• Countrywide, Planespotting, The I'm Asking You For A Favor Series

    I’m Asking You For Another Favor

    We’re not crazy- we understood full well the tough times that mortgage lender Countrywide has lately fallen on would mean a battening down and tightening of the company belt. We just assumed the streamlining would be contained to firing a ton of employees and screwing a few more people on their home loans, and not […]

    / Feb 8, 2008 at 11:48 AM
  • Planespotting, Warren Buffett

    Bush Vows to Crush Small Aviation (Big Airlines to Sleep in Lincoln Room)

    President Bush has moved onto a new, more worthy target and his name is Warren Buffett. Bushie is currently proposing a major cut in federal taxes paid by passenger carriers every year by $1.68 billion. The burden would fall on smaller operators like General Motors Corp. and NetJets Inc, Berkshire Hathaway’s business-jet charter company to […]

    / May 14, 2007 at 12:20 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: You Guy (s’ Planes) Are At 10; We Need You(r Planes) At About A 7

    Contrary to popular belief, here at DealBreaker, we like to look out for the little people. We’re all “Big Brothers” (and Sisters); every Wednesday night we play Bingo with a bunch of senior citizens; and we’ve all adopted several Cambodian children (legally). Carney was actually a stray kitten that we kept leaving milk outside the […]

    / Feb 12, 2007 at 4:33 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Screenshot of Corporate Jets Flying Out of Miami After The Superbowl

    (via Boing Boing) SAC Capital, Morgan Stanley, Blackstone and Citigroup all went for the three-day weekend, departing at ten am or later Monday morning. Meanwhile, the NYSE’s plane was in Hawaii until after 1 that afternoon, which chafes pretty badly, considering the fact that Johnny T. told me we couldn’t see each other this weekend […]

    / Feb 7, 2007 at 4:54 PM
  • Compensation, Planespotting

    What’s The Deal With…

    …every corporate executive and his mother (and her mother) taking the company jet on unauthorizedish jaunts? Todd Thomson, sure, he needed some privacy a few thousand feet above ground to seduce the $Honey, that we get. But what about everyone else? Like, for instance, Applebee’s former CEO Lloyd Hill? In a letter to the chairman […]

    / Jan 29, 2007 at 1:52 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Here’s One– Everyone Who’s Got the $$$ To Own His/Her Own Plane Flew To Switzerland

    Now that the housekeeping’s taken care of, now seems like as good a time as any to introduce our latest and greatest Planespotting feature. Our ad guy worked overtime this month—that or ‘Zbignew’ and ‘Anonymous’ have been clicking the hell out of the skyscraper—and we found ourselves with a little extra spending money. Naturally […]

    / Jan 23, 2007 at 4:28 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Do These Men Meet The Requirements For ‘Natural Selection Speed Dating’?

    Stevie “Boy” Cohen: Chicago Executive to Garfield Co Regional on his Gulfstream V Donald Trump: Laurence G Hanscom Field to Los Angeles Int’l on his Boeing 727-100 Warren Buffett: Mc Carran Int’l to Kahului on his Gulfstream IV

    / Jan 12, 2007 at 4:19 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Will Somebody Please Help Stevie Cohen?

    Stevie Cohen: Nassau Int’l to Boca Raton on his Gulfstream V We didn’t say anything when you took a stake in Build-a-Bear, or when you requested ice sculptures in the various likenesses of the A-team for your last birthday or even when you sent out a mass email asking if anyone knew of any “moyel-in-a-minute” […]

    / Jan 9, 2007 at 5:45 PM
  • business wisdom, Planespotting

    Like You Wouldn’t Do The Same Thing, Given The Circumstances

    Just because you’re a billionaire doesn’t mean you need to pilfer away your clams like a sailor on leave in the name of style, substance or safety. Carl Icahn doesn’t believe in buying $23 million jets anymore than he does in having a pair of limited edition Juicy Couture leopard-print skivvies (just kidding—he’s got one […]

    / Jan 8, 2007 at 12:42 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Look, Geppetto, I’m A Real Live Boy!

