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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa selling his private jet

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By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

Rich people have it rough. When they’re not living in luxury hotel penthouse suites or hiring fake girlfriends for hundreds of thousands of dollars, they have a hard time finding ways to spend all of their money. What does one do with the millions or billions of dollars?

Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese billionaire and founder of the massively successful online fashion retailer Zozotown, doesn’t really seem to have that problem; he’s a collector of art, which he hopes to share with the world in a museum, and has even bought one of the world’s most expensive violins so that it can grace the ears of people around the world. In fact, he’s so generous that he’s happy to just give away his money to random Twitter users, although he does use some of his money on himself. He did, after all, buy his own private jet, which he says has really been quite a practical purchase. How do we know? He made a YouTube video telling us all about it.

At the start of the video, Maezawa, sitting in his very luxurious-looking chauffeured car as it takes him to Narita Airport, explains that he’s going to Australia, and decided to do a tour of his private jet while he’s there, since that was what his YouTube subscribers requested most. As they’re driving, he says that since he bought the plane four years ago he hasn’t ridden any commercial airlines, and he flies about twice a month, so he’s actually made good use of it.

After proceeding through the gate at the private terminal for jet owners, he gets on a private bus that will take him to the hangar where his plane awaits. The bus drives along the runway, behind the commercial planes, where we get a view of the terminal where normal folk are probably waiting for their crowded flights. “Not many people get to see this sight,” he remarks, and then marvels at how cool the planes look from behind.

Finally we get our first view of his private jet, which looks sleek with its all-black body, two blue stripes, and silver wings. The crew is waiting near the steps, and as the bus approaches, they line up on either side and bow low (top photo). Leading up to the stairs is a lavish red carpet, suitable for a billionaire.

When we enter the plane, he first gives us a tour of the cockpit. He shows where the captain and co-captain sit, and explains that he always has both on every flight. However, he says the electric cockpit is almost entirely automatic, and only needs to be operated during take-off and landing.

Following, he shows us the galley where the cabin attendant prepares drinks and food for him and his guests. Maezawa likes wine, so he had a special cabinet and shelf built to safely store his wine glasses, and even has a small wine fridge. The interior is a beautiful dark brown color, like wood, but shiny, as if it were made of wood and covered with glass. It’s very expensive-looking.

Through the door at the end of the galley is the cabin were Maezawa spends his flights. There are four large, clean, luxurious, white leather seats arranged independently of each other, and then five of the same seats around two tables, where passengers can talk, eat, and do business. Maezawa likes to sit at the four-seater table, because he prefers to sit with his guests when he flies. There is also bowl of cheap Japanese snacks, which are Maezawa’s favorites, on one of the tables. The video company captioned it as “Feels out-of-place”. It certainly does.

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But that’s not all; there’s another room with more seats: two private seats and a three-seater bench. That means that this plane can seat up to 14 people, but Maezawa says that he’s never had that many people on his plane, because he likes to pull the bench out into a bed and sleep on it during long flights.

At the end of that room is the restroom, where there’s a quality washlet toilet installed, a gold-tinted metal sink, and a closet with hangers. Beyond that is the storage for suitcases. After introducing them, Maezawa explained that he can operate a lot of the features of the plane with his iPod, such as the shutters on the windows and the lighting in the cabin. And of course, we can’t forget the most important feature of the plane: the on-board karaoke machine.

That concluded the tour, but Maezawa had one more thing to share: he’s selling his “old” plane at the end of next year, and getting a brand new one, which he promises he will also give a tour of when it arrives. So if you’re interested in buying his “outdated” private jet, with its custom wine shelves, pull out sofa bed, and washlet toilet, inquire at the e-mail included in the video description box. As Maezawa explained earlier in the video, everything is faster and simpler with a private jet, from check-in and security to immigration and customs. Even the flight time is faster, so he assures us it’s well worth the investment, even if it is “old.”

Source: YouTube/Yusaku Maezawa

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Yawwwwwn.

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So, after all of his high-minded talk about art and the sharing the wonder of the human experience and whatnot, at the end of the day, he’s just another rich guy, showing off his private jet. Or did I miss something?

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He’s pitching to the wrong person here, I never buy used stuff.

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Oh! One Billionaire put a dislike on my comment. lol

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isn't it great? That his only problem is how to get rid of his old multi million dollar plane that he only uses so he can sleep well on long flights? While his workers are all paid 20 man (or less) a month. What a great and very sinpiring man! (slow clap)

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inquire at the e-mail included in the video description box.

I emailed my offer. We'll see what happens.

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He is not selling it as he thought that a private jet has utterly negative impact on the environment and he will prefer limit aboard travel by using teleworking and when he will not be able to just use commercial flight.

He is not selling it either because of financial issue.

So I do not really get why it is in the news. I am selling some boots, when can I have an article about it published ? Because it is the same, the scale is just lower.

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Showi'g off means he's utterly limited.

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definitely these seats are where he had sex with hundreds of his gold digger girls , Maybe 3-5 gold diggers per flight? haha

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Good for him! Naysayers gotta neigh.

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Is this news ?

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There is also bowl of cheap Japanese snacks, which are Maezawa’s favorites, on one of the tables. The video company captioned it as “Feels out-of-place”. It certainly does.

Rich people eat junk food too. Just ask the guests at Trump’s BigMac dinner party.

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Very low quality for the entertainment industry.

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What does one do with the millions or billions of dollars?

Invest it and make trillions of dollars!

There is also bowl of cheap Japanese snacks, which are Maezawa’s favorites, on one of the tables. The video company captioned it as “Feels out-of-place”. It certainly does.

Everyone has their quirks.

Thank you, but no thank you, I'll take the bus!

To Australia? (Yes, I am being a smartass.)

Har! I gave you a thumbs-up for that, Chip Star! Merry Christmas!

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JJ JetplaneToday  07:42 am JST

You'll find that the vast majority of rich people (billionaires or not) who use private jet travel, hire or lease private jets. They don't own them nor ever intend to. Same with yachts. And if they do actually own one, they often aren't the sole owner, or lease it out to others to maintain its upkeep when they're not using it.

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Bourgeoisie!

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Lifestyles of the rich and famous!

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Wasn't this the same guy that came out a few months ago and said he's bleeding money and nearly broke? While he has a lot of assets, he doesn't have much cash.

Also, a private jet. Such a rarity among billionaires. Please, there are millionaires that have 5 private jets. There are pastors that are not millionaires and they have private jets.

While the likelihood of owning one is small amongst the average person, it isn't special in terms billionaires. John Travolta is nowhere close to a billionaire and he's been piloting his own private jet for decades.

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Maezawa is spending about 70 million USD to fly to and around the Moon for a week in 2023 (with SpaceX), and he bought a single painting last year for 110 million USD. A new private jet is a relatively practical expense. I just bought a new electric kettle at Walmart for $12, so I can identify with Maezawa's sense of practicality...

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The articles states he's selling his old plane and buying a new one.

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massively successful online fashion retailer Zozotown

Yes, that's why he's selling his plane and his paintings. Has he sold his ticket to space?

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Thank you, but no thank you, I'll take the bus!

To Australia? (Yes, I am being a smartass.)

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So what? Odds are that 99.99% of the people here are never going to fly, let alone own their own private jet, is this article a sales pitch to us?

Thank you, but no thank you, I'll take the bus!

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