Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1563 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 35032 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.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 28843 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 34966 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
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2045 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 34892 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
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32128 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.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32060 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!
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..
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4142 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 31656 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!
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 31222 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.
Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 31070 times:
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.
Jetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 30884 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///.