Air travel has changed significantly since planes were first invented.
Private jets are not only a method of getting their owners from A to B but an extension of their personalities. The most expensive private jets are designed and created with love, care, and the utmost attention to detail.
Let’s have a look at some of the most expensive private jets in the world, and what makes them so special.
Interestingly this list is created using publically available data, it is imaginable that there are more extravagant and expensive planes that their owners wish to keep private.
In short here are the most expensive planes in the world:
- Air Force One – $660 million
- Airbus A380 – $600 million
- Airbus A340-300 – $500 million
- Boeing 747-8 VIP – $367 million
- Airbus ACJ350 Custom – $366 million
- Boeing 787-8 BBJ – $324.6 million
- Boeing 747-430 – $220 million
- Boeing 767-33A/ER – $170 million
- Gulfstream III – $125 million
- Airbus ACJ319NEO – $101.5 million
- Boeing 757 – $100 million
Keep on reading to find out what makes these planes so expensive and exclusive.
1. Air Force One – $660million
It’s no surprise that one of the most well-known planes on the planet is also the most expensive. The Air Force One is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B.
It comes fully equipped with a medical quarter (with an operating room), a conference room, two kitchens, and multiple sleeping quarters. This is all spread out over 3 decks and 4000 square feet. Donald Trump has also issued a redesign in 2019 including in color scheme and interior design.
Furthermore, Air Force One is both physically and electronically hardened. On top of this, it can be refueled mid-air and is always followed by two fighter jets. While it’s the most expensive aircraft it’s also the most exclusive and money alone won’t get you a visitation on this plane!
2. Airbus A380 $600million
The most expensive private jet ever made was a modified Airbus A380 for Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal al-Saud. Though the exact price is unknown, it’s estimated to have cost around $5-600million. Interestingly enough, he sold it before even taking deliver to an unnamed billionaire.
So what makes this airbus so expensive? A concert hall with multiple pianos, everything is brimming with gold, a boardroom, a Turkish bath. If that wasn’t enough the prince can park his Rolls Royce in luxury and features a prayer room where the mats automatically rotate to face Mecca.
3. Airbus A340-300 350-$500 million
The third most luxurious private jet belongs to no other than Russias richest man Alisher Usmanov. Though originally he paid $238 million for the plane, he spared no expense in making it his own. Unfortunately, the details of the plane are kept highly secret but alongside what must be a lavish interior there’s reportedly a nightclub too!
4. Boeing 747-8 VIP $367 million
The Boeing 747-8 VIP is aptly nicknamed the Dreamliner. The model in question has nearly 5000 square feet of usable space. For this private owner, they have equipped it with a stateroom, dining room, lounges, and even an office zone.
Despite its price tag, this Boeing jet is very minimalistic in design and its master bedroom puts many five star hotels to shame.
5. Airbus ACJ350 $326 million
The Airbus ACJ350 costs from $326 million USD just for an aircraft. The custom interior designed by Lufthansa Technik is extra and may hit up to $500 million USD additional. This aircraft feels like a second home in the skies whereas travelers can enjoy spa on-board, private offices, full size bedrooms, children play rooms.
The front of the cabin is devoted to family space, with a VIP bath and bedroom, plus a lounge area and office. In the midsection, a guest lounge provides relaxation and comfort. A formal dining area seats eight, and a full galley supports a range of luxury meals. Four private guest rooms share two baths.
6. Boeing 787-8 BBJ $324.6 million
The Boing 787-8 retailers for approximately $225 million. However, after spending an additional $100 million it, China’s HNA Group’s private jet has been aptly named the Boeing BBJ – Boeing Business Jet. The plane comfortably seats 40 people over 2400 square feet. As expected there are multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and even heated marble flooring.
7. Boeing 747-430 – $220 million
The Sultan of Brunei is well known for having a collection of expensive things. Therefore, having a private jet with a $220 million price tag isn’t something of a surprise. Like with many other planes on this list, the plane itself costs a mere $100 million, and then the Sultan spent around the same amount in customizing it.
As you’d expect, inside it’s brimming with gold, fine woods, and the comfiest leather seats you can find. When even the toilet handle is made of gold it’s not hard to spend so much on customizing your plane. That’s what we call a royal flush.
8. Boeing 767-33A/ER – $170 million
This Boeing aircraft belongs to no other than Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The aircraft is equipped with a missile warning system and radar technology – because what private jet doesn’t need that. Inside it’s filled with leather, fine woods, and gilded outlines.
Interestingly there’s no huge entertainment system or over the top eccentricities. Instead the aircraft can fly a huge number of friends and family in absolute comfort and even the dining area has seats for 30 people. Dinner in the air anyone?
9. Gulfstream III – $125 million
A typical Gulfstream III would set you back in the region of $75 million, which would make it too cheap for this list. However, like any person with the means, media mogul Tyler Perry invested a whopping $50 million to make his jet really stand out.
As expected, theirs a huge cinema room, a dining area, a lounge, a VIP bedroom, and a bathroom. And just to really make it pop, he’s filled it with some expensive antique objects and paintings for good measure. This Gulfstream III might not be the biggest but it sure is classy.
10. Airbus ACJ319NEO – $101.5 million
The Airbus ACJ319NEO costs $101.5 million without any customization. Not much else is known about this aircraft but it can fly from LA to Geneva on a single tank of gas.
11. Boeing 757 – $100 million
It’s no surprise that Trump’s 757 has made it onto this list. Though the current US president currently uses the Air Force One, his family can often be seen jetting around in their 757. Thanks to its two Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines it can travel at over 500 miles per hour for nearly 16 hours.
Like many planes on this list, it has private bedrooms, a cinema room, and of course a dining room. While it’s not much compared to the Air Force One, you definitely wouldn’t complain if you got to fly on it.
In short, those are the most expensive planes that money could buy you. If that’s not enough and you’re looking for something cheaper, then here are some alternative options:
- Gulfstream G700 – $75 million
- Bombardier Global 7000 – $73 million
- Gulfstream G650ER $71.5 million
- Bombardier Global 8000 – $66 million
- Embraer Linage 1000e – $53 million
- Bombardier Global Express $47.7 million
- Gulfstream G500 – $44 million
- Gulfstream IV – $38 million
- Embraer Praetor 600 – $20 million
What’s the most expensive airplane?
The most expensive plane in the world is the B-2 Spirit. Depending on who you ask, it costs between $700 million and $2 billion. Of course, you’ll never be able to buy but they are a beautiful plane to behold.
These luxurious private jets are absolutely beautiful and we’d love to have the opportunity to fly on any one of them. Unfortunately, for most of us, that’s going to be impossible. However, we can help you charter a plane in a similar class, and you’ll definitely fly in style.
Let us know in the comments what’s the most exciting plane you’ve flown on.