Top 5 Most Expensive Private Jets
When a private jet buyer has an unlimited budget, even the sky’s no limit. The most expensive private jets can be larger than a suburban home with bedrooms that rival hotel suites, opulent formal dining rooms and – why not? – onboard thrones. Read on for an insider’s look at the top five most expensive private jets in the world.
5. Airbus A340-212
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah owns an Airbus A340-212 often called the “Flying Palace.” His colossal Airbus A340, which can seat more than 300 passengers in a commercial configuration, cost $100 million at time of purchase. The sultan spent an additional $120 million refitting the aircraft with luxurious carpets, precious woods, gold accents and a spacious master bedroom. In addition to the glitzy makeover, fuel tanks were added to increase the non-stop flight range from 12,500 kilometers to 15,000. Read more about the Sultan’s Airbus A340 in our report on the private jets of world leaders.
4. Boeing 747-400
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal-al Saud owns one of the most expensive planes in the world, a Boeing 747-400 listed at $220 million before VIP modifications. The four-engine wide-body aircraft can carry over 500 passengers in a commercial configuration, but the prince’s VIP cabin was designed for luxury. The over-the-top interior features two plush bedrooms, a 14-seat dining room and a throne at the center of the cabin. Reports claim that 11 flight attendants travel with the prince to ensure his comfort throughout the flight.
3. Boeing BBJ 787-8 VIP
The Boeing 787-8, also called the Dreamliner, is capable of carrying over 300 passengers. At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in 2016, Kestrel Aviation Management unveiled the first VVIP outfitted Boeing BBJ 787-8, with seating for just 40 lucky travelers. The ultra-luxurious $300 million jet has 2,400 square feet of cabin space with an oversized master bedroom, a luxurious lounge for relaxing and dining, and a separate seating area with 18 first class seats and six premium economy seats. While several privately-owned Boeing 787s have been reconfigured into private jets, this is the first Boeing 787 specifically designed to be a BBJ.
2. Airbus A340-300
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov, one Russia’s wealthiest businessmen, owns a fabulous Airbus A340-300 valued at over $350 million. In its commercial configuration, the Airbus A340-300 can seat over 300 passengers. Usmanov’s private jet, named Bourkhan after his father, has four engines and an ultra-long range capable of flying any air route. While information on the interior is not available, the plane is known to have undergone an extensive refitment with VIP additions. You can view an infographic of the Bourkhan in our report on the private jets of world leaders.
1. Airbus A380
If money is no object, there’s no better choice than the Airbus A380. The double-decker, one of the most expensive planes in the world, is currently listed at $432.6 million. The A380 is a commercial airliner capable of carrying over 500 passengers, but resellers are hoping to see pre-owned A380s take on new lives as luxurious and expensive private jets. Four A380s will be entering the resale market soon in a brand new VVIP layout. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal-al Saud (also the owner of the fourth most expensive airplane on this list) made a splash when he ordered an Airbus A380 in 2007. However, the deal did not go through. The A380 was sold to another buyer before it was ever delivered to the prince.