The Economics of Private Jets

  • katma 16 Tem 2019
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    • Ferdinand
      Ferdinand 19 gün önce

      @Tiogshi Laj
      Right? I miss the old voice. This sounds like he's talking through a thick blanket.

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      Kristian Canoy 24 gün önce

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      Wubbalubba dubdub 27 gün önce

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      Scooters Videos Aylar önce

      what this proves is that the rich are @$$raping us and that not paying at least $15 an hour is an outrage deserving of tar and feathers.

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      Everything about Romania Aylar önce

      When will we be getting the next episode?

  • Yonatan Kanosh
    Yonatan Kanosh 8 saatler önce

    Elon Musk, you own a jet. How can someone like you put up with this carbon footprint? ELECTRIFY!!!! Also hydrogen fuel is nice

  • Zero Dawn
    Zero Dawn 21 saatler önce

    Carboon footprint = Marketing Scam.

  • Kyle Fitzpatrick
    Kyle Fitzpatrick Gün önce

    Amazing that the CEO makes 24 M a year when Walmarts employees are so poorly paid that the American tax payers spend over a billion on subsidies to support their employees

  • John Holton
    John Holton Gün önce

    I don't think huge corporations do the cost analysis of every hour of their CEO's day. It's kind of a results thing, would you want to live in a world where a CEO get micromanaged? No escape.

  • Sauga Verse
    Sauga Verse 2 gün önce

    I used to fly to work on a private jet every week.
    Leave on Monday morning, return home on Friday afternoon.
    However, our particular jet had 7 seats, and they were always full.
    Very rarely were there any executives on the flights, it was mostly for us average workers.
    The perks were great, you only had to arrive at the airport 5 minutes before the flight took off.
    No waiting, no security, no customs, free booze, this is how all flying should be.
    I'm sure it was expensive, but a private jet is a great way to travel.

  • esuus
    esuus 2 gün önce

    THANK YOU for pointing out the carbon footprint. Please keep it up!

  • lisa dodd
    lisa dodd 2 gün önce


  • NKT authentic
    NKT authentic 2 gün önce

    Please also make.. The Economics of... 1. Star hotels 2. Cruise liners and 3. Oil refinary companies

  • Divide By Zero
    Divide By Zero 3 gün önce

    I don't think the Regional Vice President has visited my local Walmart recently...

  • Florin Pappa
    Florin Pappa 3 gün önce

    MiMiMi you can always make sense of flying private and you'd fly private too if you could 100%, anyways still a great video with great efforts and the 1.7mio views would have definitely paid for the next charter.

  • Edmond Dantes
    Edmond Dantes 3 gün önce

    Carbon Footprint...................Right.

  • GoneBamboo
    GoneBamboo 3 gün önce

    Great for flying young'ns to your private island

  • GoneBamboo
    GoneBamboo 3 gün önce +7

    Makes sense if your flying underage girls with heads of state

  • Moe Saad
    Moe Saad 4 gün önce

    Man I love all your airplane videos. Keep em coming and thank you!

  • Ocotillodavid
    Ocotillodavid 4 gün önce

    I worked for a company that sold private/corporate jets, and the fat cat bastards who ride in them have egos bigger than the price of their jets. They all need to humble up.

  • Zion Zawko
    Zion Zawko 4 gün önce

    Walmart doesn’t fly out of Bentonville (XNA) they fly out of Rogers at Walmart Aviation center and they only fly in to private airports near Walmart are not near big airport! If they are there is very few

  • benlovestorock
    benlovestorock 4 gün önce

    And the minimum wage in USA is ?

  • Pat W
    Pat W 4 gün önce +1

    Got to know for a good future

  • ali rk 12345
    ali rk 12345 5 gün önce

    It's not all about money it's about time in private jet tou can fly anytime you want

  • Kevin McGushion
    Kevin McGushion 5 gün önce

    Something you completely overlook is the value someones time is to the company. Let's say I have a VP making $500K per year who closes my deals and I have a factory that needs $100 million a year to stay operational. Anything after $100 million is profit so I want those deals closed as fast as possible and before anyone can compete with me. It is well worth the money to have the VP take a jet and close as many $2 to $5 million dollar deals as possible as quickly as possible, before the competition. the cost of a private jet is inconsequential. The bigger the company and the bigger the deal the more this makes sense. Jeff Bezos' time on a jet isn't equal to his hourly wage multiplied by air time. Jeff's time is worth the $2 billion deal he will close in that trip.

  • Joe Om
    Joe Om 5 gün önce

    One of the biggest clues here is that the rich do is the budgeting is down to the “t”. Avg people do not ever plan their lives in that way so its always chaotic shooting from the hip every time they make a decision and sometimes even taking days to make one.

