Sipping champagne at 40,000 feet, flying from the lavish party to the awards box and back in time for bed — life is tough being an A-lister in your own luxury jet.
But high-end life has come under fire this week, as celebrities are named and shamed for their excessive use of private planes.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average person does in an entire year, with private flights being 14 times more polluting (per passenger) than commercial aircraft.
Yet their super-wealthy owners—many of whom boast of their real neighborhood credentials—hop on and off their jets for trips that last less than 15 minutes. Using data collected by international flight trackers, UK marketing agency Yard compiled a list of the worst offenders.
So whose plane is the most polluting? And who is the biggest climate hypocrite among the high-flyers?
THE JET: Kim Kardashian’s younger sister, Kylie, has been branded a “climate villain” for repeatedly traveling short distances on her £60 million jet. Last month, the billionaire social media star, 24, shared an image on Instagram showing two private planes – hers and one belonging to her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott – with the pompous caption: “You want to take mine or yours?”.
He purchased a 59.6-foot-long all-white Bombardier Global 7500 at a reported 2020 budget.
The exterior features her name and Barbie-pink stripe, while the interior features white chairs, pink satin cushions and an eye mask (inscribed ‘Kylie Skin’, the name of her makeup line) 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 bedroom and wardrobe.
FLIGHT TAKEN: 64 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: 12 minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, both in California).
CO2 emitted: 1,682.7 tonnes — 240 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: Kylie is proud to buy eco-friendly products for her daughter Stormi, four, and made her makeup line vegan last year, telling her followers she’s going ‘vegan and clean’ because it’s ‘time to step up’ the planet.
THE JET: The 32-year-old singer – valued at around £470m – bought his private plane, a £33m Dassault-Breguet Mystere falcon 900, in 2011. With a luxurious cream interior and a built-in flat-screen TV, it has 18 seats which can be fully reclined and the special number 13 beside it (lucky number and date of birth in December).
He used to own two jets but sold the smaller one (worth just £4.9m) in early 2020.
FLIGHTS TAKEN: 170 this year
SHORTEST FLIGHT: 36 minutes (Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee).
CO2 Emitted: 8,293.54 tons — 1,185 times the average person’s annual carbon emissions of seven tons.
ECO BOASTS: in 2020, Taylor was branded a “sustainable fashion influencer” by Vogue. In another interview that same year, he called climate change a “terrible situation”.
A representative defended his air miles, saying his jets were “regularly loaned out to others”. They added: “To attribute most or all of these trips to him is simply not right”.
THE JET: With an estimated net worth of over £2 billion, it’s no wonder TV host Oprah has her own luxury plane. The 68-year-old bought a £62m Gulfstream G650 in 2016, reportedly after getting annoyed when a female fan asked him to hug her while she was waiting in the airport queue.
The luxury jet, which can comfortably seat 16 people, is divided into four themed areas: dining, working, entertaining and relaxing.
There is a double bed, conference and dining room and a chef on board.
FLIGHT TAKEN: 68 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: 14 minutes (Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, California).
CO2 emitted: 3,493.17 tonnes — 499 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: “The future of life as we know it is determined by everything we do — and don’t do — now,” Oprah wrote, in a 2019 post calling on fans to do their part for the environment.
THE JET: actor Mark, 51, owns a £9.9 million Bombardier global Express jet, which he bought in 2016. The high-end model — which he renovated at great expense last year — has a large ‘W’ on the tail and a cabin so spacious that the fitness-obsessed star can work out on the plane.
Images from her social media show soft beige furniture and polished wood, as well as multiple screens so her four children can take advantage of the high-speed wi-fi. Mark came under fire last month for making a series of short flights from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) to play golf.
FLIGHTS TAKEN: 101 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: nine minutes (Los angeles to Van nuys, California).
CO2 emitted: 3,772.85 tons — 538.9 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: in 2020, Mark publicly pledges to give up meat and dairy products to reduce their impact on the planet. But he said his jet was a “21st century personal carrier” that took him “everywhere in the world”.
THE JET: Adorned in cashmere, the jet of £124 million reality TV star, ‘Kim Air’, is as flashy as you’d expect. Kim, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a cooler version of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s planes.
Hers has been customized inside and out, masterminded by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, whose clients also include Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt. The 18-seater jet features wood paneling, two beds and two bathrooms as well as ‘enhanced air ionisation’, which creates a breath of fresh air at high altitude.
Guests wear slippers from Skims, Kim’s underwear brand, to keep the carpets from getting dirty.
FLIGHT TAKEN: 57 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: Ten minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, California).
CO2 REQUIRED: 4,268.5 tonnes — 609.8 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: The reality show star in the past has spoken about wanting to make his business more environmentally friendly. In 2019, he praised climate activist Greta Thunberg, and, a year later, he tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’ alongside a heartbroken emoji.
THE JET: Top Gun star, 60, owns not one but five private jets — the most luxurious of which is the 19-seat Gulfstream IV, valued at around £16.5 million.
The plane, dubbed the limousine of the jet world, is equipped with a Jacuzzi and an upscale cinema room, as well as elegant soft furnishings. The actor often flies his own private planes, having qualified for his pilot’s license in 1994. He also sends them on free bounty missions around the world.
Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes by private jet from his favorite California bakery to London for the cast and crew of the Mission: Impossible film franchise — a 5,500-mile round trip.
FLIGHT TAKEN: 20.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 emitted: 149.6 tonnes — 21.4 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: In 2019, Tom was among the A-listers criticized for flying privately to Google’s climate change camp in 2019, a recklessness he repeated this May when he took one of his jets to the eco-friendly Cannes film festival.
*Flight data has only been collected since 10 June.
THE JET: One of the ‘richest sports of all time’ (his career earnings reach £900m) the 45-year-old retired boxer owns a £50m Gulfstream G650 jet called ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shared pictures of enjoying massages, haircuts, and a game of poker on the boat.
On the outside, the 12-seater jet features the boxer’s name next to the letters ‘TBE’ – ‘The Best Ever’.
Floyd also has a fleet of private pilots, who wear branded uniforms bearing the ‘TMT’ or ‘The Money Team’ badge.
FLIGHTS TAKEN: 177 this year.
SHORTEST FLIGHT: Ten minutes (within Las Vegas).
CO2 emitted: 7,076.8 tons — 1,011 times that of the average person.
ECO BOASTS: Floyd made reckless comments about his jet, such as: “When you live this lifestyle, you just rock it”.