Most Expensive Private Jets
Have you ever pushed your way through the super narrow aisles on an economy class flight only to be squeezed into a tiny seat? It’s not much fun but it gets you to your destination, right?
Air travel has become a lot more affordable over the last few decades but it has also meant airline companies are packing more and more passengers into their planes in order to stay competitive and still turn a profit.
Most of us don’t really mind the tight conditions on short flights but long-haul flights can be a bit of a nightmare. This is the time our minds drift off and we start daydreaming about flying in a private jet. Unfortunately, most of can only dream about traveling in the luxury of a private jet. All that legroom, the opulence and all the privacy and comfort of only traveling with people you know.
To help you get your imagination and daydreams to the next level, we’ll look at the 10 most expensive private jets to give you a glimpse of how good air travel can be.
1. Airbus 380 Custom Jet
You’d have to have some pretty big pockets to own a private jet like the Airbus 380, so it’s no surprise that the owner is a Saudi Prince. The Airbus 380 is the largest commercial airplane in the world that had a seating capacity of up to 850, so you can just imagine what was needed to turn it into a private jet.
This plane has a rotating prayer room so that the faithful can always face Mecca at prayer time. There is a garage for cars and even a stable for camels and horses. The Prince has his own throne to sit in, a fully sized boardroom and a concert hall. There are several fully furnished bedrooms and a whole host of other luxurious features. This means the Prince’s entourage can travel in the lap of luxury with the dozens of luggage sets royals like to take with them when they find themselves abroad.
The plane is estimated to be worth around $500 million and is often referred to as the Flying Palace. If you’re ever lucky enough to fly in something as opulent as this plane, you’ll want a travel camera with you to take loads of happy snaps.
Price Tag: $500 million
Owner: Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia
Engine – 4 X Engine Alliance GP 7270
Maximum Cruising Speed – 1,050.87 km per hr.
Flight Range – 15 700 kilometers
Cabin Space – 550 square meters
2. Boeing 747-8 VIP
The interior of this private jet is packed with excessiveness. This plane has luxurious bedrooms, including a super-swanky master suite and even the guest bedroom is ultra chic. The bathrooms are all fully equipped and the basins are made of gold. There are also two fully furnished living rooms. Then there is a large TV, private office and a host of other rooms all designed to make flying an incredibly enjoyable experience. The dining room can sit 14 guests in absolute style
This Boeing 747 is owned by an anonymous billionaire who has chosen to maintain his privacy but it has been reported to have cost about $153 million before any custom refurbishments.
Price Tag: $617 million
Owner: Not Known
Engine – 4 X General Electric GEnx 2B67
Maximum Cruising Speed – 1,044.44 km per hr.
Flight Range – 13 450 kilometers
Cabin Space – 1458 square meters
3. Boeing 757
This is another huge commercial style airplane that has been converted into a private jet for the rich and famous. In fact, this is the private jet that Donald Trump has. In the commercial world, this plane can fly around 240 passengers, but when you fly with Trump only around 43 passengers can be accommodated. There is also plenty of storage space for the multitude of luggage and accessories the Trump women usually pack with them, and also the flight and cabin crew’s personal belongings. All stored conveniently out of sight. In true Trump style, this plane has been fitted with gold fixtures in the bathrooms and even the seat belt buckles are 24 karat gold. Other features include a huge big-screen TV, a very extravagant master suite and a spare room as well. It’s comfort and luxury all the way.
Price Tag: $100 million before refurbishments
Owner: Donald Trump
Engine – 2 Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines.
Maximum Cruising Speed – 1,044.44 km per hr.
Flight Range – 12 874 kilometers
Cabin Space – 395 square meters
4. Gulfstream III
Owner Tyler Perry has made a great career for himself in the movie industry. It’s no surprise then that his private jet would have several big screen TVs built into it. The lighting has also been especially designed so that you can enjoy watching movies with a minimum of glare and the seating provides better comfort than a first-class cinema. It also boasts a formal dining area, a fully equipped custom kitchen and bathroom and a private bedroom for VIPs.
Unfortunately, Tyler Perry’s most noted celebrity to ride in his private jet was Whitney Houston. Sadly, it was to her funeral.
Price Tag: $125 million
Owner: Tyler Perry
Engine: 2 Rolls Royce Spey Turbofan Engines
Maximum Cruising Speed: 903 km/hr.
Flight Range: 7402.98 kilometers
Cabin Space: 38 cubic meters
5. Airbus A319 Corporate Jet
This gorgeous jet looks stunning inside and out. It features a stunning dining area and a fully stocked bar. Everything from the stateroom to the bathroom has been carefully thought out to provide travelers with every possible in-flight luxury.
There is no need to lose precious business time during long flights. This plane has its own boardroom and if that isn’t an option you can always go to a video conference. The only interruptions to getting on with business are for sleeping and eating.
Unfortunately, the liquor tycoon has had to sell this ultimate status symbol and as the refurbishments were over a decade old, it won’t even come close to the original selling price.
