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The Top 10 Celebrity Private Jets

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Max Range: 2,477 nm

Aircraft is no longer in production

Legendary singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffet chose the Grumman HU-16 Albatross as his aircraft of choice. Although it is no longer in service, the aircraft has gained tons of mileage and publicity in the many years it was in operation. The “Hemisphere Dancer” made worldwide headlines in 1996 when Jamaican police shot at the aircraft, suspecting it was transporting drugs. In addition to Jimmy Buffet, U2 frontman, Bono, was also a passenger during the incident.

9. Harrison Ford

Max Range: 1,374 nm

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $2,200 – $2,500

Harrison Ford is more than just a hugely successful actor, he is also a highly respected pilot. Although not the largest or most expensive jet in the world, his luxurious CJ3 is the ideal aircraft for a commercial pilot who wants an efficient private jet with enough flexibility to be utilized on a whim.

8. Elvis Presley

Aircraft: Convair 880 (approximately $600,000)

Aircraft is no longer in production

Although not the most expensive aircraft on this list, Elvis’s famous “Lisa Marie” was a hugely extravagant purchase at the time. The “King” made sure his private jet had multiple bedrooms, a master bedroom, and even a bathroom with a golden bathtub and faucets.

7. Tom Cruise

Max Range: 3,880 nm

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $6500 per hour.

Known for having the highest standards of luxury and style, the Gulfstream IV is the insanely famous (or infamous) actor Tom Cruise’s aircraft of choice. Capable of extreme power and excellent performance in addition to its finer traits, the GIV showcases dynamic engines manufactured by the reputable Rolls-Royce corporation. Featuring world class entertainment systems and luxurious beds, Tom Cruise and his guests are sure to be enjoying the finest comforts in the sky.

6. Jay-Z

Aircraft: Bombardier Challenger 850 ($40 million)

Max Range: 2,456 nm

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $7000 per hour

For his first Father’s Day, Jay-Z received a $40 million dollar Challenger 850 from his wife Beyonce, for what is clearly the most romantic entry on this list. Rumored to have an interior atmosphere more reminiscent of a house than a plane, the aircraft features a leather-clad living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and not one, but two bathrooms.

5. Oprah Winfrey

Aircraft: Bombardier BD-700 Global Express XRS ($42 million)

Max Range: 5325 nm

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $8000 per hour

Oprah Winfrey chose the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express XRS as her aircraft of choice, shelling out about $45 million. Although it isn’t the largest private jet owned by a prominent figure, the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express can carry up to 19 passengers and fly to virtually anywhere in the world. The jet features state-of-the-art entertainment systems, first-class recliner-style seating, and luxurious lavatories.

4. Celine Dion

Aircraft: Bombardier BD-700 Global Express XRS ($42 million)

Max Range: 5,325 nm

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $8000 per hour

Famous singer Celine Dion also chose the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express XRS for personal transport. In addition to a private jet, Celine Dion has also been known to own multiple mansions and even a private island.

3. Jim Carrey

Aircraft: Gulfstream V (approximately $43.1 million)

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $8,500

Legendary actor Jim Carrey reportedly shelled out $41 million for his personal Gulfstream V, a rather exclusive business aircraft with only 191 individual units in the entire world. The GV can take Jim Carrey to virtually any destination in the world nonstop as it is one of the longest range aircraft ever made.

2. John Travolta

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $15,000

In addition to being one of the most accomplished and famous actors in the world, John Travolta is a certified commercial pilot. Among the five private aircraft the legendary star owns, he flies a former Qantas Boeing 707-138 airliner named “Jett Clipper Ella” after his children. He is an official ambassador of Qantas and has preserved the logo of the airline on his personal model. In 2010, Travolta served as the pilot for Oprah Winfrey and an entire studio audience on a luxurious trip to Australia.

1. Donald Trump

Average Hourly Cost to Charter: $24,000

Prominent billionaire Donald Trump has owned multiple private jets and has spent well over $100 million in acquisition costs and customization. Unsurprisingly adorned with the “Trump” logo, the celebrity’s private jets are known to include gold-plated seat belt buckles, a queen-size bed, and a personal stewardess.

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