20 facts about Private Jets

Posted by: Prince Jets  May 31, 2014 07:05 AM

These are the most amazing facts that you need to know as either a frequent private jet flyer or enthusiast.

  • In 2013, sales of private jets have reached $18. Billion, a 8% high in sales from 2012. In general, a sign of further economic strength despite some pockets of weakness notably in Europe and Asia
  • Of the global private jets market, the US dominates the market, accounting for 19,000 of the near 25,000 turbine private jet aircraft currently in operation across the globe. Around 4,000 private jets are registered to owners in the European Union and 1,900 to owners in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.
  • It costs $150,000 to travel to London from Dubai over a weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday evening with costs, covering helicopter flights to and from the airport, a flight attendant, two full-time captains, crew per diems, ramp, landing, parking, taxes and fuel surcharge, etc.)
  • It costs $8,880 per hour on average to charter a Bombardier Challenger 605; an amount enough to purchase 10 United round-trip tickets from New York to London.
  • In 2012, Van Nuys airport received more than 259,000 private landings and take-offs, making it the world’s busiest general aviation airport. Compared to an earlier year, it experienced a drop in traffic by 13.9%.
  • The Cessna Citation Excel, also referred to as XLS+ and Citation XLS, is America’s most popular private jet charter model. It is a business jet that is medium in size and made 144,302 flights in 2012 that costs on an hourly basis, $3.388.
  • An Airbus A380 is the world’s most expensive private jet that is owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud and costs more than $500 million. A two-car garage, a rotating prayer room that faces Mecca, and a stable for camels and horses, entail the special features found in this private jet.
  • One of the longest ranges of Bombardier’s private jets in the market is the Global 8000 that can fly for 7,900 nautical miles flying at mach 0.85 on a single gas tank while carrying 8 passengers. It costs $53,000 to fill this tank with a fuel capacity of 48,950 lbs.
  • Oprah Winfrey (owns the Bombardier Global Express XRS), Jay-Z (owns Bombardier Challenger 850) and Jackie Chan (Embraer Legacy 650) are some of the celebrities who own private jets. Other celebs like Tom Cruise (Gulfstream IV), John Travolta and Jimmy Buffett (Dassault Falcon 900) fly the planes on their own. Travolta does not just own eleven jets inclusive of the Boeing 707, but he is also Qantas Airline’s official “Ambassador-at-Large.”
  • After 35 years being in the air, NetJets covered over 300,000 flight hours in 2012, across its fleet of jets that translates to 266.2 round trips to the moon and 110,585,785 nautical miles in distance.
  • The Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has 21,204 ‘likes’ on Facebook while the Transportation Security Administration has only 63 ‘likes’.
  • A Dassault Falcon 7X has maximum headroom of 6’2. This means that Hasheem Thabeet, the tallest NBA player in the Oklahoma City Thunder center is 13 inches taller; he has to bend while walking down the plane’s aisle.
  • About 30% of existing private jet owners expect to buy a new jet in five years time. In the next 10 years, more than 10,000 business jets will be sold out at a cumulative cost of $250 billion.
  • On 7thOctober 1963, the first Learjet or Learjet 23, was flown by Bill Lear and it became the world’s first business jet. Four years later, Gates Rubber Co. acquired it when its stock price was more than $27 million.
  • The fastest civil airplane in the world the Citation X will climb up to 51,000 feet and cruise at incredible speeds of up to Mach 0.935.
  • Gulfstream G550 has a baggage space of 226 cubic ft, the 2013 Toyota Camry Sedan has a space capacity of 15 cubic ft and that of a domestic economy ticket of Delta Airlines without incurring charges is 3 cubic ft.
  • It takes 1,192 hours of work at the Federal with a minimum wage of $7.25 for Gulfstream 550 to be chartered for an hour.
  • 24-carat gold-plated features on The private jet Boeing 757 owned by Donald Trump features seat recline buttons, power outlet covers, safety belt hardware, sink basins and faucet handles plated with gold of 24 carats.
  • 270 soccer balls can fit into a Citation Sovereign jet cabin, if all its seats are removed.
  • Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and Vnukovo International Airport in Russia are the top international airports for private jet departures in the United States and Europe, respectively.

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