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Private Jets

Private Jets, Business Jets and their Billionaire Owners. Business Aviation or Private Aviation is the use of an aircraft for a business purpose or private purpose.

Jets are very expensive, with private jet prices exceeding tens of millions dollars, so only the world's richest can afford a private plane.

Jet Charter

Often a private jet charter is used, as the cost of private jet charter service is less expensive than owning a jet.

A private jet or business jet is a jet aircraft designed for transporting small groups of people, mostly in opulence luxury.

Private Jets are mostly owned by corporations, billionaires, celebs and government organizations.

Most Expensive Private Jet

The costs of private jets vary from a few million dollars to several hundred million dollars. The most expensive private jet is probably the Boeing 747-8 VIP with a value up to US$ 400 million.

The Airbus ACJ380 is bigger and may be even more expensive, but we are not sure if one is actually in operation. Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed bin Talal ordered one, but he cancelled the  project.

The plane has reportedly been taken over by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Still owns the private Boeing 747 with registration HZ-WBT7.

If we just include private jets built in series, than this is the list with the most expensive private jets in 2018.

Download our full list of the World’s Most Expensive Private Jets

Private Jet Fleet

In 2017 there were more than 22,000 business jets in the worldwide fleet, of which 11% were for sale. About 70% of the fleet is in North America. The European market is the next largest, with growing activity in the Middle East, Asia, and Central America. (Source: Wikipedia).

The Most Popular Private Jet

The most popular private jet, not necessarily in actual numbers, but as billionaires ‘like to have’, are the

  1. Gulfstream G650  - at a price of US$ 65 million
  2. Dassault Falcon X8 - at a price of US$ 60 Million
  3. Bombardier Global 7000 - at a price of US$ 50 Million

Most popular in actual sales numbers are the :

  1. Cessna Citation,
  2. Embraer Phenom
  3. Bombardier Challenger

Celeb Private Jet Owners

Famous private jet owners are Donald Trump (a Boeing 757 with registration N757AF), Roman Abramovich ( A Boeing 767 with registration P4-MES), Bill Gates (a Bombardier BD-700 with registration N887WM), Magic Johnson (N32MJ) and Taylor Swift (N898TS).

Footballer Neymar Jr owns two private jets and a yacht. Read our full list of private jet owners here.


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Bill Gates Jet N887WM

Bill Gates Bombardier BD-700 with registration N887WM. More about Bill Gates here

Gulfstream G650

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Aircraft registration

Every airplane has an unique registration code, of which the first few digits refer to the land where the plane is registered. The place of registration is not necessarily the place where the plane operates. The place of registration is mostly decided by tax or privacy reasons. Also the possibility to charter is relevant, as the registration ‘M’ (Isle of Man) does not allow this.

Registration Codes

A6 - United Arab Emirates

A7 - Qatar

B - China

C - Canada

CN - Morocco

D - Germany

F - France

G - UK

HZ - Saudi Arabia

I- Italy

LX - Luxembourgh

M- Isle of Man


OO - Belgium

OE - Austria

P4 - Aruba

PH - The Netherlands

PJ - Netherlands Antilles

PP/PR/PS/PT/PU - Brazil

RA/RF - Russia

V2 - Antiqua

VH - Australia

VP-A - Anquila

VP-B - Bermuda

XA/XB/XC - Mexico

YV - Venezuela

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Private Jets

A Private Jet or Business jet is a jet aircraft designed for private or business use. Most of the times this means transporting small groups of people. Private Jets are mostly owned by corporations, governments or by wealthy individuals.

Reasons for owning a private jet can be flexibility in time, flexibility in destinations, time savings, increased productivity, security and prestige.  ( There are more or less 4 options regarding the use and ownership of a private jet:

- Private (or corporate) Ownership

- Fractional Ownership

- Charter a Jet

- Membership of a Jet Owners Program, such as the NetJets Marquis Jet           Card.

Private Jet Ownership Costs
Owning a jet is very expensive and makes only sense if you travel a lot or if you are very wealthy and can afford the luxury.
Ownership costs of a private jet include: depreciation, interest, maintenance, insurance, crew, fuel, airport fees.

And other costs as crew training, technical  upgrades, the cost of a jet hangar  Famous jet owners are: Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, and Donald Trump.

Private Jet Prices

Jets prices range from ‘a few million dollar’ for a light jet, to hundreds of million dollars for a large airliner such as a Boeing 747.

The most expensive private jet is probably the Airbus A 380, with a list price of US$ 425 million. Successful jet models, with relative large sales numbers, are the

  1. Gulfstream G450 - G550 - G650 range, with prices from US$ 45 million to US$ 65 million
  2. Dassault Falcon X5 - X7 range, with prices from US$ 45 to US$ 50 million
  3. Bombardier Global series (5000 - 6000 - Express XRS) with prices ranging from US$ 40 until US$ 45 million.

The Most Expensive Private Jets

These are the world’s most expensive private jets

Fractional Ownership

With fractional  jet ownership multiple owners share the costs of owning and operating the aircraft. Owners buy a “share” of a jet, rather than an entire jet. Owners have guaranteed access to that jet and pay a monthly maintenance fee and an a hourly fee for each flight.

Most of the time a management company handles all operations, and owners rarely fly the specific aircraft in which they hold shared title. More likely, they will travel on identical planes in the management company’s fleet.


Pros of fractional ownership are the reduced (shared) costs. Next to the fixed fee, you only pay for the time that you are in the air. Especially when if you fly a lot of so called ‘one-leg journeys’ the fractional ownership could be cost effective.


Cons of fractional jet ownership are the reduced flexibility and less convenience. Example of fractional ownership programs are

Charter a Private Jet

With private jet charter you rent the aircraft for a specific flight or time. Most of the time air charter companies provide worldwide charter services. Pros of chartering a private jet are the flexibility, as charter flights don't operate to a strict schedule and can land at almost all airports around the world.

Also the time savings, improved security and even prestige are important positive factors. The absolute costs of chartering a private jet will be less than the costs of owning a plane, but the charter rates per hour will be higher. More about private jet charter prices here.

Membership of a Jet Owners Program

Membership of a Private Jet Owners Program means that you pre-purchase a certain amount of hours of flight time. This is ideal for someone who doesn’t fly to many hours per year and who does not want a long term commitment.  

Example of Jet Owners Programs are the NetJets Marquis Card and the Magellan Jets Membership.

Jet Type

Price (US$)

Charter Rate

(US$ per hour)

Boeing BBJ 747

$260 million


Boeing BBJ 737

$150 million


Airbus A319

$90 million


Gulfstream G650

$65 million


Dassault Falcon 8X

$60 million