  • Thomas Walton
    Thomas Walton 5 gün önce

    Ever heard of a Skype call? It's a great way to reduce having to all... you would only have to travel occasionally

    ADITYA SANTHOSH 5 gün önce

    Y ur voice deep??

  • Felix Murithi
    Felix Murithi 5 gün önce

    The calculations on value for money are bullshit

  • Hoyt Benson
    Hoyt Benson 5 gün önce

    Hey Sam! I’ve got a vid request! Could you potentially do a video on airport emergency services? Great video, by the way!

  • yaimavol
    yaimavol 6 gün önce

    Show me a climate change conference where anybody flew commercial. When your last name is Clinton or Obama, you are beyond flying commercial, even if it's first class. Then again, both of them command their own "charitable foundations" that pay for it all.

  • seeyouspacecowboy14
    seeyouspacecowboy14 6 gün önce

    Maybe .... Just maybe you hire people and live in the city or near the city in which your company is located in
    I mean I understand working in nyc and take a train out to long island, but do you really need to fly hours to work daily .... just move to the state

  • Owen Bondar
    Owen Bondar 6 gün önce

    time is money

  • marymarluis
    marymarluis 6 gün önce

    Can you talk about economic disaster of AIRBUS A-380????

    • ZK-APA
      ZK-APA 5 gün önce

      marymarluis he’s made a similar video. Economies of big planes vs small planes

  • Inyalabudbud Punjabbidaliwad

    Nothing the rich people do can be justified. Why fly First Class when the Economy folks get there at the exact same time? Why buy a Mercedes, when a Hyundai is acceptable? Why eat at the Four Seasons instead of Burger King? OWhen you are rich you become a superior creature who believes in his own hubris.

    • ZK-APA
      ZK-APA 5 gün önce

      Inyalabudbud Punjabbidaliwad I know it sounds dodgy, but simple answer is that the more you have, the more you’ll spend. And money is made for spending. Yes, investing and all is a better proposition, but if you are struggling in living your life, just so that you have more money, you are doing it wrong.
      People fly first class because they want to fly it and they can fly it. People buy Mercs because they want a merc and they can afford to buy it.

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    Mayank Bansal 6 gün önce

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  • A-Bloke-Named-Chris
    A-Bloke-Named-Chris 8 gün önce

    8:39 wonder what those two are talking about

  • Joshua C.
    Joshua C. 8 gün önce +2

    I'm confused by the opening.
    I thought that the jet wouldn't leave NY state at the year's income of an average American.

  • chepe263
    chepe263 9 gün önce

    are you the same guy from "Half as Interesting"?

  • MrSensitiveNipples
    MrSensitiveNipples 10 gün önce +1

    In as simple terms as possible: time is money.

  • Are you Serious
    Are you Serious 10 gün önce +2

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just drive from New York to Beijing? Psh stupid asses

  • Waseem Yusuf
    Waseem Yusuf 10 gün önce +1

    Edit: nvm, just realized that the tiny number on the bottom left points to the source of the information in the links in the description.

  • Dnl k
    Dnl k 11 gün önce

    If I had all the money... I have one please. I can't stand being scanned by immigration all the time and queuing forever and delays.

  • Robin Eldred
    Robin Eldred 11 gün önce

    Your math is waaay off, dude.

  • Haroon khurram
    Haroon khurram 12 gün önce

    celebrities use them the most

  • Notmiuser
    Notmiuser 12 gün önce

    I'm too poor to watch this video.

  • Blame USA
    Blame USA 12 gün önce

    Private jet is best because they steal all our money and change our countries!

  • BASE Kyle
    BASE Kyle 13 gün önce


  • Justin Jones
    Justin Jones 13 gün önce

    I live in Bentonville, GO WALMART!

  • Les Gasl
    Les Gasl 14 gün önce

    I’ve been waiting on this

  • William Lau
    William Lau 14 gün önce

    I have news for Walmart, it's not worth flying their VPs to the stories like this. Of the dozens of Walmarts I have been to, none of them is that well ran... Maybe their should have their VPs spend more times at the store instead of an 1-2hr flyby.

  • LucasBrien
    LucasBrien 14 gün önce

    I’m 16 and I wash a private jet every once and a while (private jet owners pay very well). The company that owns it has one jet that seats 7, they have 5 pilots with 3 on call at all times, and they fly about twice per day. I don’t think costs are in mind, I think they use the private jets as a sort of benefit.

