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The History Of Private Jet Luxury

Private jets have long been considered a status symbol, and their owners have always demanded the highest level of comfort and luxury.

But in recent years, there has been a growing trend among private jet owners to make their planes more like yachts and luxury apartments.

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    Dreams Of Comfort In the Skies

    The quest for ultimate comfort in the skies has led to private jets being outfitted with features like private bedrooms, a master bedroom or master suite, bathrooms, and even dining rooms and kitchenettes, all of the stuff dreams are made of when flying.

    And while these amenities may make private jet travel more comfortable, they come at a price.

    But for some private jet owners, the extra cost is worth it for the ultimate in luxury and comfort to truly have a flying palace.

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    The History Of Private Aircraft

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    Private aircraft ownership can be traced back to the early days of commercial plane aviation when aircraft were first used for private charter or private use.

    But it wasn’t until the 1950s that private jet travel really took off, thanks to the advent of the jet engine.

    The first private jet, the Learjet 23, made its maiden flight in 1963 and quickly became the preferred choice for wealthy businessmen and celebrities.

    Since then, private jet travel has become increasingly popular, with an estimated 22,000 private jets currently in operation around the world.

    And as the demand for luxurious private jets becomes more common, so too have the amenities and features that are available on board.

    Early Private Jets Lacked Comfort

    Even though private jets have seemingly been associated with luxury and comfort, in the early days of private jet travel, that wasn’t always the case.

    The first private jets were designed for one thing: speed.

    And while they may have been faster than anything that came before, they were often cramped and uncomfortable, with few of the amenities that we now take for granted.

    It wasn’t until the 1970s that private jets began to offer additional features.

    And even then, it would be another decade or so before private jets really began to resemble the modern private plane aircraft that most people see today.

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    Private jets becoming much more popular

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    Private aircraft have become very common in recent years. As the number of younger millionaires grows due to the rise of the internet, social media models and  influencers, people finding alternative fame like youtube stars and instagram models, the number of privately owned jets and private jet charters is also expected to rise.

    While the cost of private jet travel can be more pricey than commercial travel, there is no doubt the prices are lower than when they were a decade ago due to programs like fractional ownership.

    Cheaper options are on the rise as well due to demand such as purchasing used jets instead of new, fractional aircraft ownership, or booking a private charter flight or empty leg flights wherever needed. 

    If you find yourself flying more than 50 hours a year, these are great alternatives and can save you a considerable amount over regularly purchasing first-class commercial tickets.

    Making Access to Luxury Private Travel Easier To Obtain

    In the 1990s, fractional aircraft ownership in personal and business jets emerged making it simpler to fly on a private jet as if it were your own.

    The quest to make private jets more luxurious really began in earnest in the early 2000s.

    One of the driving forces behind this trend was the increased globalization of business. As businesses began to operate on more of a national and global scale, luxury private jet travel became a necessity for many executives.

    And as the demand for private travel increased, so too did the amenities and features that were available on board. As these executives got used to private travel for business, they also turned to private travel for personal use.

    Also, other industries caught on like the executives in the entertainment industry, athletes, movie stars, and musicians. And that’s when private jets really began to take on the trappings of luxury air travel.

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    Private jets becoming much more popular

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    Private aircraft have become very popular in recent years. It has become commonplace among athletes and entertainers to show off their private jets via social media, which makes everyone crave for that experience even more.

    While the cost of private jet travel can be more pricey than commercial travel, there is no doubt the prices to fly private are lower than when they were a decade ago due to programs which are cheaper options such as fractional aircraft ownership, booking a private charter flight, and empty leg flights that have all gained popularity lately due to their availability and price point that can make it affordable for those with the means.

    If you find yourself flying more than 50 hours a year, fractional aircraft ownership is great alternative and can save you a considerable amount over chartering or regularly purchasing first-class commercial tickets.

    The Future of Luxury Private Jet Travel

    As the private aircraft market continues to grow, we can expect to see even more private jets outfitted with luxury features like private bedrooms, bathrooms, entertainment systems, a dining room, and kitchenettes.

    And as private jet ownership becomes more accessible, we can expect to see even more people enjoying the benefits of luxury jet travel.

    The biggest draw is the privacy it offers, the airports that they can reach, such as private airports, and the ability to skip things like FAA lines and baggage check-ins.

    So from business executives to Hollywood movie stars, luxurious private jet travel is now within reach and the preferred method of travel.

    All you need is the desire for ultimate comfort and luxury. And, of course, the willingness to pay for it.

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    Our Choice Of The Best Luxury Jets

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      Gulfstream G650

      Gulfstream G650

      The Gulfstream G650 is one of the most popular private jets on the market, thanks to its combination of luxury, comfort, and speed.

      The G650 can accommodate up to 18 passengers in its spacious cabin, which features private bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchenette.

