Bristol-Myers Squibb is getting out of the transportation business. It's planning to shut down its aviation operation in Ewing, NJ, selling its four private aircraft and laying off 32 pilots and other air transportation employees. The move is "designed to reduce corporate overhead" as part of Bristol's overall cost-cutting program, a spokeswoman said.
On the block will be two Gulfstream jets and two Sikorsky helicopters. BMS also will vacate its Trenton-Mercer airport hangar. Experts told the Star-Ledger that the jets could bring $40 million each and the helicopters $6 million a pop.
Now, the question is whether Bristol's neighbors at that airport will follow the company's lead. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Merck all have aviation operations there.
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