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Bill Gates Private Aircraft?  
User currently offlineLegalEagle From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32863 times:

Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what type of aircraft Bill Gates uses to cross the globe. It is well known that Paul Allen has a 757, yet Gates's aircraft is not publicly well known .

I can only imagine what electronic and futuristic equipment is installed in his aircraft.

Any "A- netters" that might have some info would be greatly appreciated, especially any links to photos.

Thanks in advance.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32758 times:

Wasn't there an urban myth that Bill Gates flew every in Y because he thought anything else was a waste of cash!...........bollocks!


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32709 times:

ever think that he keeps it private so that it is just that, his private jet?


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User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32678 times:

I've heard he has a 777. I believe this may well be it as well:


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Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 32614 times:

N777AS belongs to MidEast Jets.

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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 32587 times:

I know he charters aircraft for different events. He had something up in Juneau, Alaska while my uncle was working at the tower at JNU and my uncle cleared a couple of 747s in for him.


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User currently offlineAtcrick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 772 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 32519 times:

I'm surprised he doesnt have something like this:



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This one belongs to Michael Dell. I crawled around it once when it stayed in a hangar at Addison Airport, Dallas, Texas. Needless to say it is B-E-A-utiful!!!

Cheers,


Rick



natch!!
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 32437 times:
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Bill G. Has 2 aircraft, a GLEX and a Falcon 900.

Here is a shot of the GLEX.


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User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 32408 times:
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I've heard he takes a small seaplane from his house at Medina on Lake Washington to another home at Union on the Hood Canal some 44 miles away. Probably charter. Any ideas.


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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 32407 times:

When they stored Paul Allens 757 N757AF (he also owns another - N756AF) at the Delta hangar in SLC over the Thanksgiving weekend last year the pilots said that Bill uses them whenever he wants. Does anybody know the range and fuel capacity on these two 57s? The pilots said they flew Bill and Paul nonstop BFI to SYD, 6728 nm, for the 2000 Olympics. Pretty impressive for a 57.

Dl757md



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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 32341 times:

Well, the range is obviously enough to make Sydney from Seattle. Since the 757 with full pax, bags and cargo has a range of about 3900 nm, considering how light the plane would be in Allen's configuration, you might only need to add 1 or 2 tanks to the cargo hold to fly SEA-SYD. Also, going down I believe has the advantage of tailwinds


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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 32287 times:

I'm not disputing the range of a B757 configured as a business jet because I just don't know, but SEA-SYD should have head winds, not tail winds. SYD-SEA would be easier.

User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32267 times:

The urban legend about Bill Gates flying coach are not legend, they are fact. I know this to an absolute certainty. There are some rather famous stories about some of Bill Gates' antics flying on commercial flights...and that was way back when Microsoft had only four buildings in Redmond. It would not surprise me now that he uses private aircraft and would have more than one stashed around in different places. I say good for him. He is one man who I do not begrudge his wealth; he earned it all on his own (with more than a little help from Paul).

We all are reaping the benefits of their work...he certainly has earned the right to go where he wants, when he wants.



David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 31287 times:

Does he fly alot?If he does,why doesn't he get a big plane and make it like AF1?

User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 30931 times:

A lot of people on the Forbes List don't want to be noticed when they roll into an FBO. I would imagine the richest man on Earth would have a concern about security.

So, he can sneak into a town in a non-descript GLEX or have a parade with fighter escort in his 747-400.TC



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 30756 times:

"We all are reaping the benefits of their work..."

...and all the stress, as well.


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 29503 times:

Probably also helps when going into cities and being able to get closer airports - i.e.: If he had a 747-400 he'd have to fly into LHR, LGW...with a smaller jet, he can shoot in and out of LCY. Saves lots of time.

User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 29435 times:

I'm not trying to turn this topic off but what other top 100 richest people own a/c? Does the CEO of IKEA (now apparently the richest man in the world) have a few a/c of his own.... And other companies such as Starbucks and Homedepot..

Just thought it would make this topic a bit more interesting!

Thanks again!

UA777222

And Mr. Allan does have a few smaller jets. If I recall correctly his Global Express was the one that got crammed by a car in Asia..




