Most Expensive Planes in the World
Planes offer the fastest means of travel – but not everybody is squashed into economy class. Governments like that of the United States buy expensive planes for combat and protecting their top leaders, while millionaires and billionaires crave planes that are essentially airborne luxury hotels. The following are the most expensive planes in the world:
Airbus A380 Superjumbo Jet -$500 million
The Airbus A380 has the distinction of being the most expensive airplane ever made, and it belongs to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, a billionaire who is listed as the 26th richest person in the world by “Forbes.” The plane boasts such features as luxury bedrooms, bathrooms with showers, two garages, a stable, and a room for hawks.
Airbus A340-300 – $600 million
The Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov originally paid an already impressive $238 million to buy his Airbus; he then spent another several hundred million refurbishing it to his liking. The jet can fly 9000 miles without stopping, and it can carry 375 passengers. Usmanov named it Bourkhan after his father; he also has a yacht named Dilbar after his mother. The “Bourkhan” is also the largest private jet in Russia.
Boeing 747-8 – $617 million
Nicknamed the “Yacht of the Skies,” the Boeing 747-8 is 250 feet long making it the world’s longest passenger aircraft. Over 100 planes have been built since the first plane went on its maiden flight in 2010. The plane is a flying luxury hotel that boasts a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, stateroom, and a large conference room that can also serve as a dining room. Everything in the plane is custom-made.
Air Force One – $660 million
Back in the 1990s, the US government bought two planes costing around $330 million to ensure the President and his senior staff could travel the world safely. Each plane would probably cost around $571 million dollars today. Operating costs are also astronomical; it costs roughly $179,750 per hour to fly Air Force One, and a trip to South America would cost around $10 million.
B-2 Spirit – $737 million
Better known as the “Stealth Bomber,” the United States’ military jet is the most expensive plane in the world. It cost $2.4 billion dollars to develop, and the first one took to the air in 1987. The U.S. currently has 20 of these jets, which can bypass anti-aircraft defenses and deploy nuclear weapons. The jets, which can accommodate only two people, have seen action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Serbia.