2012 NFC Championship
Flying 42G jet 'Blue'Giants fans' air raid
By JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and JEANE MACINTOSH
Posted: 2:55 AM, January 18, 2012
When it comes to watching his beloved Giants in luxury, the sky's the limit for one Manhattan insurance executive. William Powers and his buddies just plunked down $42,000 to rent a private Falcon 50 jet — complete with a personal flight attendant — to fly them to Big Blue's NFC Championship match against the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.
"I'm a diehard Giants fan and a born-and-bred New Yorker," said Powers, 42, who lives on the Upper East Side. "I didn't think they'd make it this far," but now, "there is no way we'd miss this game." He and seven of his friends split the cost of their luxury air ride, said Powers, who has been to all the Giants' home games this season.
The plan is to leave New York on Saturday. The 5 1/2- hour flight will get them to the City by the Bay in plenty of time for a game-eve bash. "We will leave on Saturday, so we can have one night of pregame partying," the exec said. "We'll stay in downtown San Francisco [and] have a nice dinner."
Their rooms at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown San Francisco run about $380 a night. Tickets to the game are $700 a pop, and Powers estimates a food-and-bar total of about $3,200. "We will all split the cost,'' said Powers, who estimated he and his buddies will lay out about $7,000 each.
The plan for Sunday, Powers said, is "wake up, head over to the stadium, do some tailgating, go to the game — then go to the airport, hop back on the plane, and head home. "It is all about convenience, obviously, which is why we're sucking up the cost," said Powers, who is married with two young kids."Flying private means we'll be back faster than the red eye."
And Powers said he and his high-flying pals are ready to do it again if the Giants score a Super Bowl slot. "If the Giants win, we'll fly privately to Indiana for the Super Bowl," he vowed. "We will do it all in a day — making our families happy by leaving and returning within 24 hours."
The group is one of several parties that have already snapped up 12 private planes from Manhattan-based Blue Star Jets, said company President Todd Rome.
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