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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 29415 times:

>I'm not disputing the range of a B757 configured as a business jet because I just don't know, but SEA-SYD should have head winds, not tail winds. SYD-SEA would be easier.<

oops, but they still did it. That is why they are Microsoft



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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 29031 times:

A lot of the richest would probably own the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express. It's small, yet not 'cramped,' it can land on small runways (like somebody said, it would not have to land at the bigger airports), and it also has a fair range to it. In fact, it's range is little less than that of a B747-400.

Also, its one of the most beautiful bizjets out there!

-Stephen


User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 28597 times:

Bill Gates apparently was travelling in coach as late as the late 1990s, according to the book "Bill Gates Speaks", part of a series whose other titles include "Warren Buffet Speaks" and "Jack Welch Speaks". His view was that coach was perfectly comfortable for him, and that paying for a first class ticket was a wastes of money, however apparently he was frequently upgraded to First class, and did not protest when that occured. He said he considered it would be a waste of money for Microsoft to buy a private jet. Whether or not this is still the case is anyone's guess, I'd not be suprised if post-9/11 his opinion of flying commercial has changed.

-WGW2707


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 28445 times:
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here is how Gates came to own his own his own jets.

Warren Buffet gave, as a gift, a fractional ownership thru NetJets (I believe Warren B is an investor in NetJets). The Gates family, once they had experienced flying private, made the investment in their own aircraft.


User currently offlineRegis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 28380 times:

I believe Warren B is an investor in NetJets

He actually owns NetJets through his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

[Edited 2004-11-07 23:25:00]

User currently offlineJetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 28259 times:

I had someone tell me that he had worked out an agreement with an Airline in The Us, and has a 757 painted in the airline livery. The reason being He can travel decreetly with a small group,and body guards.He purchased the aircraft with the airline from Boeing,and spends most of its time in seattle.When traveling many think he just charted an airliner when in reality it seats 50 guest. Any spotters see any 757s in an airline livery that hangs out up there..Doesnt Delta have a 737 in executive configuration but has Dal Livery on the outside. I think it was leo Mullins plane///.


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User currently offlineSean1234 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 27610 times:

Do private aircraft have to follow ETOPS?

25 Airportplan : I have seen Bill Gates arrive at Chicago Midway a couple of time times on a private 757. The aircraft is very non descript. The aircraft is usually pa
26 N1120a : Private aircraft do not have to follow ETOPS. If they did, it would be difficult for a GLEX to fly LAX-SYD, which they do all the time. You know, I wi
27 Post contains links and images RoseFlyer : I would like to make a correction to Paul Allen's planes. He has not one but TWO 757s a BBJ, a Global Express and some other smaller planes. Paul Alle
28 Aa61hvy : Bill Gates is pretty frugal. I hear he rarely splurges on himself, drives a relatively cheap car (I say relative, because its under 150K and 150K is n
29 Clickhappy : Bill Gates doesn't own a 757.
30 Cha747 : I've heard he takes a small seaplane from his house at Medina on Lake Washington to another home at Union on the Hood Canal some 44 miles away. Probab
31 RoseFlyer : It wouldn't surprise me if he has used a sea plane before. Kenmore air has quite a few of them up in Kenmore which isn't that far away. Also there are
32 Clickhappy : Let me set a few things straight in this thread. Paul Allen does not own a BBJ. The GLEX hasn't been seen in months, since the Asiana driver speared i
33 LegalEagle : Thanks everyone for the info, this was my first post and extremely happy with all the responses. Much Thanks, Richard
34 Aa717driver : Most of the Forbes List have planes ranging from Trump's 727(he also has a Gulfstream of some kind) to the Arab's 744's. Generally, they settle on the
35 Frontiers4ever : "A couple years ago I had dinner just a couple tables away from him at a private club and he seemed unassuming and he had no body guards." Well now at
36 LV : AA717driver, Are you still in Indy? Sounds like you are a corporate pilot. With the mention of G-V's across the Atlantic I'm guessing you either work
37 Ckfred : I heard Bill Gates about 10 years ago in an interview on WGN-AM in Chicago. He said that when he was flying at Microsoft's expense, he flew coach. Fly
38 N1120a : AA717driver was a pilot flying for TWA/AA (guess which airplane?). He appears to have now switched to corporate piloting. He is also one of the most k
39 Clickhappy : Bill Gates "only" receives (if I remember correctly) something like $750k per year in salary (not that this is a small amount). His huge wealth ($50 b
40 Ltbewr : It is well established that Bill Gates used to fly on commercial flights, in coach, up until a number of years ago. He bought his own private jet - no
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