MIAMI — Just two weeks before baseball legend Derek Jeter bought the Miami Marlins, the Jeffrey Loria company that owned the team sued a private jet-service that was supposed to fly the team to games in style.
The problem, according to court papers filed with a Miami-Dade County circuit court in late September, is that the New Hampshire-based Private Jet Services provided crappy flights with crappy service.
“PJS failed to provide the Marlins with an aircraft having certain high-quality standards,” the complaint reads.
Loria’s Miami Marlins LP also claims PJS showed up with downright low-quality replacement planes when the main jet broke down.
At one point at the end of the 2015 season, the paperwork shows, the plane didn’t show up and left the players scrambling to get to a game on time.
The team signed a $13 million-plus contract in 2015 to have PJS fly to away games during MLB seasons in 2015 through 2018.
PJS was supposed to supply an MIA-based Boeing 757 with 80 first-class seats and an on-board concierge as well as four flight attendants.
According to the contract filed in the court file, the Marlins also expected on-board catering with china, linens, silver utensils and an open “premium” bar.
But PJS stopped transporting the Marlins after the ill-fated flight that didn’t make it, and gave up on the contract all together, according to court records.
Still, it kept all of the $3 million the Marlins paid for the 2015 season.
Loria’s company claims breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
A PJS spokesman didn’t return calls for comment.