    John Thain: Metropolitan Oakland Int’l to Bob Hope on the NYSE’s Gulfstream IV While New York Magazine’s profile on John Thain may tell you a lot of things you didn’t know about the man whose cheek bones defy gravity to such an extent as to frighten young children and freshmen traders alike—Thain was instrumental in […]

    / Jan 3, 2007 at 1:53 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: One More Way To Spend Your GS Bonus– If You’ve Got The Cajones

    Barry Diller: Norman Y Mineta San Jose Int’l to Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos Int’l on his Cessna Citation X Eight words: The Oaxaca World Series of Cockfighting Championship Match. Why? Why not? Don’t even try and pretend to act like you wouldn’t be all over that, given flextime in your schedule and that jet-ownership provided […]

    / Dec 19, 2006 at 5:12 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sate Your Barry Diller Craving

    Barry Diller: Licenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos Int’l to William P Hobby on his Cessna Citation X NB: This flight has not departed yet; it is scheduled to take off/arrive tomorrow at 05:23AM GMT/12:47AM CST. All you rabid Diller fans out there, bust out the head shots and get yourselves an autograph worth putting under glass […]

    / Dec 12, 2006 at 4:38 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Sponsored By Jeffrey Epstein

    Barry Diller: Bermuda Int’l to St Lucie Co Int’l on his Cessna Citation X Stevie Cohen: Westchester Co to Shannon (Ireland) on his Gulfstream V

    / Dec 7, 2006 at 5:00 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Service Guiding D.Book Through Planespotting

    While we’re nothing if not accustomed to inspiring people, we didn’t know our reach was as high up (town) as the New York Times (43rd Street—it’s quite the hike!). But now that we’re here, we might as well grab the mic and offer some pointers. DealBreakers Guide To Planespotting: 1.If you’re going to ’Spot, you […]

    / Dec 1, 2006 at 5:21 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: This All Looks Pretty Legit. Or Does It?

    Barry Diller: Princess Juliana Int’l to Francis S Gabreski on his Raytheon Hawker 800 Donald Trump: La Guardia to Los Angeles Int’l on his Boeing 727-100 Warren Buffett: Naples Municipal to Point Salines Int’l on his Cessna 560 Citation 5

    / Nov 30, 2006 at 5:10 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: Just Giving You Your Money’s Worth

    Bill Gates: Trenton Mercer to Luis Munoz Marin Int’l on his Cessna Citation X Blackstone: Bermuda Int’l to Washington Dulles Int’l on its Raytheon Hawker 800 Donald Trump: Palm Beach Int’l to La Guardia on his Boeing 727-100 Warren Buffett: Westchester Co to Boca Raton on his Gulfstream IV Denise Rich: Westchester Co to Washington […]

    / Nov 21, 2006 at 4:38 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: Gateses Gone Wild

    Bill Gates: San Diego Int’l to General Manuel Marquez De Leon Int’l on his Cessna Citation Excel [Earlier that evening, at the Gates manse…] Bill: Ten hour-long phone calls last month alone to Mount Kisco. Who do we know in Mount Kisco? Melinda: What? Bill: I said ‘who do we know it Mount Kisco?’ Melinda: […]

    / Nov 9, 2006 at 5:15 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: John Thain, Least Shady By Default

    NYSE: Westchester Co to Berumuda Int’l on its Gulfstream IV (Wal-Mart Spawn) Jim Walton: Lethbridge to Grande Prairie (Alberta) on his Cessna Skylane Donald Trump: Pease Int’l Tradeport to La Guardia on his Boeing 727-100 David Becker: Port Isabel Cameron Co to Austin Bergstrom Int’l on his Mooney M-20 [We’ve got our hands full with […]

    / Oct 31, 2006 at 4:26 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: The Courtship

