They have revealed how many miles Elon Musk traveled by plane throughout 2018. We explain why it is interesting to know the figure, and how it compares to other CEOs.
If you have ever wondered how Elon Musk manages to cope with his hectic schedule, you may find the answer in the airplane tours that the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX makes.
According to data revealed in a report by The Washington Post, in 2018 Musk traveled 150,000 miles by private jet – around 241,400 kilometers – which would be equivalent to circling the Earth six times. It is the result of about 250 flights made by the Musk jet throughout the year, supposedly for work reasons as well as for personal vacations.
But the trips that stand out most are those made by the Musk jet to cross from one end to another in Los Angeles, recording in numerous times trips of only 20 miles. However, Tesla alleged that Musk has never used his private jet to move within the city, but the vehicle was moved to pick him up at the nearest airport.
Thus, in the report they point out that these flights were financed mostly by Tesla, which faces profitability problems and has had to make redundancies and cuts in the last year. In total, in 2017 the expenditure resulting from the travel by jet of Musk amounted to $ 700,000. To put things in context: Apple won 19 times more revenue than Tesla in 2017 and spent around $ 93,000 to transport Tim Cook, CEO of the company, by private jet.
Thus, Drew Harwell, author of the article published in The Washington Post, was skeptical to ask why Tesla, being in the situation in which it is, is funding the trips of an individual worth 20 billion dollars. Of course, the company maintains that it does not finance the personal trips of the CEO and that they share costs with SpaceX based on the project.
But the great expense that Tesla could be assuming is not the only controversial issue. Harwell also emphasizes how ironic it is for Musk to advocate for sustainable energies, calling fossil fuels “the most stupid experiment of mankind.”
However, his jet does not use anything other than fuel to travel 300 miles to attend a videogame event, for example. The 150,000 miles traveled by Musk’s private jet in 2018 do not match its commitment to sustainability.
In his defense, a spokesman for Tesla explained that travel is essential for Musk to carry out its business. “Until we can teleport, unfortunately there is no alternative that would allow him to do his job so effectively,” explained Dave Arnold. However, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the richest person in the world, made about 100 flights less than Musk in the same period of time, according to The Washington Post.