Elon’s year, as told by his air travel

Wonderfully inventive angle from the Washington Post. It dug up flight records from Elon Musk’s private jet, revealing a year of heavy, globe-spanning travel.

From the story:

Musk’s jet logged more than 250 flights for his work, pet projects and vacations across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East during a year when he said his electric-car giant was losing up to $100 million a week and teetered on the brink of collapse.

Musk of course isn’t the only high-powered CEO with a private jet, of course. But the rules are arguably different for the man who runs one of the world’s most famous renewable energy advocates, and irony the Post points out:

[It] also reveals an awkward dynamic for one of the world’s most outspoken crusaders of renewable energy: In September, a few days after calling fossil fuels “the dumbest experiment in human history,” his plane burned thousands of pounds of jet fuel flying 300 miles from L.A. to Oakland so Musk could view a competitive video-gaming event.

There’s nothing particularly damaging here, and Tesla’s PR team has dodged the awkward “how much?” question by saying it did not cover Musk’s personal travel. But, as the article notes, that leaves a lot of wiggle room over what constitutes work/pleasure.