Air travel has come a long way since the days of the Wright brothers, as aircraft have become increasingly powerful, efficient and comfortable. Today, private jets represent one of the most luxurious and stylish modes of transportation available. Of course, those amenities come with a hefty price tag. Here are five of the most expensive private jets around the world.
Boeing 757, $100 Million
Before President Donald Trump had access to Air Force One, he relied on his Boeing 757 for air travel. The luxury jet was originally a commercial 757, making it large enough to carry more than 200 passengers. The interior is equipped with leather seating, walnut tables and cabinets and has a dining room, guest room and home theater. It is one of the fastest jets, capable of hitting speeds of 500 miles per hour thanks to its two Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines.1
Gulfstream III, $125 Million
Originally purchased by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry for “only” $65 million, the Gulfstream III has undergone upgrades making it worth nearly double its purchase price. The aircraft’s entertainment area features an extra-large high-definition LCD screen, movie theater-quality audio and lighting and windows that change color depending on mood. The jet also has formal dining and lounge areas, a VIP bathroom and a modern kitchen.1
Boeing 747-8 VIP, $367 Million
At 4,786 square feet, the Boeing 747-8 VIP is one the largest airliners ever built. Its massive size leaves space for two lounges, a stateroom with its own lounge, an office, conference room and a sizeable dining room. Previous owners of the jet include Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau. This model has also been selected to be the next Air Force One, replacing the two 747-200Bs currently used.1,3
Airbus 380, $500 Million
Literally fit for a prince, the Airbus 380 is the world’s largest commercial jet, capable of accommodating up to 800 passengers. This double-decker aircraft was commissioned by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal al-Saud for $319 million in 2007. After it was refurbished to the prince’s liking, the total cost was more than $500 million. Some of the jet’s amenities include a spiral staircase and lift, four VIP suites, a concert hall, full-size boardroom, a Turkish bath and parking for the prince’s Rolls Royce.4,5
Air Force One, $660 Million
Though technically the term “Air Force One” refers to any aircraft carrying the President of the United States, Air Force One more commonly refers to the Boeing 747-200B reserved for the president and first lady. The triple-decker, 4,000 square foot jet features a multi-room suite for the president, in addition to a medical suite, two galleys and quarters for the president’s entire staff and guests. The jet is also protected against electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and capable of refueling mid-flight.6
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