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Menendez pal’s private jet was stocked with senator’s favorite water: pilot.

​NEWARK,​ N.J. — Sen. Robert Menendez was such a frequent passenger on his wealthy doctor pal’s private jet that the pilot stocked the plane with his favorite brand of bottled water, it emerged at the senator’s high-profile corruption trial Wednesday. Pilot Robert Nylund testified in Newark federal court that he flew Menendez on Dr. Salomon...
Time: 18:39     Date: 13.09.2017
Metro News: Menendez pal’s private jet was stocked with senator’s favorite water: pilot. NY Post 24 - US News

Pilot Robert Nylund testified in Newark federal court that he flew Menendez on Dr. Salomon Melgen’s private jet 16 times between 2008 and 2010, when he worked as ​opthalmologist’s pilot.

Menendez was such a common sight that the pilot made sure to request the Garden State senator’s favorite beverages in a 2009 email titled “aircraft stock,” which requested that the plane be stocked with Evian water and several different kinds of juices.

“Myself and the other pilot … figured these are items that should be on board if the Senator was on the aircraft,” Nylund, who now flies for JetBlue, told the jury.

“It was common practice … for a special passenger have the special provisions that they want,” he said.

The only other passenger referenced in the email was Melgen’s wife, who liked to drink Cointreau.

The eye doctor stands accused of using his jet, his Caribbean resort and $750,00 in campaign contributions to bribe Menedez, a sitting senator, into helping him with his business and personal needs, including a $8.9 million bill from Medicare.

At the time of the email, Melgen had just upgraded from an 8-passenger Hawker jet to an 11-passenger Challenger jet, which came equipped with a kitchenette and a three-seater couch that pulled out into a bed, Nylund said.

In addition to jaunts on his private jet, Melgen also once forked over $8,036.02 for Menendez to charter an 8-passenger private jet from West Palm Beach to Washington DC — by his lonesome, an earlier witness testified.

The 2010 Cessna flight required three legs, including two legs with no passengers to get to Menendez in West Palm Beach and then back to the airport hangar in Islip, NY, the according to witness Jeffrey Wardenaar, who arranged the flight.

Wardenaar said the $2,600-an-hour flight was paid for Melgen at a time when his own private jet wasn’t available.

Menendez and Melgen, both 63, have argued that the private planes and other gifts were due to their decades-long friendship — and not as part of a bribery scheme.

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