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Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:05 pm

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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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:14 pm

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:20 pm

Might also be interested to know he is not averse to and is known to fly BA premium from time to time !
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:04 pm

Sometimes its good to fly on the competition to see how they are doing.
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:05 pm

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.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:09 pm

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
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:29 pm

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.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:10 pm

G-GALX, his F900, is currently for sale.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:16 pm

When in the US I think he flies B6 or WN.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:32 pm

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?

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:37 pm

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.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:38 pm

I thought he replaced that Falcon 900 with a Falcon 7X, I think G-VITA is the aircraft.
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:20 pm

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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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:59 pm

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?
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:44 pm

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

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:51 pm

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 1):
Uses a Falcon900

Surprised his ego fits through the door...
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:52 pm

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..."
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:08 pm

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

That's just stupid.
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:18 pm

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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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:39 pm

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
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:30 pm

I was on DL from ATL-ABQ last year, and he was on the flight.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:40 pm

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

In F or Y?
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:02 pm

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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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:13 am

Supposedly that is his eye on the jet.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:54 am

Quoting eicvd (Reply 13):
G-VITA

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:34 am

Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):
Surprised his ego fits through the door...

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 nice guy. Didn't come across as having a big ego.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 26):
The dude needs to roll with this!

Nice ride but doesn't have TATL range.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:36 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 23):
In F or Y?

it was in F.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:49 am

Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):
Surprised his ego fits through the door...

If you've met him, or been near him, you wouldn't say this.

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

That urban myth passed a long time ago.
 
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:44 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 16):
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
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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 could be restrictive if he ended up flying to the wrong airport, or at the wrong time so that he could use the Virgin carrier.

Most airline bosses like to try the competition too, I sometimes wonder how the cabin crew react, if you saw Branson getting on your BA flight, would you give him extra good service or worse!
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:09 pm

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 30):
Most airline bosses like to try the competition too, I sometimes wonder how the cabin crew react, if you saw Branson getting on your BA flight, would you give him extra good service or worse!it's the bus to stansted (now renamed national express a4 to ruin my username)

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 extra effort

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:12 pm

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 that at all.

also..... he and his family do not fly in Economy, when they fly VS, they always fly Upper Class, but he will visit & talk to passengers in all classes regardless.

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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:20 pm

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 30):
Most airline bosses like to try the competition too, I sometimes wonder how the cabin crew react, if you saw Branson getting on your BA flight, would you give him extra good service or worse!

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 treat him just as good as any other passenger in whatever class of cabin he was sat in !
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RE: Does Branson Have A Business Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:44 pm

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 30):
Most airline bosses like to try the competition too, I sometimes wonder how the cabin crew react, if you saw Branson getting on your BA flight, would you give him extra good service or worse!

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 carriers when necessary, and I doubt he gives any of his money to BA willingly, but for convenience sake I'm betting he has more than once graced the aircraft of British Airways several times, but that private plane he has does make the world a rather small place.

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 32):
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 that at all.

also..... he and his family do not fly in Economy, when they fly VS, they always fly Upper Class, but he will visit & talk to passengers in all classes regardless

Everything I have seen of him speaking, stories I've heard from others who have met SRB, has the same exact thing to say about him. You know that game you play with your friends, if you could meet anyone famous who would it be and why?
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