Trump Private Jet Languishing In Disrepair At Regional New York Airport
“T-bird” may never fly again. That’s the nickname that Donald Trump gave to his Boeing 757-200 private jet, which carried him all over the country during his 2016 campaign for the presidency. During his four years in office, of course, his mode of long-range air travel was the 747 known as Air Force One whenever he was aboard.
Since Trump’s inauguration day the aircraft has sat idle at the Newburgh-Stewart International Airport in Orange County, N.Y. about 60 miles north of Manhattan. The plane, which he used as a background for campaign rallies, photo shoots and appeared in the opening sequence of “The Apprentice,” is missing its left engine and the right engine is shrink-wrapped in plastic. Aviation experts estimate that, even if he could obtain a new engine, the cost to return the jet to airworthiness would approach $1 million.
Given the financial strain the Trump Organization’s hospitality properties are under as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and severe drop in revenue, it doesn’t appear that Trump has much interest in pouring tons of cash into rehabbing the plane. Also, the cost to fly that aging 757 is between $15,000 and $18,000 per hour. That’s why most commercial airlines are eliminating them from their fleets.
Trump purchased the plane from the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2010. It was already 20 years old at the time and, before Allen bought it for his personal use, it had been in service as a commercial aircraft in Mexico.
There’s speculation that given Trump’s imminently due real estate loan payments he may be looking to unload the plane to raise cash. He claims to have paid $100 million for the aircraft and spent millions more outfitting it with gold leaf seatbelt buckles, gilded toilets, bedrooms and mahogany tables. Today, the going price for a used 757 is somewhere between $7 million and $10 million.