      And with a range of 8,000 nautical miles, the G650 can easily fly non-stop from New York to Tokyo.

      If you’re looking for the ultimate private jet experience, the Gulfstream G650 is tough to beat.

      Bombardier Global 6000

      Bombardier Global 6000

      The Bombardier Global 6000 is another popular private jet model, thanks to its spacious cabin and long range.

      The Global 6000 can accommodate up to 19 passengers in its three distinct living areas, which include a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

      And with a range of 7,000 nautical miles, the Global 6000 can easily fly non-stop from Los Angeles to London.

      If you’re looking for a large private jet that offers both luxury and comfort, the Bombardier Global 6000 is one to consider.

      Dassault Falcon 7X

      Dassault Falcon 7X

      The Dassault Falcon 7X is a popular private jet model thanks to its spacious cabin and impressive range.

      The Falcon 7X can accommodate up to 16 passengers in its three distinct living areas, which include a private bedroom, lounge, and dining room.

      And with a range of 7,000 nautical miles, the Falcon 7X can easily fly non-stop from New York to Dubai.

      If you’re looking for a private jet that can take you anywhere in the world, the Dassault Falcon 7X is the one you need.

      Embraer Legacy 650

      Embraer Legacy 650

      The Embraer Legacy 650 is a popular private jet model thanks to its combination of luxury and value.

      The Legacy 650 can accommodate up to 19 passengers in its three distinct living areas, which include a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

      And with a range of 3,900 nautical miles, the Legacy 650 can easily fly non-stop from Miami to London.

      The fact that this private jet offers both luxury and value makes the Embraer Legacy 650 a great choice for private travel.

      Hawker 4000

      Hawker 4000

      Known as a super mid-sized jet, the Hawker 4000 is a popular private jet model thanks to its spacious cabin and impressive range.

      The Hawker 4000 can accommodate up to 10 passengers in its comfortable cabin, which features private bedrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchenette.

      And with a range of just under 4,000 nautical miles, the Hawker 4000 can easily fly non-stop from Los Angeles to New York.

      If you’re looking for a private jet that offers both comfort and convenience consider the Hawker 4000.

      Beechjet Hawker 400XP

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      The Beechjet Hawker 400XP is one of the most popular private jet models in the small jets class. Even though it is considered a small-sized jet, we think you would be surprised with how roomy it actually feels.

      The Hawker 400XP has space for up to 8 passengers in its comfortable cabin, which features private bathrooms and a kitchenette.

      And with a range of 1,500 nautical miles and a max speed of just over 500 mph, the Hawker 400XP is a great small jet for comfortable same-coast travel.

      If you’re looking for a private jet that offers both luxury and value for shorter trips and a great price, the Hawker 400XP certainly should be a consideration.

      Learjet 60 & Learjet 60XR

      Learjet 60

      The Learjet 60 and the Learjet 60XR are popular private mid-sized jet models thanks to their combination of speed and range.

      The Learjet 60’s can accommodate up to 8 passengers in its comfortable cabin, which can feature a bathroom, kitchenette, and seats that convert to beds.

      And with a range of just under 3,000 nautical miles, the Learjet 60 can fly non-stop from Los Angeles to New York.

      The difference between the Learjet 60 and the XR model is in the cabin space, which the XR model contains just shy of an extra 500 cubic feet of room.

      If you’re looking for a mid-sized private jet that offers both speed, convenience, luxury, and range, the Learjet 60 or Learjet 60XR are your best choice and are certainly one of our favorite overall aircraft models.

      Challenger 604

      Challenger 604

      The Challenger 604 is another popular private jet model, thanks to its spacious cabin and long range.

      The Challenger 604 can accommodate up to 16 passengers in its three distinct living areas, which include a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

      And with a range of 6,000 nautical miles, the Challenger 604 can easily fly non-stop from Los Angeles to London.

      The ultimate in both luxury and comfort makes the Challenger 604 a noteworthy option.

      Boeing Business Jet

      Boeing Business Jet

      Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) are the typical commercial version you see that have been redesigned for private travel as luxurious private jets and are some of the most well-known jets in the world.

      The most popular Boeing Business Jet models are based on the Boeing 737 and 747 and can accommodate many passengers in a variety of configurable cabin layouts that can mimic the ultimate luxury apartment with an entertainment room, a full dining room, and a conference room, master bedroom, and multiple guest bedrooms.

      And with a maximum range of up to 7,800 nautical miles, a Boeing Business Jet can easily fly non-stop from New York to Dubai, and nowhere in the world is out of range if you stop to refuel.

      If you’re looking for something that can take you to any destination in the world in comfort and luxury, a Boeing Business Jet is the king of luxury private jet travel.

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      The most expensive private jet in the world was to belong to Saudi prince Alwaleed Al Talal, whose A380 Airbus A380 is worth more than 600 million US dollars however, it was reported that the deal fell through.

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