaper columnist with a penchant for thumbing his nose at authority and manifestations of the "nanny state", Sir Robert is fabled for punching a television journalist who tracked him down to a remote fishing spot after the 1984 general election.

Sir Robert's company Robt Jones Holdings's website says its properties in New Zealand and Australia are valued at $1.5 billion.

Sir Robert's new jet, a Cessna Citation Mustang, may be worth as much as $2.5 million.