5 of the Most Expensive Luxury Airplanes In the World
A penthouse with an incredible view, a fleet of expensive cars, and a sophisticated, stylish wardrobe are all ways to show off your wealth. The ultimate sign that you've got the bank account to back it up is much bigger than all of that. We're talking about luxury airplanes. A jet-setter who's set on having their own jet has an average worth of $1.5 billion. It's not easy to secure a loan, go through the right channels to purchase a plane and keep it let alone fly it. But when you want to travel in style, comfort, and peace, your own private airliner is the way to go. Here are five luxurious airplanes that will make those skies a lot friendlier.
1. Bombardier Global 7500
The Global 7500 was designed to fly long-range and across the world, it has a four-zone cabin and has a range of 7,700 nm with 10 passengers. Officially designated as the BD-700-2A12, the Global 7500 is stretched by 11 ft 3 in from the original Global Express. Its cabin is one-third longer than competing models, providing a fourth seating section up from three, can sleep eight passengers and offers an optional shower and a sleeping crew rest area. Bombardier marketing focused on ultra-high-net-worth individuals and the Global 7500 is the largest, longest range, roomiest and most luxurious purpose-built business aircraft yet built. Despite the wing area smaller than the Gulfstream G650ER and 11% higher MTOW, it has lower V speeds and better runway performance due to the high-lift system with leading-edge slats and double-slotted flaps for a similar power loading and it can cruise at Mach 0.85.
2. Gulfstream 650ER
The G650ER is the extended range version of the 650, it has a cruise speed of Mach 0.85 to 0.90, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925 and a range of up to 7,500 nm. It can be equipped with a full galley, bar and may be equipped with a variety of entertainment features including home theaters and broadband connectivity. The jet uses two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, each producing a maximum thrust of 17,000 lbs. Gulfstream states that with a weight of fewer than 100,000 pounds, it is able to land at small airports avoiding the busy airports around the world.
Sultans and other heads of state choose the Gulfstream 650 and 650ER for traveling.
3. Air Force One
This is the ultimate in luxury flight -- and not for sale, unfortunately. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention it in a list of luxurious and expensive airplanes. Air Force One comes complete with all of the latest technology, a mini-hospital for emergencies, enough food to feed 100 people, and several cabins and meeting rooms. All of this costs around $660 million -- your tax dollars at work! The New Air Force One is based on the Boeing 747-8 with a budget oof ver $4 Billion.
4. Singapore Airline First Class
If you don't want to pay for the care and maintenance of a plane on your own, airlines are stepping up to fill your need. Many are creating apps, pre- and post-flight experiences, and offering more amenities than ever before. Singapore Airline's first-class cabins are an exclusive haven for those looking to fly in comfort. They boast Michelin star chef-designed meals, soft lighting, and sensory experiences.
5. Etihad Airways
Possibly the most expensive flight in the world, a one-way ticket in an Etihad "apartment" will set you back around $30,000. It's worth every penny. You get a bed, armchair, and your own shower. The materials, lighting, and construction are exquisite, truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
More Luxury Airplanes
These luxury airplanes and first-class experiences are an investment in yourself. Flying can be a hassle, but it can also be a delight. Deciding on how you want to fly might be a little difficult for you after we've shown you the best the world has to offer. Which flight option was your favorite? Want to learn more about the aviation options available to you? Get our guides for everything from aircraft to helicopters today and upgrade your lifestyle!