Travelling by air is a convenience and splendour by itself. However, imagine an aircraft specifically designed in accordance with your own requirements and needs. We present you with some of the world most expensive private planes.
1. Boeing Business Jet 3. Price: $99 million
Boeing's Business Jet 3 can fly up to 6,000 nautical miles. Based on the Boeing's 737 commercial jet, the plane has an extremely large cabin. It features a lounge, staff area, dining room, and en-suite bedroom. The aircraft can carry 38 passengers and eight crew members, along with 230 pieces of luggage. These larger jets are much more of a specialist market because their size means they can't land at much smaller airfields. Boeing has sold 156 of its Boeing Business Jets since 1999.
2. Airbus A319 Corporate Jet. Price: $89 million
The Airbus A319 ACJ is the nearest competitor to Boeing's Business Jet. It's also the tallest business jet currently on the market, with seating capacity of between 18 and 30 people and with a range of 5,900 nautical miles. The plane is the corporate jet version of the Airbus A319, a shortened version of the commercial A320. Emirates took delivery of a non-jet version of the A319 and turned it into a luxury private jet service that can be booked through its website. The Emirates Executive Airbus A319 can accommodate 19 people, with 10 private suites, a lounge and dining area.
3. Gulfstream G650. Price: $72.5 million
The Gulfstream has become an incredibly popular choice with celebrities and billionaires since its launch. But if you're looking to get your hands on the latest and most expensive Gulfstream, you'll have to wait until at least 2017 to receive your order. That's how long the waiting list is. "The G650 is the new must-have model, with 38 delivered so far and an additional 40 expected by 2014. The aircraft can fly eight passengers and four crew 7,000 nautical miles non-stop, although at one point it was true to say the Gulfstream G650 was the fastest business jet on the planet, it now only sits behind the Citation X+ in the record books. Able to travel almost at the speed of sound, the G650 reaches a max cruise speed of Mach .925. The Gulfstream G650 has experienced such high demand that super-rich owners have started to flip them to other buyers.
4. Bombardier Global 7000. Price: $68 million
Bombardier's 7000 is similar to the less pricey 8000, offering an impressive 7,300 nautical mile range for 10 passengers in a four-zone cabin space. The Canadian firm knows that the main interest in the business aviation sector is for ultra-long-range planes. As Bombardier goes head-to-head with Gulfstream for the long-range market, the firm is hoping that customers will be prepared to wait three years when it will start delivering the 7000 and 8000. Introduced in 2010, the 7000, which will be Bombardier’s flagship business jet, had suffered a series of delays as the company struggled to manage cash flow among several major new development program, including its C Series. Bombardier in summer 2015 pushed back the timing of the 7000 by two years to 2018.
5. Bombardier Global 8000. Price: $66 million
The Bombardier 8000 offers three separate living areas including a "stateroom". According to the company, the three-zone cabin layout was developed based on research on the needs of its customers worldwide. This model can carry between 8 and 19 passengers.The 8000 can fly 7,900 nautical miles at Mach 0.85, opening up customers to routes such as Los Angeles to Sydney or Hong Kong and Mumbai to New York. Bombardier says that the 8000 also sets a new standard for fuel efficiency, "with the lowest fuel burn and lowest emissions in its class. The Bombardier Global Express series probably competes most closely with the Gulfstreams in terms of cabin space and exclusivity.
6. Bombardier Global 6000. Price: $55 million
While the 7000 and 8000 will not be ready until 2018, the 6000 has already hit the market and proven popular with customers due to the aircraft having the largest usable passenger cabin volume in its class. With a range of 6,250 nautical miles, the 6000 features a more advanced cockpit compared to the jet it replaces, the Bombardier Global Express XRS. The 6000 can carry eight passengers and a crew of four non-stop from Tokyo to Dubai, Johannesburg to London or Moscow to Los Angeles.
7. Gulfstream G550. Price: $55 million
Gulfstream's older model, the G550 is a market leader and has been around since 2003. The Gulfstream G550 comes with all the amenities a high-flying businessperson would expect from their personal jet: a fax machine, wireless local area network and satellite communications all come as standard. It also has a fresh-air system that continually fills the cabin with 100 percent fresh air.
8. Dassault Falcon 7X. Price: $52 million
The 7X would become the first business jet to use fighter jet technology with an elegant, whisper-quiet executive cabin, Dassault explains of its digital flight control system, which automatically stabilizes the aircraft during turbulence. It can accommodate 12 to 16 passengers depending on what floor plan you choose and is equipped with showers and a dining area. Like the Bombardier Global 6000, the Falcon 7X can land at challenging airports with short runways such as London City. This is because the Falcon 7X has three engines instead of two which helps it slow its approach when landing. It has good endurance and can fly 11,019 kilometers with eight passengers. The interior of the 7X has been designed by BMW, with a walk-in shower compartment and a cabin featuring a Blu-ray DVD player and in-flight internet connectivity.
9. Embraer Lineage 1000E. Price: $52 million
Introduced in 2013, the Lineage 1000E seats 13 to 19 passengers and is Embraer's most luxurious private jet.Some of the key features include a large master suite with a queen-sized bed with a walk-in shower, a dining room, office desk, and lounge area. It has a shorter flight distance than some of its competitors; it can fly 8519 kilometers with eight passengers. But like many of its competitor the Lineage 1000E has the ability to land at difficult airports - making it ideal for the business traveler with a lot of cash. Embraer's executive jets CEO Marco Tulio Pellegrini called the new jet a "home away from home," with comforts such as electrically controllable seats and tables, multiple ports and iPad docks, as well as iPad-controllable lighting systems. Up to five TVs can be installed in the cabin. The largest part of the cabin, zone three, can accommodate a 48-inch TV with five speaker surround sound.
10. Dassault Falcon 5X. Price: $45 million
The Falcon 5X is set to make its first flight in the first quarter of 2015 and Dassault will display the new aircraft at this year's Dubai Air Show. The plane will be able to fly 5,200 nautical miles. According to Dassault, natural light will flood the 5X given the 28 windows that are "significantly larger" than previous Falcon models. Windows do seem to be a theme of the model, with the galley featuring a "sky light" to light the cabin further." The buyers of these top of the range jets will usually have very particular design tastes, often inspired by their many homes and offices and worldwide travel. It is not uncommon for the design themes from owners' yachts to be recreated on their private jets. However, for the vast majority, their jet is a business tool and as such is used primarily to save time and travel in comfort.