In a car...in a plane......Depends on where they are going.
Most do not.....
If that is all their airline have to offer.....I flew on jetBlue once with David Neeleman and he sat up front. I did a project with jetBlue and a crewmember told me he had flown with him in the last row.
Sea2Pdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 16009 times:
The CEO of my company flies on confirmed tickets in coach (not positive-space non-bumpable). He of course has the highest frequent flyer status, so qualifies for automatic time of purchase upgrades to first when traveling on an aircraft that is so equipped.
Lucky42 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15956 times:
Quoting Sea2Pdx (Reply 2): The CEO of my company flies on confirmed tickets in coach
LOL..You will NEVER see that at NWA. They can and do kick paying pax out of first class I have seen them do it. When John Dasburg was the CEO him and some of the other execs and their family members took ALL the first class seats in an A320 for a skiing trip to Colorado..After we found that out, they changed the computer program so employees couldn't see their itinerary.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16215 posts, RR: 88 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15938 times:
I have encountered a wide variety of past US Airways execs in C on United flights to Europe from Dulles... and from what I've been told, encountering Herb Kelleher on Continental flights is/was far from unheard of.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5338 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 15753 times:
Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 4): They can and do kick paying pax out of first class I have seen them do it.
Braniff was famous for this at DFW back in the day. My grandfather and grandmother were booted off a first-class flight, after they had their boarding passes, only to watch Tom and Mrs. Braniff get on board.
Soured them on Braniff (at the time, aka 'trick or treat airways,' because flying them was either a treat, or a bad trick) for the rest of Braniff's days.
SkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15579 times:
They travel positive at YX/SYX but with nerve they don't even bother to mingle with their paying customers. They get picked up in a company mini van plane side. Oh yeah, even their wives get the van service and we're told to ki$$ their a$$s too. mmmmm no thanks! Especially in last few months with this whole YX/FL fuss going on, you'd think that Timmy would want to walk with his fellow YX passengers, chat with them and so forth to enforce the YX spirit, nope, he just wants to avoid all that and be the guy who is too good to mix with the normal folk.
Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1555 posts, RR: 18 Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15578 times:
Quoting Gigneil (Reply 11): Denying boarding to someone with a confirmed seat has all sorts of legal ramifications. They may have done it in 1979, but they don't do it today.
It happens. There is even a section in our HR manuals covering it. There was a big flap about it when Leo Mullin's handpicked CFO Warren Jensen did this very thing back in '98. The issue wasn't even that they pulled paying pax off the flight but that some of the party that he brought with him were friends of his kids. No s#*t.
Willyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 467 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15569 times:
I traveled in C class on AF CDG-JFK with the CEO's assistant in the seat next to me last June. THe CEO, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, was in First and came back several times to chat with her. She also went up to First to work for a few hours of the flight. I had gone over to Paris for the weekend to visit a friend and felt horrible - at the time I thought it was a combination of jet-lag and way too much partying, although it turned out I had meningitis! - anyhow, I regret not having been able to chat with him for a bit, as he was very friendly and talkative during his visits.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9286 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 15477 times:
Quoting Graphic (Reply 18): I've read that Neeleman flies B6 at least once a week, often working with the F/A's during whatever they call "meal service" and asking for customer feedback. If it's true, that's a CEO that cares!
As I said above, I flew with hime one time on an inagural flight none the less. He sat up front and didn't talk to one passenger....!! He BS'd with a few people in the jetway after the flight. but that was it.
[Edited 2007-03-12 04:17:24]
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
One US airline CEO who did often travel by private jet was Robert Six, CO's CEO for over 40 years until 1980 and one of the legendary figures in US airline history. He was also responsible for changing CO's original name, Varney Speed Lines (named for the founder), to Continental in 1937, a year after he bought 40% of the company.
CO was one of the few airlines that owned a couple of business jets, ostensibly for pilot training but also used for corporate travel. Photo of one of CO's Sabreliners below. This one crashed on takeoff from Montrose, Colorado (MTJ) in 1973 killing the crew. It had dropped off 3 passengers, which may have included Six and his wife since Six owned a large ranch near MTJ. The accident report here http://www.airdisaster.com/reports/ntsb/AAR73-19.pdf doesn't identify the passengers on the inbound flight from LAX (CO headquarters then) but says they had travelled on this aircraft many times.
(The name of Six's wife in the photo caption is wrong. It was Audrey Meadows (not Janet). Her most famous role was Alice Kramden, the wife of Ralph Kramden (played by Jackie Gleason) in The Honeymooners, one of the classic American TV comedy series of the mid-1950s. I recall reading that she was closely involved in decisions involving the interior design of CO aircraft after she married Six in 1961.)