Price Tag: $80.7 million
Owner: Vijay Mallya
Engine: 2 Wing Pylon-mounted Turbofan Engines
Maximum Cruising Speed: 828 km/hr
Flight Range: 9495 kilometers
Cabin Space: Can seat up to 30 passengers
6. Boeing 767-33A/ER
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich not only owns this jet but also Chelsea Football Club so the team is regularly flown to their games in style. The players have plenty of room to stash a sport or travel backpack and anything else they need to take with them from game to game. The interior consists of chestnut and lavishly decorated with gold. The dining area can easily accommodate 30 passengers.
With air travel sometimes facing threats, Abramovich had the jet fitted with an anti-missile system for added security. Sleek and stunning inside and out, this plane features a big-screen TV and comfortable lounge area as well as cozy areas for sleeping so the football players can get lots of rest and relaxation on their way to the games.
Price Tag: $170 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Engine: General Electric GF6-80C2B2F
Maximum Cruising Speed: 850 km/hr
Flight Range: 11 090 kilometers
Cabin Width: 4.5 meters
7. Boeing 747-430
The price of this private jet was not overly extravagant in terms of jet prices but the owner, the Sultan of Brunei invested over $100 million on top of the original price to get it up to luxury standards. It’s hard to imagine royalty settling for anything less.
This plane is the epitome of decadence. The interior is lavishly decorated with gold and crystal and if that wasn’t enough, the bathroom basins are reputed to be made of solid gold. The bedroom and living areas are more lavish than most hotel rooms which makes a person wonder whether it would be worthwhile even checking into a hotel.
Price Tag: $233 million
Owner: Sultan of Brunei
Engine: Jet Engine Turbofan
Maximum Cruising Speed: 988 km/hr
Flight Range: 13 450 kilometers
Cabin Space: 524.9 m2
8. Airbus A340-300
Wealthy Russians are known for their extravagance and this jet is enough to send President Vladimir Putin into an envious state as it is reported to be bigger and more luxurious than his own jet. Nothing has been spared in getting this ostentatious plane to the highest level of excessiveness. Just looking at the exterior, you can see the WOW factor with its stylish paint job.
Moving to the interior the flashiness is visible wherever you look. It is nothing short of spectacular. Cushy leather chairs surround the dining table and the other facilities are second to none. There are sleeping quarters, fully fitted bathrooms and sitting areas all around. What is not visible is the start of the art technology built into the mechanics that ensure a safe and smooth flight for those fortunate enough to fly this airborne mansion.
Price Tag: $400 million (possibly more)
Owner: Alisher Usmanov – Russian Billionaire
Engine: 4 Turbofan Engines
Maximum Cruising Speed: 915 km/hr
Flight Range: 13699 kilometers
Plane Length: 63.69 meters
9. Boeing 747-81 VIP
As the name suggests, this jet is VIP only and with the title of Dreamliner, you can expect nothing less. This double-level plane has the latest technology built in. Perhaps some of that technology also includes luggage trackers. A stunning spiral staircase separates the two levels and features an enormous private office that can host meetings. The vaulted ceilings make the jet look more spacious and also includes several guest rooms and a personal gym. What better way is there to pass the time on those long flights?
Price Tag: $153 million
Owner: Joseph Lau – Hong Kong Property & Real Estate Tycoon
Engine: General Electric GEnx Engines
Maximum Cruising Speed: 1195 km/hr
Flight Range: 17 020 kilometers
Cabin Space: 445 m2
10. Boeing Business Jet 2
Nothing but the best is the perfect description of this jet owned by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. As if the executive lounge with full boardroom seating wasn’t enough, the private suite has its own bedroom and bathroom. This flying hotel is everything for personal and business travel. The interior is incredibly spacious with every comfort catered for with separate seating and dining areas all fitted with plush furnishings.
Price Tag: $73 million
Owner: Mukesh Ambani
Engine: 2 CFM 56-7B27 Turbofan Engines
Maximum Cruising Speed: 870 km/hr
Flight Range: 12 300 kilometers
Cabin Space: 95.2 m2
Owning any one of these private jets would be a dream come true. No more juggling on-board luggage like backpacks or duffel bags or being woken up by your seating neighbor who needs to use the bathroom. Can you imagine not having to swallow those not so appealing in-flight meals? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little more appetizing and served on real china instead of tiny plastic plates and utensils? And what about those long flights? Instead of getting a stiff neck and back from being stuck in a tight sitting position for countless hours you could stretch out and sleep like a king. Before you arrive at your destination you could be showered, shaved and changed into a fresh set of clothes. Better yet, if you’ve chosen to travel to a coastal destination, you could disembark your plane in shorts, v-neck t-shirt and flip flops all ready to hit the beach.
Most of us will probably never own something as spectacular as our own private jet. Many of us may never even be lucky enough to experience the ultimate comfort and luxury of traveling in such decadence and style. But looking at these amazing jets shouldn’t stop us from putting this on our wish list. At the very least, we can let our minds wander to a seat in a private jet. Even if we are sitting in an economy seat on a commercial flight.