  • ExpatMoe
    ExpatMoe 14 gün önce

    The salary of a CEO may be a big factor but more important must be the expected value that the CEO generates. With a 15 million salary, should probably be 100+ million in cost savings / new business/ acquisitions etc. I worked for a company once where the CEO hardly dropped in with the corporate jet unless a 10+ million deal was on the table. Then those saved hours makes sense. If a CEO flies around just to shake some hands in stores then obviously a waste. But hopefully/more likely it’s part of a continuous review on how to make a very large business grow and become more profitable

  • SolamenteVees
    SolamenteVees 15 gün önce

    "I keeps a private Jet!"

  • Rosa I Guess
    Rosa I Guess 15 gün önce

    Private jets are also good for going to international waters and private islands with guests of all ages

  • Anders Blomquist
    Anders Blomquist 15 gün önce

    By using Skype the travelling time would be 0.

  • kamikaze GOD on fire
    kamikaze GOD on fire 15 gün önce


  • fladave99 Mills
    fladave99 Mills 16 gün önce

    Private jets keep people away from the MUSLIM JIHAAD!!!

  • Groovy Games
    Groovy Games 16 gün önce

    Why do you sound different?

  • christian legaspi
    christian legaspi 16 gün önce

    Make a video about what happens if a baby is born on an airplane

  • Rubik
    Rubik 16 gün önce

    nowadays there is no need for flights - business can be done online remotely easily!

  • Jake
    Jake 16 gün önce


  • Carl Senden
    Carl Senden 16 gün önce

    Most people could do their business via email and Skype. No need to be there in person.

  • Vadim Propeleyentev
    Vadim Propeleyentev 16 gün önce +1

    I love the way they look personally

  • Stuart Conner
    Stuart Conner 17 gün önce

    The execs don't care about how un-economic it is, they demand the opulence and status it signals.
    screw the shareholder.

  • SyncroScales
    SyncroScales 17 gün önce

    The taxpayer pays for those subsidies and tax write-offs or tax-dodging. All income is taxable do not listen to the narrative. Private jets are also rented out. Sometimes more than one person or group uses private jets together.

  • Steve Schutte
    Steve Schutte 17 gün önce

    You didn't add in the value of an executive being in the office and available instead traveling. At the company I worked at with private jets, that value was more than the salary value of time saved.

  • anti stuff
    anti stuff 17 gün önce

    The wealthy minority and military are the biggest polluters and wasters of resources. Time to end them

  • Dugie Joness
    Dugie Joness 17 gün önce

    Even if these jets were powered with free energy from the subspace and filtered air during the flights, these these eco-commies would also hurt their ass because it hates industrious and entrepreneurial people. they have complexes that they did not learn and all want to get to their shit level.
    CO2 is a life-giving gas and not a poison you morons. Stop cutting forests and building your ecological wood huts and start thinking and supporting technical progress. You can live at a higher level and not destroy the environment, you only have to stop fighting science and technology.

  • Pegasaus
    Pegasaus 17 gün önce +1

    All of this while millions of Walmart employees are barely above poverty line even after working 50+ hours per week.
    Bloody scumbags

  • Wo Land
    Wo Land 18 gün önce

    Ceo's are not in business of making sense. Financial or otherwise. They spend shareholders' money with open heart.

  • BLacKNesMonsTaz
    BLacKNesMonsTaz 18 gün önce

    Also buying a plane and renting it out and or buying in shares of a plane a sharing cost. Or get a membership in private jet.

  • matt bardot
    matt bardot 18 gün önce +2

    6:10 *WALMART MANAGERS MAKE +$110K ???*

  • jcardboard
    jcardboard 19 gün önce

    A guy I went to school with flies these things every day. Seems like a pretty spectacular job especially if you get a lot of hires to the Caribbean etc. His Instagram is pretty good as a result.

  • Bobby Fisher
    Bobby Fisher 19 gün önce

    If they stopped the Private Jets, CEO’s wouldn’t work as hard. Therefore, that company’s gross revenue would likely decrease MORE than the money saved.
    Stop PJ’s = Less profits (mic drop)

  • Connor Wickham
    Connor Wickham 19 gün önce

    Ahh nooo! It was so good until you started talking about “carbon footprint”

  • annie00724
    annie00724 19 gün önce

    For large companies, they may consider the value of others’ time, not only the person flying. Commercial flights are unreliable. A delayed or cancelled flight can ruin an expensive corporate event, waste the time of hundreds of people waiting for the speaker to arrive at a convention, delay scheduled training, or damage professional relationships with valuable clients.

  • Alex Landherr
    Alex Landherr 19 gün önce

    Short answer: "We just want it" [Read in a baby voice of a CEO].

  • Cimajé Horace
    Cimajé Horace 19 gün önce

    It's a little odd hearing you enunciate your T's so hard