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Mylan Chief Flies Firm's Jet to Side Gig: Son's Concerts

Unlike most executives, Mr. Coury also has a side business: a record label that promotes the fledgling music career of his son, Tino Coury, a young pop singer with a Top 40 hit in 2010 and a new album released online last month.

In a mingling of these two parts of the Mylan chief's life, federal flight records show that one of Mylan's two jets has frequently flown to the same cities in which the younger Mr. Coury was playing a concert. On some occasions, the jet—a Bombardier Global Express the size of a regional airliner—flew directly from one of Tino Coury's concert locations to the next.

Robert J. Coury, executive chairman of generic drugmaker Mylan, is allowed personal use of Mylan's two corporate jets. Unlike most executives, Mr. Coury also has a side business: A record label that promotes the fledgling music career of his son, Tino Coury. Mark Maremont reports on The News Hub. Photo: Getty Images.

On July 3, 2010, for example, Tino Coury performed a late-night gig at a Cincinnati nightclub. At 3:18 a.m., the Mylan jet left Cincinnati for West Palm Beach, Fla., arriving there around 5 a.m. Later that day, Tino Coury performed at a July 4th concert in West Palm Beach.

The following week, Tino Coury performed near Hartford, Conn. Shortly afterward, the Mylan jet traveled from Hartford to Las Vegas, where he had his next performance. Based on the aircraft's estimated hourly operating cost, the tab for the one-way flight was about $22,000.

Nina Devlin, a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh-based Mylan, said Mr. Coury's employment contracts have allowed outside personal activities, "including those related to his son Tino's career." She said Mr. Coury isn't required to use the corporate jets but his employment contracts for the past decade have allowed personal use by him and his family.

Ms. Devlin, who was speaking on behalf of Mr. Coury and Mylan, declined to say who was aboard individual flights or which flights involved concerts. But she said: "Mr. Coury's family members have occasionally been passengers on the corporate aircraft," adding that "it is Mr. Coury's practice that no member of his family is permitted to travel on the aircraft unless Mr. Coury himself also is a passenger."

Tino Coury didn't respond to messages left with his publicity agent.

Mr. Coury, 52 years old, is a former strategic consultant who became chief executive of Mylan in 2002. Under his leadership the company became the second-largest U.S. generic drug maker, developed a substantial...