    Warren Buffett: Santa Monica Municipal to Centennial (Denver) on his Gulfstream IV Drinks? Dinner? Tomorrow? 7:30?* Donald Trump: John F Kennedy Int’l to Pease Int’l Tradeport on his Boeing 727-100 *In a room full of people, you’re the only one we see. Blackstone Group: Westchester Co to Edward Lawrence Logan Int’l on its Raytheon Hawker […]

    / Oct 26, 2006 at 4:16 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: We All Make Mistakes

    Warren Buffett: Teterboro to Santa Monica Municipal on his Gulfstream IV No dead hookers! This trip is fine by us!* *Warren. Warrie. (Can we call you Warrie?). Let’s chat. No need to be afraid, we promise. Really, we’re not going to say anything defamatory. Girl Scout’s honor and you know we’re telling the truth because […]

    / Oct 24, 2006 at 5:58 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: You Do What You Want

    Denise Rich: Westchester Co to Washington Dulles Int’l on her Learjet 60 (We have nothing to say about this trip.)

    / Oct 19, 2006 at 3:54 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: Bill Becomes A Man, Thain, Citigroup

    Microsoft : Lambert St Louis Int’l to Los Cabos Int’l on its Cessna Citation X This trip is a lot like the scene in Sixteen Candles when Anthony Michael Hall gathers all the nerds in school into one room and proudly holds up Molly Ringwald’s underwear, as a sign that, you know what? He fucking […]

    / Oct 17, 2006 at 4:40 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: (Too Soon?)

    Donald Trump: Los Angeles Int’l to Mc Carran Int’l on his Boeing 727-100 […nervous laughter…shuffling papers…chirping crickets…]

    / Oct 12, 2006 at 2:28 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: That’s A Lot Of Viagra

    Match the victim to his aircraft, origin/destination, flight time, pick-up line used in-flight. (Bonus points if you can tell us the names of the stewardesses said pick-up lines were used on). Answers to be posted in today’s Write-Offs. Good luck to all (with Steve “Shifty Eyes” Jobs in the mix, you know you’ll need it). […]

    / Oct 5, 2006 at 4:06 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Doing It With Blindfolds

    Which private investment and advisory firm founded in 1985 by Peter G. Peterson and Stephen A. Schwarzman took the company Raytheon Hawker 800 to the embarrassingly déclassé (we’re talking on the MySpace level) Southwest Florida Int’l Airport? Which Forbes 400 octogenarian from Philadelphia flew her Gulfstream V to Luton (UK) Airport, phamaldehide and all? Which […]

    / Sep 28, 2006 at 5:41 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: Taking Things Too Far?*

    Microsoft (Bill? Why not.): Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood Int’l to Princess Juliana Int’l (St. Maarten) on its Cessna Citation X. (Princess Juliana Int’l. Princess Juliana International Airport. Where you’re picked up in a hot pink convertible and whisked away to Barbie’s Dream House, without ever having to set eyes on a native or a person not […]

    / Sep 14, 2006 at 4:23 PM
  • Dead Hookers, Planespotting

    Planespotting: Agents, Sluts, Cravolta, Money

    William Morris Agency (ostensibly President Jim Wiatt but who can ever really know these things): Nassau Int’l (Bahamas) to Wilmington Int’l on its Gulfstream G200 (We were going to give this little jaunt low marks on account of its personally offensive nature; one dead hooker, and nothing more. Honestly, since Dawson’s Creek ended, who goes […]

    / Sep 12, 2006 at 4:38 PM
  • Planespotting

    Planespotting: Who’s Been Naughty And Who’s Been Nice?

    Mayor Bloomberg: Morristown Municipal Airport to Burlington Int’l (again) on his Mooney M-20M Bravo (If we could give Mikey no Dead Hookers we would. That’s how un-Dead Hooker worthy this trip is. But the rules call for 1-5 Dead Hookers, no more, no less, so one Dead Hooker it is. To be honest, it’s a […]

    / Sep 5, 2006 at 4:10 PM

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