A Bizjet Traveler's Diary

Illustration by John T. Lewis
Illustration by John T. Lewis
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 11:30am

“Within the next decade we’ll be flying people to Australia from New York in about two hours, developing spaceships that will cross continents outside the Earth’s atmosphere and then pop them back into the atmosphere. Then we’ll move on to much bigger commercial jets [traveling] at many times the speed of sound.”

Sir Richard Branson, in the April/May 2014 BJT

 

 

November 3, 2026

5:32 AM—Still dark here in New York but I’d better get moving if I’m to see Boris in Moscow in two hours. Leaving my iWatch on Eastern Time, hoping that will help make today less confusing than yesterday.

7:58 AM—In Russia for brief early dinner meeting, but it’s scrambled eggs for me. Thank God for Kremlin Starbucks’s double espresso.

10:02 AM—Back in Manhattan with a few minutes to catch up on news on Google Glass. Then a quick hop to Australia.

12:15 PM—Arrived in Sydney, where they tell me it’s spring. No matter; I’ll be gone in 15 minutes.

12:31 PM—All aboard for Paris for a quick huddle with one of our VPs and perhaps a croissant.

2:39 PM—No time for croissant but maybe I can grab sushi in Japan.

4:41 PM—Excellent temaki at Tokyo airport. Now off to Massachusetts to meet my son.

6:40 PM—Arrived in Boston but no son—just a note: “Gone to Brazil. Back after dinner.” Should I try to catch up with him or wait here?

6:46 PM—Decided instead to surprise wife in California and splurged on Branson’s new supersonic. A little pricey at 60 bitcoins but it’ll get me to the coast in 23 minutes.

7:09 PM—Barely time to open peanuts bag before flight touched down in L.A. Unfortunately, iWatch tells me wife just left to meet me in Boston. Heading back so we can catch dinner before my next flight.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano