Sipping champagne at 40,000 feet, flying from fabulous party to prize dos and back in time for bed again – it’s a tough life to be an A-lister with your own luxury jet. But high life has come under fire this week, as celebrities are being named and shamed for their excessive use of private planes.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as an average person does in a year
A single private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average person does in an entire year, with private flights creating 14 times more pollution (per passenger) than a commercial plane.
Yet their super-rich owners—many of whom boast about their obvious Eco credentials—are turning their jets on and off for trips lasting less than 15 minutes.
British marketing agency Yard compiled a list of the worst offenders, using data compiled by an international flight tracker.
So whose plane is the worst polluter? And who is the biggest climate hypocrite among high fliers?
Kylie Jenner, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing off two private planes – her own and one of her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott – with the smug caption: ‘You want to have mine or yours?’
Jet: Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Kylie has been labeled a ‘climate criminal’ for repeated shorthaul trips on her £60 million jet.
Last month, the 24-year-old billionaire social media star shared a photo on Instagram showing off two private planes – his own and one of his rapper boyfriend Travis Scott – with the smug caption: ‘You want to get mine or yours?’
It reportedly bought the 59.6 feet tall Bombardier Global 7500 in 2020 on a spending spree. The exterior features her name and a Barbie-pink stripe, while the interiors feature white seats, pink satin pillows and eye masks (with ‘Kylie Skin’, the name of her makeup range) and colored lights that can be worn during the day. Can be set in different colors depending on.
Guests have access to Hermes blankets, two bathrooms, a master suite, and an on-board wardrobe.
Flights taken: 64 this year.
Shortest flight: 12 minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, both in California).
CO2 Emitted: 1,682.7 tons – 240 times that of the average person.
ECO vanity: Kylie is proud to buy eco-friendly products for her daughter, Stormi, of four, and last year she turned her makeup range vegan, telling followers she was going ‘vegan and clean because it’s for the planet’ It was time to upgrade.
Taylor Swift, 32, owned two jets, but sold the smaller ones (worth only £4.9 million) in early 2020.
Jet: The 32-year-old singer – who is estimated to be worth £470 million – bought her personal plane, the £33 million Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900, in 2011.
Along with its plush cream interior and in-built flatscreen TV, it has 18 fully reclinable seats and a distinctive number 13 (his lucky number and date of birth in December) on the side.
He had two jets, but sold the smaller one (worth only £4.9 million) 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 vanity: In 2020, Taylor was branded as a ‘Sustainable Fashion Influencer’ by Vogue.
In another interview the same year, he termed climate change a ‘terrible situation’.
A representative defended his apparent air miles, saying that his jet is ‘lent regularly to other persons’. He added: ‘It is clearly wrong to attribute most or all of these visits to him.’
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 surprise that TV host Oprah has a posh plane of her own. The 68-year-old bought a £62million Gulfstream G650 in 2016, reportedly after being irritated when a female fan asked him to hug while waiting in an airport queue.
The grand jet, which can comfortably fit 16, is divided into four themed areas: dining, work, entertainment and leisure. There is also a double bed, a conference room, and a dining area as well as an on-board chef.
Flights taken: 68 this year.
Shortest flight: 14 minutes (Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, Calif.).
CO2 Emitted: 3,493.17 tons – 499 times that of the average person.
ECO vanity: Oprah called on fans to do their bit for the environment in a 2019 post, writing, ‘The future of life as we know it is being determined by everything we are doing – and not doing -‘ .
Mark Wahlberg, 51, came under criticism last month for taking a series of short flights for a round of golf from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes).
Jet: The 51-year-old actor owns a £9.9 million Bombardier Global Express jet, which he bought in 2016.
The top-of-the-range model – which they renovated last year at hefty expense – has a big ‘W’ at the tail and a cabin spacious enough that the fitness-obsessed star can workout on board.
Photos of her social media showed soft beige furnishings and polished wood as well as multiple screens so that her four kids could take advantage of high-speed Wi-Fi.
Mark came under fire last month for taking a series of short flights for a round of golf from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes).
Flights taken: 101 this year.
Shortest flight: Nine minutes (Los Angeles to Van Nuys, California).
CO2 Emitted: 3,772.85 tons – 538.9 times that of the average person.
ECO vanity: In 2020, Mark publicly pledged to give up meat and dairy to reduce their impact on the planet. Yet he has said his jet is his “personal 21st century transporter” that takes him “anywhere in the world”.
Kim Kardashian, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a blingier version of the planes belonging to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
jet, Dressed in cashmere, the reality TV star’s £124 million jet, ‘Kim Air’, is as gaudy as you might expect.
Kim, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a blingier version of the planes belonging to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Mastermind by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, Hers has been customized inside and out, 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 ionization’, which recreates a fresh breeze at high altitudes.
Guests wear slippers from Kim’s underwear brand Skims, lest they dirty the carpet.
Flights taken: 57 this year.
Shortest flight: Ten minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, California).
CO2 Emitted: 4,268.5 tons – 609.8 times that of the average person.
ECO vanity: The reality star has talked about making her businesses eco-friendly in the past. In 2019, she praised climate activist Greta Thunberg, and a year later, she tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’ with a broken heart emoji.
Tom Cruise, 60, often flies his private planes, having qualified for his pilot’s license in 1994
Jet: The Top Gun star, 60, owns not one but five private jets—the grandest of which is the 19-seat Gulfstream IV, which costs around £16.5 million. Known as the limousine of the jet world, the aircraft is fitted with elegant soft furnishings along with a Jacuzzi and the highest class cinema room.
After qualifying for his pilot’s license in 1994, the actor frequently flies his private planes.
He also sends them on gift-giving missions around the world. Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes by 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.
flights taken: 20.
Shortest flight: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 Emitted: 149.6 tons – 21.4 times that of the average person.
ECO vanity: In 2019, Tom was among the A-listers criticized for flying privately to Google’s climate change camp in 2019, a move he repeated this May when he flew one of his jets to the eco-friendly Cannes Film Festival. carried in.
45-year-old Floyd Mayweather owns a 50 million pound Gulfstream G650 jet called ‘Air Mayweather’.
Jet: One of the ‘richest players ever’ (his career net worth exceeds £900m) the 45-year-old retired boxer owns a £50million Gulfstream G650 jet named ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shared pictures of him enjoying massages, haircuts and poker games aboard.
On the outside, the 12-seater jet carries the boxer’s nickname with the letters ‘TBE’ – ‘The Best Ever’. Floyd also has a fleet of private pilots, who wear branded uniforms with the insignia ‘TMT’ or ‘The Money Team’.
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 vanity: Floyd makes scathing remarks about his jet, such as: ‘When you live this lifestyle, you wing it.’