Sipping champagne at 40,000 feet, flying from glamorous parties to award dos and back again in time for bed – it’s a tough life being an A-lister in your own luxury jet. But the high life has come under fire this week, with celebrities being named and shamed for their extravagant use of private jets.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average person does in a year
One private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in one hour as the average person does in an entire year, and private jets are 14 times more polluting (per passenger) than commercial jets.
Yet their wealthiest owners – many of whom boast about their obvious environmental credentials – hop on and off their jets on trips that take less than 15 minutes.
Using data collected by an international flight tracker, British marketing agency Yard compiled a list of the worst offenders.
So whose plane is the worst polluter? And who is the biggest climate hypocrite among high jumpers?
Kylie Jenner, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private jets – her own and one of her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott – with the obscene caption: ‘Do you want to take mine or yours?’
JET: Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Kylie has been branded a ‘weather criminal’ for frequent discount flights on her £60million jet.
Last month, the billionaire social media star, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private jets – hers and one of her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott – with the cheeky caption: ‘Do you want to take mine or yours?’
He purchased an all-white 59.6-foot Bombardier Global 7500 for a reported use in 2020. The exterior bears his name and a pink Barbie belt, while the interior features white seats, pink satin pillows and eye masks (with ‘ Kylie). Skin’, the name of her line of cosmetics) and colored lights that can be set to different colors depending on the time of day.
There are Hermes blankets for guests, two bathrooms, a master suite and a built-in wardrobe.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 64 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: 12 minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, both in California).
CO2 EMITTED: 1,682.7 tons – 240 times of the average person.
ECO prides itself on: Kylie is proud to have bought four-year-old daughter Stormi eco-friendly products and made her vegan last year, telling her followers she was going ‘vegan and clean’ because it was ‘time to step up’ the planet
Taylor Swift, 32, used to own two jets but sold the smaller one (worth £4.9 million) in early 2020.
JET: The 32-year-old singer – worth an estimated £470million – bought his own private jet, a £33million Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900, in 2011.
With its sleek cream interior and built-in flat-screen TVs, it has 18 fully reclining seats and 13 different numbers on the side (her lucky number and date of birth in December).
He used to own two jets but sold the smaller plane (worth £4.9 million) in early 2020.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 170 this year
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: 36 minutes (Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee).
CO2 EMITTED: 8,293.54 tons – 1,185 times 1,185 times the annual average person’s annual output of seven tons.
ECO prides itself on: In 2020, Taylor was named a “sustaining fashion influence” by Vogue.
In another interview the same year, he described climate change as a ‘frightening situation’.
A representative defended his aviation claims, saying that his plane is ‘frequently loaned to other people’. They added: ‘Attributing most or all of the journey to him is completely wrong.’
Oprah Winfrey (pictured with her husband Stedman Graham) bought a £62 million Gulfstream G650 in 2016.
JET: With an estimated net worth of over £2 billion, it’s no wonder TV presenter Oprah owns her own luxury jet. The 68-year-old bought a £62million Gulfstream G650 in 2016, reportedly after being upset by a female fan who asked him for a hug while waiting in an airport queue.
The luxury plane, which can fit 16, is divided into four themed areas: dining, working, entertaining and relaxing. There is a double bed, a meeting room and a dining area with an on-board chef.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 68 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: 14 minutes (Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, California).
CO2 EMITTED: 3,493.17 tons – 499 times the average person.
ECO prides itself on: ‘The future of life as we know it is determined by everything we do – and don’t – now,’ wrote Oprah, in a 2019 post calling on fans to do their bit for the environment.
Mark Wahlberg, 51, was accused last month of taking a series of short flights from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) for a round of golf.
JET: Actor Mark, 51, owns a £9.9 million Bombardier Global Express jet, which he bought in 2016.
The supermodel – which had an expensive refurbishment last year – has a large ‘W’ on the tail and a cabin big enough for the fitness star to exercise on board.
Photos from her social media show soft beige furniture and polished wood, along with several screens so her four children can benefit from high-speed wi-fi.
Mark was accused last month of taking a series of short flights from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) for a round of golf.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 101 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: Nine minutes (Los Angeles to Van Nuys, California).
CO2 EMITTED: 3,772.85 tons – 538.9 times the average person.
ECO prides itself on: In 2020, Mark publicly pledged to give up meat and dairy to reduce his impact on the planet. However, he has said that his plane is a ’21st century private transporter’ that takes him ‘anywhere in the world’.
Kim Kardashian, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s version of the plane.
JET: Clad in cashmere, the reality TV star’s £124million ‘Kim Air’ is as stylish as you’d expect.
Kim, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a blingier version of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s jets. Hers has been renovated inside and out, inspired by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, whose clients have also included Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.
The 18-seater jet has wooden panels, two beds and two bathrooms as well as ‘enhanced air ionisation’, which again brings a fresh breeze at altitude.
Guests wear slippers from Skims, Kim’s underwear brand, so they don’t get mud on the carpet.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 57 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: Ten minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, California).
CO2 EMITTED: 4,268.5 tons – 609.8 times the average person.
ECO prides itself on: The reality star has spoken in the past about wanting her businesses to be more environmentally friendly. In 2019, he praised climate activist Greta Thunberg, and, a year later, tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’ along with a broken heart emoji.
Tom Cruise, 60, often flies his private jets, having qualified for his pilot’s license in 1994.
JET: The Top Gun star, 60, owns not one but five private jets – the best of which is a 19-seater Gulfstream IV, worth an estimated £16.5 million. The plane, nicknamed the limousine of the aviation world, is outfitted with a Jacuzzi and a state-of-the-art movie theater, as well as luxurious soft furnishings.
The actor often flies his own private jets, having qualified for his pilot’s license in 1994.
They also send them on free gift missions around the world. Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes on a private jet from his favorite bakery in California to London for the cast and crew of the Mission: Impossible film franchise – a 5,500-mile round trip.
FLIGHT PICKED UP: 20.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 EMITTED: 149.6 tons – 21.4 times of the average person.
ECO prides itself on: In 2019, Tom was among the A-listers criticized for flying privately to Google’s climate change camp in 2019, a falsehood he repeated this May when he took one of his planes to the Cannes film festival friendly environment.
JET: One of the ‘richest sportsmen of all time’ (his career fortune exceeds £900m) the 45-year-old retired boxer owns a £50m Gulfstream G650 jet named ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shares photos in it of him enjoying massages, haircuts and poker games.
On the outside, the 12-seater jet has the boxer’s surname alongside the letters ‘TBE’ — ‘The Best Ever’. Floyd also has a group of private pilots, who wear uniforms branded with the ‘TMT’ or ‘The Money Team’ logo.
FLIGHTS CARRIED: 177 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHTS: Ten minutes (within Las Vegas).
CO2 EMITTED: 7,076.8 tons – 1,011 times the average person.
ECO prides itself on: Floyd makes offhand comments about his plane, such as: ‘When you live this lifestyle, you’re neutral.’