North Dakota State U President: Private Plane Justified, Cost-Effective

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A private airplane cost North Dakota State University more than $500,000 last year, but President Dean Bresciani says it’s a more efficient use of time and money than driving to meetings across the state.

Bresciani said his goal is to use the plane only when multiple people need to travel and he flies commercial for out-of-state trips.

NDSU’s Beechcraft King Air B-200 often carries the maximum eight passengers, which requires one passenger to sit on a seat that has a toilet under the cushion, Bresciani said.

“There’s a perception that this is a luxury and an extravagance,” Bresciani said. “Anybody who’s been in it would hardly describe it as luxury travel. We use the plane as both a time and cost-efficiency mechanism.”

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