Flying private jets is still a privilege left to very few – afforded by elected officials, powerful businessmen, celebrities, and the incredibly wealthy. However, over the past few decades, flying has become an increasingly popular method of traveling long distances for short periods of time. Furthermore, it has become a more and more cost effective way of getting from A to B, which has lead to a tremendous increase in flights, airplane size, and airport sizes, along with all the chaos associated with them.
Curiously, albeit at a slower rate, the private jet market is also booming, especially in countries such as China, which has become the world’s leading private jet consumer, and Nigeria, the country with the fastest growing demand.
Here is a list of the 5 most luxurious private jets in the world:
5 – Bombardier Global 7000 – $72.4M
Designed “from the inside out, with the needs of the cabin driving the specifications of the airframe”, the Bombardier Global 7000 is setting the boundaries for modern private jet development and construction. Prepared for trips to take you across the globe, with a minimum ecological footprint and reaching speeds of Mach 0.85 at over 15 500m altitudes, it aims to bring passengers the ultimate flying experience.
Its cabin is split into 4 zones: a kitchen inspired galley with a strategically placed small meeting area, a dining/community area that accommodates it’s 10 passenger capacity, a tastefully designed entertainment/office area, and finally sleeping quarters modeled after a master bedroom. It’s the aircraft’s incredible attention to detail, from lighting to woodwork and ergonomics, that makes it stand out from its competition.
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4 – Boeing Business Jet 3 – $80M
The Boeing Business Jet 3 (BBJ3) is the product of a Boeing and General Electric joint venture, which sought to make the ideal high-performance aircraft. As the largest of the BBJ family, which was originally introduced in the mid-90’s, the BBJ3 has remarkably improved in its near 20-year existence.
Set to reach distances over 11 700 km with its new CFM Leap-1B engines, which reach a top speed of Mach 0.87, the 737-900 based aircraft features an incredibly spacious cabin, designed to transport 8 passengers (although with a maximum capacity of 60 passengers) in ultimate comfort and style. Offering lounge and conference areas, it is equipped with queen-sized beds for a good sleep, and a large lavatory with showers to groom for it’s passenger’s next important scheduled event.
3 – Gulfstream G-550 – $59.9M
Considered the ultimate ultra-long-range business jet, the G-550 is more than a flagship of Gulfstream’s line of aircraft. With the capacity to fly from New York to Tokyo in the toughest of conditions, this private jet scores a 99.9% dispatch reliability rate by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), averaging at 1 missed trip in five years of service.
The G-550’s 2 Rolls Royce engines provide more thrust than any other in its category, achieving Mach 0.885 speeds and over 15 500m travel altitude. It also offers incredible flexibility, with over 12 selected cabin settings to fly 16 passengers, with berthing capacity for 8. Equipped with 14 of Gulfstream’s signature oval panoramic windows which showed large amounts of natural light into the incredibly quiet cabin (thanks to the aircraft’s advanced sound compression techniques). Customers can spec their jet to detail as Gulfstream offer a wide range of ultra-smooth hand picked leather and textile choices and wooden finishes for the aircraft’s interior.
2 – Boeing 747 – $153M
When smaller sized private jets simply don’t accommodate the needs of the wealthiest of aircraft owners, commercial jet’s are the go-to solution, especially for those who travel with larger groups of people, or their families. Since 1996, Boeing has received 217 orders for commercial-turned-private aircraft. The 747, commonly referred to as “The Jumbo Jet”, is the largest of Boeing’s aircraft available for private purchase and customisation, and is the choice for some of the world’s richest and most powerful, such as the Sultan of Brunei, and the President of the United States of America (Air Force 1).
With the capacity to accommodate 8 separate beds, a bathroom, and changing room, as well as plenty of meeting/conference divisions, the Boeing 747’s size (over 430 square meters, gives it’s buyers immense flexibility for layout and equipping their aircraft to meet all of their needs. The aircraft reaches a maximum speed of Mach 0.86, with a range of 17 150 km, making it capable of crossing the Atlantic twice – London to New York. Moreover, it is able to land in a great a variety of airports and is compatible with most common ground support equipment.
1 – Airbus A380 – $300M
The Airbus A380, currently the world’s largest commercial aircraft, can also be purchased for private use for a hefty price tag. Setting the standard for aviation, it also has the longest range, and is the fastest on our list, with the capacity to fly 17 250 km at Mach 0.89 speed.
The impressive jet, however, was designed to fit 4 luxury suites, with king-size (and appropriately so) beds, a prayer room, a steam (hammam) and a well-being room, as well as a concert hall and, last but not least, a large boardroom. The bottom half of the aircraft also had enough space for a garage, appropriately designed for the Prince’s Rolls Royce.
Although it is yet unknown who the jet’s buyer is, or if there will be any other buyers in the near future, the Airbus A380 is considered the pinnacle of modern commercial aviation and offers the most spacious and luxurious product on the private jet market.