Murkowski pays for trip on private jet

Posted: Monday, February 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski has reimbursed former Alaska banking executive Ed Rasmuson for a ride home from a Scotland hunting trip in Rasmuson's private jet last month.

The two are old friends. "This is a hunt we have taken for several years with our wives," Murkowski said.

Murkowski left Washington, D.C., for a pheasant-hunting trip in Scotland on the weekend of Jan. 12.

Murkowski paid Rasmuson $2,790 for the ride out of personal funds, said the governor's spokesman, John Manly. The airplane is a Gulfstream business jet, Manly said.

The amount of the reimbursement was calculated on how much it would have cost the governor to fly back on Continental Airlines, Manly said. Murkowski and his wife, Nancy, had flown Continental to Scotland.

Continental Airlines' Web site says advance purchase of two economy-class one-way tickets from Glasgow, Scotland, to Anchorage would cost $2,646, with connecting flights in Newark and Seattle. A first-class ticket with the same connecting flights would have cost $10,000.

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