Opulent hotels with wings, the planet’s most pricey private jets are the preserve of pampered billionaires who wouldn’t dream of setting foot in a run-of-the-mill first-class cabin on a commercial aircraft. We take a peek at the most expensive personal planes money can buy.
Gulfstream G-650: $70 million
The largest, fastest, most expensive jet made by the prestigious aerospace firm, the G-650 has a base price of $70 million, but many buyers opt for fancy extras that can bump up the total cost into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Superstar owners of this swanky private jet include film director Peter Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey is reportedly on the three-year waiting list to bag a Gulfstream G-650, which can accommodate up to 18 people in refined luxury.
Buyers can choose from 12 floor plans that range from business-orientated configurations to more entertainment- and relaxation-focused designs. Private staterooms are on offer, as well as handcrafted leather recliners and fine crystal accent.
Boeing 737 Business Jet: $80 million
This customized Boeing 737 was snapped up in 2012 by a private American client. The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) carries 19 passengers and can handle 5,600 nautical miles at mach 0.80, flying an impressive 12 hours before it requires refueling.
The deluxe aircraft boasts a swish conference room decked out with comfy seating and state-of-the-art tech, as well as a large stateroom with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom, and a smaller guest bedroom.
There’s also a ridiculously well-equipped kitchen with two ovens, a fridge, wine cooler, professional coffee machine and even a trash compactor. While the base price of the BBJ is $57 million, this custom job totaled $80 million, thanks to the luxe interior options.
Airbus A319 Corporate Jet: $89.6 million
This sleek Airbus jet holds 18 to 30 passengers, depending on the precise configuration of the custom job. Offering ‘unmatched comfort’, the super-plane is fitted to each client’s personal specifications.
Clients can opt for a leisure-orientated fit – think plush butter-soft leather seating, huge king-size beds with goose down duvets and a cutting-edge entertainment system to help while away the hours in the skies
Likewise, the business-only customer has the option of customizing the cabin with corporate-friendly amenities such as a fully functioning office area or an imposing boardroom table for those mile-high meeting.
Boeing 757 Private Jet: $100 million
No prizes for guessing who owns this flashy Boeing 757 jet. President Trump bagged the second-hand aircraft dubbed ‘Trump Force One’ in 2011 from Microsoft’s Paul Allen and has spared no expense revamping the plane in suitably lavish style.
The interior doesn’t disappoint. The lounge area features cream leather seating and walnut tables and cabinets, and the bathroom is dripping in 24-carat gold finishes and premium marble.
Exactly what Trump needs to escape from it all, enjoy some me-time and get his beauty sleep, the aircraft’s master bedroom rocks a roomy double bed and comfy chair, embossed of course with the Trump family crest.
Gulfstream III Private Jet: $125 million
Media mogul Tyler Perry is the proud owner of this stunning Gulfstream III jet. He bought the plane for $65 million and spent almost the same amount customizing the interior, creating a ‘flying theater’ at 10,000 feet.
The aircraft’s entertainment zone seriously wows with an extra-large HD LCD screen, movie theater-quality audio and lighting. Best of all, it has cool mood windows that change color and opacity to enhance the viewing experience.
In addition to the futuristic entertainment area, the private jet has a formal dining and lounge area adorned with antique objets and valuable oil paintings, an ultramodern kitchen, swanky bathrooms and a private VIP bedroom.
Boeing 767-33A/ER Private Jet: $170 million
This roomy Boeing belongs to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. With capacity for up to 409 people, it’s one of the largest private jets in the world. A flying fortress, the aircraft is equipped with its own advanced missile warning system and radar jamming technology.
Highly-polished wood, creamy upholstery and gold accents appear to be the interior finishes of choice for billionaire private jet owners and Abramovich’s airplane is no exception with its fine chestnut tables, off-white furniture and gilded touches.
The jet also features several stylish guest areas, complete with squishy leather chairs and snug double beds. And there’s no eating off plastic flip-down tables on this plane – the main dining area boasts a sprawling 30-seat dining table.
Boeing 747-430 Private Jet: $220+ million
Adding to his existing collection of private jets, the mega-wealthy Sultan of Brunei purchased this sizable 747 for $100 million and then spent at least an extra $120 million customizing the jumbo jet.
Blinged out to the absolute max, the Sultan of Brunei’s flagship aircraft is super-extravagant. Gold certainly isn’t in short supply on this aircraft – dazzling 24-carat finishes feature throughout the cabin.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it, and the Sultan of Brunei isn’t afraid to show off his fabulous wealth. The royal bathroom takes luxury to a whole new level with a solid 24-carat gold washbasin and Lalique crystal accents.
Boeing 747-81 VIP Private Jet: $367 million
The Boeing 747-81 VIP, aka the Dreamliner, is the latest must-have private jet for extreme high net worth individuals. Owners of previous incarnations include Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau, and the aircraft has even been selected as the US president’s new Air Force One.
This beauty was delivered to a private client last year. Designed and fitted by Greenpoint Technologies, the sleek, sophisticated cabin comprises a whopping 4,786 square feet of space, which includes a stunning stateroom, huge dining area, lounges and an office zone
The interior features the familiar gold and cream décor so favored by billionaires and nods to art deco. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious in-flight master bedroom, which resembles a sumptuous suite in a top hotel.
Airbus A340-300 Private Jet: $450+ million
The world’s most pricy private jet belongs to Alisher Usmanov, Russia’s richest man. He paid $238 million for the plane and spent a fortune decking it out. The Airbus can carry hundreds of passengers and flies a lengthy 9,000 miles before it needs to refuel.
The interior of the aircraft is a closely guarded secret and there are no available photos to show you unfortunately. To give you a sense of what it’s like, the plane reportedly rocks a loungy nightclub area similar to this swish cabin design
There are also comfy bedroom areas on the Airbus with double and king-size beds. Like this elegant, modern design by Airjet, sleeping areas on ultra-premium private jets resemble the best boutique hotel suites.
These amazing private planes are like 5 star resorts within themselves. And that’s just to get you to your destination. Once you arrive the sky’s the limit!
By John Cicioni