At his place this baby would be the last peace I'd sell. And damn I don't have the money right now to buy it. Could John be interested in it? He would have to built a third planeport (big carport) at this house.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4427 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 16468 times:
I love how the first image on the page is a Flight Simulator screenshot.
But wow...if I could afford that I would just live in it forever. I'd never want or need a home or apartment! Good lord, if you read down a bit it says it has a gold-plated sink!
I wonder why he's selling it? It looks like a heck of a lot of work went into it. I know I wouldn't throw away something I'd put so much money into fixing up so nicely, but then again I'm not a multi-millionaire either.
Lufthansi From Germany, joined May 2002, 454 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16319 times:
But it's sad in my opinion. He's not selling one of those standrad jets but his beloved 727 hat he was proud of in many TV docus. Even German TV reporter Birgit Schrowange was able to get a nice tour of his jet for the lifestyle magazine "life!"
Maybe the interiour would need to be refurbished as the cupboars and electrical switches on them look a bit old fashioned. But the plane itself is a true hommage to aviation. I don't know how old he was when bying and customizing this jet. But today he should keep it to show younger people like me how aviation went on when it still was something for privilieged people. The golden era of aviation and the beginning of jet powered aircraft are thing that I'm really intersted in. It's much more fascinating than today's planes. For sure they're masterpieces of engineering too. But some people prefer oldschool technolgies. And as he has the money to maintain this craft in good condition he should continue just like other people show the oldtimer cars around. No one would say "wow!" to a Falcon, Globex or whatever cause they're not as rare as his current jet. Also it's not the size that matters. Even if he buys a 747 like the rulers of Sultan this new privat jet would not spread as much understanding to aviation as the nice 727. So Mr. Trump: Think about your decision again. Just call John and make a global tour to get to know the many friends that John made with his 707.
Bongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 16004 times:
I can't understand peoples astonishment that Donald Trump is selling his 721. Just look at the bare facts, its a very old aircraft with old inefficient noisy engines, soon its arrival will be most unwelcome at some airports.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15811 times:
He's selling it because he is replacing it with a bigger a/c. Another thing that could be a factor is that the 727 is beginning to be banned in some countries due to noise restrictions. It's hard for someone with a global business empire to do business in a certain country if his personal a/c is banned from that country.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8737 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15718 times:
Why does this guy have such a bad taste? The frames of the pictures are absolutely out of the style of the rest of the furnishings, totally unfitting and disgusting. He should donate the 721 to Pima County Air Museum and the pictures including frames to some horror museum.
Mortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15601 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 9): Another thing that could be a factor is that the 727 is beginning to be banned in some countries due to noise restrictions. It's hard for someone with a global business empire to do business in a certain country if his personal a/c is banned from that country.
He could put noise reduction package on the engines could'nt he ? The flight deck is oldfashioned though. i guess there is'nt a way to do anything about that.
Personally I would love buying an A 340, A330, A380, B777, B767.... I can dream can't I ?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15321 times:
Maybe it is getting to certain points where his personal fiances, tax laws, depreciation, the costs of maintaince, old and noisy engines, increasing difficulty to find mx parts, and so on have suggested he sell this old bird. His investments in commercial and residential real property and his Atlantic City casino interests have probably been tanking over the last 2 years so he may be having to 'right size' his lifestyle.
Perhaps too, he wants to get a smaller a/c, one that can be operated out of Teterboro, which does not allow such large a/c to operate there as may be getting a hassle from operating out of LGA.
Then again, maybe he wants a new 'toy', a more up to date a/c. I bet he can get a good deal on a nice late model biz jet with many companies having to sell or drop leases on them due to the economic pressures.
Jetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14928 times:
From what I have heard" is not only is it dated ",but the cost is much higher than a twin as a majority of his flights are from the Ne to his home in florida. Ive heard it was a 757 he was in the market for and not a 737 but im sure someone here would know the differnece in operating cost between the two on a 1300 mile weekly basis. I was told the 727 was very fuel thirsty
and the cost savings would warrant paying for a new a/c.
MCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14718 times:
The Donald routinely criticizes the Saudi prince and others who flaunt their money with large wide body airliners as personal jets. I could be wrong, but I could swear I heard that he's replacing the 727 with a Gulfstream.
CayMan From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14477 times:
If he buys a 757 what a disgraceful example of gluttony and excess: nobody should deny him a nicely equipped executive aircraft. And no, I a not "denying" his "right" to buy whatever he wnats. But rights are one thing and a conscience and sense of ethics are another. In this day and age, that one individual would consume the resources necessary to build and then operate a 757 to fly himself around is unconscionable. But, as Gordon Gecko said in Wall St "...greed is good." Except for fact that attitude nearly bankrupted the world last year.
Trump's ego would require the Antonov 225. What he realistically needs for a very comfortable and useful corporate jet (let's say a long range Gulfstream nicely equipped..reasonable for a major businessman)--but why would common sense ever prevail...