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5 Interesting Facts About Private Jets

There are many fascinating aspects about the private aviation industry that you may not be aware of. Here are five of the most interesting. 

1. Half the Private Jets in the World are Owned by Americans

Americans own a majority of the private jets in the world — nearly 15,000. Private jets in the United States make up approximately 67% of all private jets worldwide. More than 37% are heavy or ultra long-range aircraft like the Gulfstream GIV-SP, Challenger 850, and the Global 7500.  

Brazil is in second place with more than 775 registered private jets and an additional 2,000 business aircraft.  

Although China has the second highest number of millionaires in the world, and the world’s largest population, the Asia Pacific region only accounts for 11.8% of personally owned private aircraft.         

2. Private Jet Sales Continue to Rise

According to recent data, private jet sales are expected to grow to more than $235 billion by 2030. This increase is driven by several key factors, including rising consumer demand and advancements in technology. 

3. The Global 7500 has an Unparalleled Flight Range 

Out of all the private business jets currently available on the market, none have more flight range or a larger cabin than the Bombardier Global 7500. This private jet boasts a 17-hour nonstop flying range, so clients can travel seamlessly across vast distances, like Texas to Tokyo, New York to Hawaii, and Seattle to Beijing. The Global 7500 offers four true living spaces, including a permanent bedroom, as well as circadian lighting and air-purification systems that help alleviate jet lag and allow travelers to feel refreshed upon arrival.

4. Many Unconventional Pets Fly Private 

It’s not uncommon to see many travelers flying private with their dogs and cats in tow. However, in recent years many flyers who have flown on charter flights have brought some unique pets onboard.  Crews have welcomed such unconventional four-legged flyers as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, snakes, iguanas, miniature pigs, parrots, and foxes. There are even instances where private aircraft were chartered specifically to move clients’ pets from one place to another, without their human counterparts.   

5. Some Celebrities Fly Their Own Jets

It’s no surprise that many celebrities own private jets, including Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Drake, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, and Michael Jordan. What many people don’t know is that some actually pilot their private jets themselves. Noteworthy celebrity pilots include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Harrison Ford.   

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