While often featured in film, the private jet remains an option exclusive to the wealthy. Diverse as their occupants may be, private jets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the most notable, The Airbus A380 is owned by Saudi business investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. It was the most expensive recorded purchase of a private jet at three hundred million. The Airbus features a two-car garage, a stable for horses and camels, and a prayer room that rotates so that its occupants are always facing Mecca.
Perhaps the most uniquely decorated jet is the Embraer Legacy 650, adorned with red and gold dragons along the sides. This private jet is owned by Jackie Chan who paid close to thirty million dollars for it.
If you’re looking for a private jet that will travel at high speeds, the Dassault Falcon 900 is just the ticket. Not only sleek and dripping with luxury, the jet will also travel at speeds close to six hundred miles per hour. It is capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and is designed with the intention of reducing its carbon footprint by requiring significantly less fuel than other jets of the same size.
Similarly, Bombardier’s Global 8000 has been designed to travel 7,900 nautical miles on a single tank of gas. Granted, the Global 8000 is one of the longest range private jets available and a single tank of gas costs $53,000.
It’s no wonder the private jet remains a mode of transport only available for the truly wealthy—to charter a Gulfstream 550 for a single hour, one would have to pay $8,640 USD. In 2013, Emirates announced the launch of its first line of private jet service. Special features include mechanically-activated lounge tables facing wide screen television sets with the capacity to screen up to 1,500 channels, a shower spa decorated with a floor heating system and marble accents and an award-winning culinary team. How could air travel be any better?