“Equipped with luxurious interiors to suit their delicate taste, private planes make the trips of their wealthy owners more comfortable and enjoyable.” So who are these damn lucky people? Let’s count to ten.
10. Donald Trump and his “golden” Boeing 727-23
Trump’s 1968 vintage Boeing 727-23 was reconfigured to hold 23, with pale leather armchairs, oil paintings, and Waterford crystal lamps. Inside it you will find 24 carat gold seat belt buckles, with a bedroom and bathroom that also has 24 carat gold sink and faucets. The Trump logo on the side of the aircraft is 30 feet long, 4 feet high, and also made of 23 carat gold leaf. The plane is valued at around US$50 million and has a yearly maintenance fee of about US$2 million.
9. Roman Abramovich and his Boeing 767-33A
A Russian businessman and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC, Abramovich owned a private Boeing 767-33A/ER, registered in Aruba as P4-MES. It is known as “The Bandit” due to its cockpit paint detail. This 767 may look ordinary on the outside, but its interior is reportedly outfitted with chestnut and decorated with gold. Originally the aircraft was ordered by Hawaiian Airlines but the order was canceled and Abramovich bought it from Boeing and refitted it to his own requirements. Interior details or images are not available anywhere. P4-MES was frequently parked at the Harrods Aviation facility at Stansted Airport, UK.
Abramovich is currently the 3rd richest man in Russia and the 50th richest man in the world according to the 2010 Forbes list with an estimated fortune of $11.2 billion.
8. The Sultan of Brunei and his Boeing 747-430
The Sultan bought this B747 brand new for at least $100 million and had it fitted with a special interior and features such as washbasins of solid gold and Lalique crystal at an additional cost of some $120 million. The Sultan has several other aircraft, but this is his largest.
7. Jimmy Buffett and his Grumman HU-16 Albatross
This former military Grumman HU-16 Albatross amphibian aircraft owned by singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett is named The Hemisphere Dancer. In 1996, it was shot at in Jamaica by local police who suspected it of carrying drugs.
6. Air Force One
The aircraft used to transport President George W. Bush on important state and domestic visits, Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B that has been heavily modified with secure communications systems, electronic equipment, a self-contained baggage loader, front and aft air stairs, and the ability to refuel in-flight.
5. Mark Cuban and his Boeing 767-277
Billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, reportedly had custom-made seats installed on the aircraft that are large enough to accommodate the team’s tallest players.( Read more…)
4. Elvis Presley and his Convair 880
Named “Lisa Marie” after Elvis’ daughter, this Convair 880 was customized with 28 seats instead of the usual 110. The tail of the now preserved jet was painted with The King’s personal TCB logo, which stands for Takinâ Care of Business.
3. Bill Gates and his Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Owned by Challenger Administration LLC on Bill Gates behalf, this Bombardier Global Express jet can carry eight people at a cruising altitude of 51,000 feet for a distance of 6,500 nautical miles, a range that permits nonstop Tokyo-New York or Los Angeles-Moscow.
2. Wayne Huizenga and his de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter
One of the most rugged and reliable utility transport aircraft ever built, the unpressurized Twin Otter can carry up to 19 people and take off from and land on rough strips as short as 100 yards. This aircraft appeared in a seaplane chase scene in the James Bond film Casino Royale.
1. Harrison Ford and his Cessna 525B CJ3 Citation Jet
Harrison Ford pilots his own CJ3, which can carry six people in comfort for some 1,900 nautical miles. Ford is considered so good a pilot that the FAA asked him to be the spokesman for the runway incursion awareness and prevention campaign that the agency started in 2001.
- Chill Out Point