For some celebrities, sometimes flying first class is not enough. After all, their huge paychecks can afford all the best things in life. Just like buying their own private plane that can jet them around the world comfortably and in style. No need for them to wait in lines, no annoying seatmates and there’s definitely more leg room. Now that’s a dream flight. But it doesn’t stop there. Celebrities like it bigger and fancier. Who’s got the bigger plane? How many passengers can it seat? How fast is it? How much is it? Let’s take a look at the celebrities who has the most bragging rights when it comes to the best private plane and who only fly private.
The A-list celebrity is not just an accomplished actor but also a pilot. He owns not only one but seven planes! He has a Boeing 707-138 passenger aircraft which he got in 1998 from Qantas, an Australian carrier. He is also an honorary pilot at Qantas Airways and brought his aircraft to Australia in 2002 to join in the Qantas Spirit of Friendship Tour. Not only that, John Travolta is also the Ambassador-At-Large for Qantas, his 707-138 has been given original Qantas “V-Jet” livery paintwork. His other air crafts include a Bombardier Challenger 601, Boeing 727 and three Gulfstream jets. The best part is, he has his own private airport.
This funny man takes flying seriously. He is a keen aviation aficionado and owns a Gulfstream V to fulfill his flying needs. It has a highly experienced two crews and advanced state of the art avionics. The Gulfstream V has one of the highest performance and safety intensive measures for private jets in the world. This impressive aircraft can seat up to 16 passengers and can reach the speed of sound. The actor is currently offering his Gulfstream V as a charter model, where interested individuals can take a ride in the aircraft for $8,000 an hour. The aircraft cost $59 million.
The adrenaline pumped actor is used to doing mind blowing stunts for his films. From falling off skyscrapers to deadly car chases, you can count on Tom to give you the thrill of your life. But when he’s resting from his lethal stunts, he flies private all the way. Tom Cruise owns a Gulfstream IV that was designed and developed by Gulfstream Aerospace and is considered to be one of the finest private jets. This impressive business jet is manned by two crews and can seat up to 18 other passengers comfortably. It goes for a cool $36 million.
We can’t expect anything less from one of the most powerful women in the world. Her influence and philanthropy work brings her around the world. And for that, she purchased a Global Express XRS VIP business jet. It’s ideal for handling business while in the sky. The XRS has been introduced with higher cruise speed, increased range as well as first class cabin layout and lighting. The XRS variant owned by Oprah was custom designed by Bombardier Aerospace. The seating capacity has been limited to only ten passengers while making room for other in-flight luxury amenities. It is priced at $42 million.
For someone who has racked over 10 major championship golf wins and with an estimated fortune of over $1 billion, flying private isn’t a problem. He flies from any course in the world with his Gulfstream G550. The plane is known for its luxurious design, impressive light and views through the wide oval windows. It also has the efficiency to fly nonstop over 12,000 km for more than 12 hours. The G550 can comfortably fit 18 passengers and reach altitudes of up to 51,000 feet making it a great jet to have for long and short flights. It sells for $53.5 million.
Mark Cuban is just the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, the chairman of the HDTV cable and also one of the investors on the hit television show Shark Tank to name a few. With all of those undertakings to manage, I’m sure he has clocked in some major air miles. Mark Cuban gets to fly to and from different states and countries on a modified Boeing 767-277 that was designed and developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It serves as a luxury private jet of business magnate and investor. It features luxurious interiors along with some impressive high-performance figures. If you are interested in getting a jet similar to Mark Cuban’s it will run you close to $144 million.
The Indiana Jones and Star Wars actor is not only adventurous in films but also in real life. Aside from his acting skills, he is also a licensed pilot. When he is not in front of the camera, he’s showing off in the sky doing aerial maneuvers in his CJ3 Citation Jet. The jet can climb to a service ceiling of 45,000 feet and reach a maximum speed of 481 mph. The jet even comes with its very own refreshment center.
The Russian billionaire may not be as well-known as these other celebrities but his private plane deserves to be on this list. The owner of the Chelsea Football Club flies on an $83.6 million Boeing 767-300. The plane has the same air missile avoidance system as the Air Force One, 30 seater dining room, luxury bathrooms, spacious living room, a boardroom and a master bedroom. The plane is also known as “The Bandit” is said to be one of the safest aircraft in the world. The Bandit features include chestnut interiors and even elements of gold scattered throughout the décor. The paint job alone cost $76,000.
One of the most powerful leaders in the world flies on the most well-known private planes in the world. Air Force One is technically owned by the American people but President Obama and his family are the only ones allowed to use the “White House on Wings.” Air Force One has been upgraded to the Boeing 747-8. The front of the aircraft has been converted into the aesthetics of the White House, where the Presidential suite is composed of beds, a shower, a vanity, a double sink, and a private office, which is equivalent to the Oval Office. The plane also carries a full medical crew while being fully stocked with essential supplies and raw food materials. As far as security is concerned, Air Force One has some of the most state of the art attack countermeasures, encrypted as well as non-encrypted communication lines and has been designed to be shielded from the devastating effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), such as the ones generated during a nuclear detonation.
When you’re Donald Trump, the only way to fly is on a $95.8 million Boeing 727-23. This luxurious business jet can seat 23 passengers. It comes with a master bedroom with a queen size bed, a dining area, and conference rooms. This particular Boeing 727-23 has grand features like leather armchairs, gold-plated seatbelt buckles, as well as Waterford crystal lamps. The 30-foot long jet is definitely a statement with Trump’s logo visible with 23 karat gold embellishments. Now that’s a dream to fly in.
There’s no doubt that one of the richest men in the world flies private. The entrepreneur and philanthropist is considered a high-profile celebrity and without a doubt travels all over the globe. For his jet-setting, he owns one of the best luxury private planes in the world. The Bombardier BD-700 Global Express known as the Global 5000 carries the finest of aviation technology. The BD-700 has a wingspan of 94 feet and has a maximum service ceiling of 51,000 feet. The BD-700 can reach a maximum speed of Mach 1 allowing Bill Gates to arrive at his destination in no time. This jet runs about $40 million.
The prince owns the largest and most expensive private jet in the world. It costs $487 million and is definitely fit for royalty. He refurbished the airbus and transformed it into a flying palace. His Airbus A380 is the same plane used by Singapore Airlines and Emirates, which could seat 800 passengers and fly 8,000 miles before refueling. It also has a parking space for his Rolls Royce, a concert hall for 10 people, a grand piano, five master bedroom with king-sized beds and private bathrooms and showers and 20 smaller private rooms. It even has a spiral main staircase and a private lift connecting his master bedroom to the tarmac for easy entrance and exit, holographic monitors in the boardrooms and computer-monitored prayer mats in the prayer room that adjust automatically to face Mecca. Other luxuries include a Turkish bath and a “well-being” room with flat screen TVs on the wall and a giant screen on the floor to see the plane’s location. Although he sold this aircraft, he still owns a configured Boeing B747 and Airbus A321.
Who wouldn’t envy the lifestyle of the rich and the famous? Especially when it comes to flying. I’m sure everybody can relate to the misadventures of flying coach. As these busy celebrities are also always on the go investing on a private plane is just fitting. They can avoid long lines, paparazzi, and even some crazy fans. We’re just dreaming that one day we could ride those luxury planes and live like royalty for a day.