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Thirty Amazing Facts About Private Jets - Forbes

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The world’s most expensive private jet, an Airbus A380 owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, has an estimated cost over $500 million. Some of the special features of the jet include a two-car garage, a stable for horses and camels, and a prayer room that rotates so it always faces Mecca.Source: DealBook/New York Times

The Bombardier Global 8000 (Image: Bombardier Inc.)

Bombardier’s Global 8000, one of the longest range private jets on the market, can go 7,900 nautical miles on a single tank of gas, flying at Mach 0.85 with 8 passengers. With a fuel capacity of 48,950 lbs, it costs approximately $53,000 to fill the tank.Source: Signature Flight Support, Bombardier

Warren Buffett was a long-time critic of private air travel before Berkshire Hathaway bought its first corporate jet (for $850,000, used) in 1986. When the company sold it and bought a nicer model in 1989 (for $6.7 million), Buffett summarized his attitude toward the jet with a prayer attributed to St. Augustine: “Help me, Oh Lord, to become chaste – but not yet.” He named the plane “The Indefensible.” Within a few years, Buffet was so enamored of the plane that he told Berkshire shareholders he found the thought of retiring it ” more revolting than the thought of retiring the Chairman,” and joked that he wished to be buried with the plane. In 1998, Berkshire Hathaway acquired fractional jet-ownership company NetJets Inc. for $725 million.Source: Berkshire Hathaway

Celebrities who have their own jets include Oprah Winfrey (Bombardier Global Express XRS), Jackie Chan (Embraer Legacy 650), and Jay-Z (Bombardier Challenger 850). Some celebs even fly the plane themselves, like Tom Cruise (Gulfstream IV), Jimmy Buffett (Dassault Falcon 900), and John Travolta. Travolta owns eleven jets, including a Boeing 707, and is the official “Ambassador-at-Large” for Qantas Airlines.Source:  Embraer SA, Qantas Airlines

In 2012, NetJets logged more than 300,000 flight hours across its fleet –more than 35 years in the air. The total distance logged, 110,585,785 nautical miles, is equivalent to 266.2 round trips to the moon.Source: NetJets Inc.

10,397 people “like” the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation on Facebook. Only 63 people “like” the Transportation Security Administration.Source: Facebook [1],[2]

Celebrities who fly their own jets are crazy.

It does seem like the main difference between rich people and the rest of us is jets.

Flying sucks for most of us. But flying does not suck for people with jets.

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