Business aviation is a booming sector that promises a lavish experience often depicted in movies and series. While owning your own private jet is already a privilege, the demand on the market keeps thriving and going even further. Worldwide, the demand for luxury is reaching an unprecedented level. In response to the demands of the luxury clientele, aircraft manufacturers are making every effort to offer private jets that are as high-performance as they are prestigious.
The demands are varied and limitless, from business trips to more extravagant concerns such as:
- concerts to the other side of the world
- filming demands
- a confidential diplomatic flight
- quiet family travel
When money is no object, there is no room for compromise and nothing is ever too good. So dive into the world of 5-star air travel now. Leave behind the queues and put yourself in the shoes of billionaire CEOs and footballers.
In the frantic race for luxury in the air, what is the most expensive private jet in the world today? We reveal all about the most luxurious private jets in the world and their owners.
Who has the most expensive private jet in the world?
1. Air Force One
The most recent Air Force One is a highly modified Boeing 747-8, which is estimated to have cost around $1.6 billion. The high cost of Air Force One can be attributed to its advanced security and communication features, as well as its customized interior.
The aircraft has been specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of the President and his staff. It features :
- a suite for the President
- a conference room
- a medical facility
- a secure communications system
The interior of the aircraft is also designed to provide maximum comfort for the President and his staff during long flights. It includes :
- a private office
- a bedroom
- a large conference room that can accommodate up to 100 people
Air Force One is a symbol of the United States and a powerful tool for projecting its strength and influence around the world. The aircraft is operated by the U.S. Air Force and is maintained to the highest standards of safety and security. It is designed to transport the President and his staff anywhere in the world, at any time, with the utmost speed, efficiency, and security.
Total cost: $1.6 billion
The 15 most expensive private jets in the world
The President of the United States is not the only one enjoying luxurious jets. Below, we tell you more about the top 15 most expensive private jets in the world.
2. Saudi Prince Al Waleed’s Airbus A380
To date, the most expensive private jet in the world is the Saudi Prince Al Waleed’s Airbus A380. This aviation jewel is worth the incredible sum of 500 million dollars, making it is the most expensive private jet in the world.
Why does it cost so much? Because it is a long-haul aircraft that has been refurbished as a VIP private jet. This meant that most of the seats from the classic line model were removed to convert it into a luxurious space.
With an initial cost of 300 million euros, the prince then paid another 200 million to enjoy:
- a dining room for more than 10 people
- a relaxation area with spa and sauna
- a prayer room
- a royal viewing area with grand piano
- marbled water features
- a personal stadium for entertainment
The luxury colossus also regularly transports all types of cargo. Equipped with a garage and a stable, the Saudi prince can travel whenever he likes without ever leaving his luxury Rolls-Royce cars and his favorite horses and camels.
The 500 square meter, two-level A380 also has a long staircase, a throne in the center of the aircraft and even a room with a transparent floor to view the landscape below. Lastly, the successful businessman wanted to install a large, opulent meeting room.
Total cost: $500 million
3. Alisher Usmanov’s Airbus
The second richest man in Russia, Alisher Usmanov bought himself an Airbus A340-300. According to the Bloomberg agency, he then became the owner of the biggest private jet in Russia which cost him more than 350 million dollars.
Total cost: 350 million dollars
4. The Sultan of Brunei’s Boeing 747-430
The richest monarch in the world already owned two Airbus jets and has now completed his fleet with a Boeing 747-430 priced at 100 million dollars. Its VIP interior would have cost an additional $133 million. No wonder when you can wash your hands in a solid gold bowl on-board.
Total cost: $233 million
5. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Boeing 747-400
Estimated at $220 million, the interior of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Boeing 747-400 is very impressive. It originally had 400 passenger seats, which have now been replaced by various luxury items including a dining room for 14 people and several bedrooms.
