- Private-jet makers like Gulfstream, Bombardier, and Embraer are taking their flagship offerings to new levels of luxury, technology, and performance.
- But some customers have decided to convert commercial airliners from Airbus and Boeing for private use.
- The cost of these aircraft ranges from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars.
When it comes to private jets, there are some that are a cut above the rest.
These days, a select lucky few are taking luxury air travel to new heights with state-of-the-art ultra-long-range executive jets from manufacturers such as Gulfstream and Bombardier. And then there are those bold enough to convert commercial airliners into opulent flying palaces.
It’s all very impressive.
So we at Business Insider have assembled what we believe to be a collection of the most luxurious private aircraft in the world. Naturally, this list is fluid and subject to change – after all, Elon Musk might surprise us all one day with a pimped-out SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule mounted atop a Falcon Heavy rocket, or a company like Zunum Aero could give us an electric private jet.
But for now, at least, here are the seven most luxurious private jets in the world, according to Business Insider.
1. Gulfstream G500: At $US44 million, the G500 isn’t Gulfstream’s most expensive offering, but it is the newest. It’s expected to enter service later this year.
The G500 features bespoke cabins with seating tailored to the needs of the customer.
The aircraft also has high-speed internet that’s 30 times as fast as that of its current competitors.
2. Gulfstream G650ER: At $US66.5 million, the G650ER is Gulfstream’s flagship product. It has a range of more than 7,500 miles, meaning it can complete flights across the Pacific Ocean.
The aircraft is packed with rich leathers, fine wood veneers, and stylish stonework.
The entire custom cabin can be controlled using a smartphone app.
3. Bombardier Global 7000: Like the G650ER, the Global 7000 is designed to be the ultimate long-distance, purpose-built private jet. The $US73 million aircraft is set to enter service in the second half of this year.
The cabin can be configured in a variety of ways, including a with full dining room …
… and a multimedia theatre.
The Global 7000 is even available with a private bedroom. It’s an important option, given the plane’s more than 8,500-mile range — that means nonstop from New York to Sydney, Australia.
4. Embraer Lineage 1000E: This is the first of the converted airliners on the list. It’s based on the popular Embraer E190 regional airliner.
The spacious $US53 million 1000E can be configured with a master bedroom and a walk-in shower.
If you are extra bold, however, Embraer’s design chief, Jay Beever, will gladly offer you some of his truly over-the-top interior concepts — like the Kyoto Airship and its astonishing skylights …
… or the Hollywood Airship, which conveys the style, glamour, and luxury of Tinseltown in the 1930s.
5. Airbus ACJ319Neo: The ACJ, or Airbus Corporate Jet, is the business version of the Airbus A319neo airliner.
The ACJ319neo costs $US101.5 million before the installation of custom interior fittings. The jet has a range of nearly 7,800 miles and can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Geneva, Switzerland.
6. Boeing 787-8 BBJ: This is a state-of-the-art, $US224 million carbon-composite airliner. In 2016, China’s HNA Group spent an additional $US100 million to turn one into a private jet — or, as Boeing calls it, a BBJ, or Boeing Business Jet.
The interior is a whopping 2,400 square feet. That means space for you and 39 of your closest friends.
There’s also a master suite with a California king bed, a walk-in closet …
… and a master bath with a double-size shower and heated marble floors.
7. Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental BBJ: As stunning as the Dreamliner may be, nothing compares with the “Queen of the Skies.” One lucky customer received his very own personalised Boeing 747-8I private jet. At this year’s prices, the 747 before any customisation work costs $US403 million.
The interior boasts nearly 4,800 square feet of space, roughly the same as your average McMansion. The plane has a full office …
… a bedroom …
… and a stately dining room, which can be converted into a corporate boardroom.
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