A mysterious trip from Moscow to South Florida by a private jet used by the CEO of the Kremlin’s largest bank suddenly came to an end early Sunday morning. After just 21 hours and 34 minutes on the ground at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the Gulfstream G650 operated by Jet Air Group with the tail number RA-10204 took off and flew back to Russia.
In a statement via Twitter, the Russian state-run Sberbank claimed that the trip was unconnected to the institution’s “business activities.”
According to online flight data, the plane that is used regularly by Sberbank CEO German Gref (pictured above) landed at FLL at 2:31 a.m. EST on Saturday morning.
At 12:23 a.m. on Sunday, it took off again. The private jet landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport (SVO) at 6:17 p.m. local time. That would be 10:17 a.m. EST, a nine-hour, 54 minute flight.
FLL airport sits less than 50 miles from the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, owned by Donald Trump — where Trump has been spending his holiday vacation, which is not scheduled to end until late Sunday afternoon.
Whether Gref was on the plane, and why the jet made the quick round-trip between Moscow and South Florida, remains unclear. Between Friday and Sunday, the Sberbank-owned jet spent 22 hours and 16 minutes in the air. But the plane was on the ground in Florida for only 21 hours, 52 minutes.