Total cost: $220 million
6. Roman Abramovich’s Boeing 767-33A/ER
Despite his nickname of the “Bandit”, the Russian billionaire has nevertheless paid well for his Boeing 767-33A/ER for $170 million. The Chelsea FC owner has turned it into a veritable flying palace complete with banqueting hall and gold wall fittings. With 30 seats, he regularly lets his football players use it for their matches.
Total cost: $170 million
7. Joseph Lau’s Boeing 747-8I VIP
In 6th place is Asian real estate magnate Joseph Lau and his $153 million Boeing 747-8I VIP. The Hong Kong billionaire has treated himself to a few extravagances, including:
- a wine cellar with an incredible variety of grape varieties
- a state-of-the-art gym
Total cost: $153 million
8. Boeing 747-8 VIP (Anonymous owner)
The Boeing 747-8 VIP is a private jet, owned by an anonymous individual, that is based on the commercial Boeing 747-8 aircraft, but has been customized and equipped with luxurious amenities for VIP passengers. The interior is designed with a range of amenities, including :
- a master bedroom suite
- a lounge area
- a conference room
- and multiple dining areas
Total cost: $153 million
9. Tyler Perry’s Gulfstream III
American director, screenwriter and actor Tyler Perry is also the proud owner of the $125 million Gulfstream III. Its major feature is the very high-tech equipment, including:
- a giant flat-screen TV
- satellite television
- a Blu-ray player
- electronically controlled windows
Total cost: $125 million
10. Donald Trump’s Boeing 757
The $100 million Boeing 757 takes Donald Trump to 8th place in the rankings. Like the former president, the interior of the renowned luxury plane VC-25A is either love-it-or-hate-it. Between the cushions sewn with the Trump family’s emblem, the sports room and the bathroom with its gold sink, more is definitely more.
Total cost: $100 million
11. Qatar Amiri Flight’s Boeing 777-300ER
The Boeing 777-300ER is a long-range, wide-body airliner that is often used for commercial flights, but in this case, it is owned by Qatar Amiri Flight and is used as a private jet by the Qatari royal family and government officials.
Qatar Amiri Flight operates a fleet of private jets for the Qatari royal family and government officials, and the Boeing 777-300ER is one of their most luxurious and advanced aircraft. It is an exceptional choice for long-range travel and offers a level of luxury and sophistication that is unmatched by other private jets.
Total cost : $100 million
12. Bombardier Global 7000 (Anonymous owner)
The Bombardier Global 7000 is a luxurious and advanced private jet that is owned by an anonymous individual. Its interior is designed with a range of luxurious amenities, including a master bedroom suite, a lounge area, a conference room, and multiple dining areas.
The Bombardier Global 7000 also features a custom-designed cabin management system, which allows passengers to control the lighting, temperature, and entertainment systems from their own personal devices. It also has a dedicated crew rest area and a spacious cockpit that is designed for maximum comfort and efficiency.
Total cost : $73 million
13. Larry Page’s Gulfstream G650ER
Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google, is the proud owner of the Gulfstream G650ER which offers a range of high-tech features and amenities to ensure that passengers travel in the utmost comfort and style.
It is equipped with the latest technology, including a giant flat-screen TV, satellite television, and a Blu-ray player, allowing Larry Page and his guests to enjoy their favorite shows and movies while traveling.
Total cost : $70 million
14. Céline Dion’s & Bill Gates’ Bombardier 8000
Bill Gates and Céline Dion have one thing in common: they have both built on Canadian aviation excellence. The Bombardier 8000 is a new-gen aircraft that entered service in 2019 at a cost of $66 million. The twin-engine jet is as efficient as it is comfortable, with 17 passenger seats and an unrivaled flight range that sets it apart from the competition. It offers completely custom-built suites, giving the customer a wide range of layout and design possibilities.
Total cost: $66 million
15. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Gulfstream G200 Galaxy
Like many top sportsmen and women, Cristiano Ronaldo has his own private jet. His $23 million Gulfstream G200 Galaxy is one of the most expensive private jets owned by a footballer.
Total cost: 23 million dollars
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