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Does Branson Have A Business Jet?  
User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 973 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13724 times:
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I've noticed he visits New York City, L.A and San Francisco quite a bit.

Does he own a Global Express, G-V or something like that or does he fly on Virgin Atlantic?

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User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13700 times:
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Uses a Falcon900


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User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13691 times:
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Might also be interested to know he is not averse to and is known to fly BA premium from time to time !

User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8376 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13546 times:
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Quoting rutankrd (Reply 2):
Might also be interested to know he is not averse to and is known to fly BA premium from time to time !

WHY ? Virgin Atlantic flies any where outside Europe he needs to go except his private Caribean island.


User currently offlinezbbylw From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13501 times:

Sometimes its good to fly on the competition to see how they are doing.


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User currently onlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13502 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 3):
WHY ? Virgin Atlantic flies any where outside Europe he needs to go except his private Caribean island.

There are a lot of places that BA flies to that VS doesn't. VS is absolutely useless to him if he needs to go to Toronto, for example.


User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 973 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13475 times:
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I wonder why he uses a Falcon 900 (which has the range of a 757) when he can certainly afford a Global Express, or G-550 and fly from London to most of the world non-stop?

oh well, thanks


User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13367 times:
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If he needs that sort of range he can always hire in from the likes of Netjets one would have thought.

He is after all a Brit and may still have reserve in his character, and control of his own spending, unlike certain former KGB oligarchs we could mention and doesn't have a huge entourage to ship around.

That Falcon will get him to LAX from St Maarten so why need for anything bigger.


User currently onlinefcogafa From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13270 times:

Three engined Falcons have very good short runway performance, much better than Globals and Gulfstreams and it may be that some of the Caribbean runways he wants to fly into require this.

User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13165 times:
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G-GALX, his F900, is currently for sale.

User currently offlinebobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13121 times:

When in the US I think he flies B6 or WN.

User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4891 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13048 times:

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 10):

When in the US I think he flies B6 or WN.

Really? That would surprise me a great deal. Is this documented anywhere?

YOWza



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User currently offlinespink From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 318 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13020 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 6):
I wonder why he uses a Falcon 900 (which has the range of a 757) when he can certainly afford a Global Express, or G-550 and fly from London to most of the world non-stop?

Well the 900 is bigger inside than the 550 height/width wise, plus 3 engines are more flexible with routes and runways. Or maybe he just has a thing for trijets.

Apparently it was up for sale last year at one point at least.


User currently onlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2164 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12999 times:

I thought he replaced that Falcon 900 with a Falcon 7X, I think G-VITA is the aircraft.

User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 973 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12741 times:
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Quoting eicvd (Reply 13):
I thought he replaced that Falcon 900 with a Falcon 7X, I think G-VITA is the aircraft.

I assume that would make a lot more sense for him, those 7Xs have a 6000NM range. He's all over the place

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User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 12050 times:
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Quoting spink (Reply 12):
Apparently it was up for sale last year at one point at least.

Still for sale:

http://www.controller.com/listingsde...ULT-FALCON-900EX-EASy/1210409.htm?


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6674 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11295 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 6):
I wonder why he uses a Falcon 900 (which has the range of a 757) when he can certainly afford a Global Express, or G-550 and fly from London to most of the world non-stop?

oh well, thanks

Three engines for long haul !



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12571 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11204 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 1):
Uses a Falcon900

Surprised his ego fits through the door...



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19737 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11160 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 2):
Might also be interested to know he is not averse to and is known to fly BA premium from time to time !

Also flies VS Y with his family a lot. Quoth he: "If it's good enough for our customers..."


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10902 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
Also flies VS Y with his family a lot.

That's just stupid.



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User currently offlinevirgincrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10733 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
Also flies VS Y with his family a lot. Quoth he: "If it's good enough for our customers..."

I don't like to correct people, but he doesn't fly in VS's Y cabin..... nor does his family.  



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User currently offlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 973 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10436 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
Also flies VS Y with his family a lot. Quoth he: "If it's good enough for our customers..."

Back in the 90s, one airline CEO used to say the same thing unitl somebody photographed him stepping off a Gulfstream.. oops


User currently offlineridgid727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9234 times:

I was on DL from ATL-ABQ last year, and he was on the flight.

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8447 times:

Quoting ridgid727 (Reply 22):
I was on DL from ATL-ABQ last year, and he was on the flight.

In F or Y?


User currently offlinelegion242 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8273 times:

Quoting ridgid727 (Reply 22):
I was on DL from ATL-ABQ last year, and he was on the flight.

Likely headed out to the spaceport for Virgin Galatic.



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25 BoxBoy : Supposedly that is his eye on the jet.
26 Post contains links and images AeroWesty : ::scoff:: The dude needs to roll with this! View Large View MediumPhoto © AirNikon Collection-Pima Air and Space Museum
27 Trucker : SRB was at the EAA in Oshkosh with Virgin Galactic I think in '09. Gave a short speech and talked with the crowd a bit. Seemed like a down to earth n
28 ridgid727 : it was in F.
29 slinky09 : If you've met him, or been near him, you wouldn't say this. That urban myth passed a long time ago.
30 Post contains images AirbusA6 : You beat me too it I'm sure Branson must use other airlines a bit, while there any many Virgin carriers around the world which he has a stake in, it
31 g500 : well he likes to "stick it" to BA any chance he gets, but then again, he is one of England's richest persons, so I'm sure that commands a little extr
32 virgincrew : in relation to his ego, I agree that if you have met Richard Branson, then you wouldn't say that about him.... I have met hm loads and he isn't like t
33 virgincrew : I would hope that all BA crew are professional, like the ones that I know.... if any competitors CEO came on-board your airline, I am sure you would
34 RWA380 : I would think that he would be treated just as well or better than the average premium cabin flier, I would expect that he frequents other air carrie
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