Drinking champagne at 40,000 feet, flying from glitzy party to awards and back again in time to sleep – it’s a tough life to be an A-lister with your fancy jet. But High Life has come under fire this week, as celebrities have been exposed and exposed for their excessive use of private jets.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average person does in a year
A single private jet emits as much carbon dioxide per hour as the average person does in an entire year, with private flights polluting 14 times more (per passenger) than commercial airliners.
However, their wealthy owners – many of whom boast their obvious environmental credentials – fly in and out of their planes on flights that take less than 15 minutes.
Using data collected by an international flight tracker, British marketing agency Yard has compiled a list of the worst offenders.
So which plane is the worst polluter? And who is the biggest hypocrite among the great climate pilots?
Kylie Jenner, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private planes — two planes and one that belonged to her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott — with the smug comment: “Want to take my plane or yours?”
jet plane: Kylie, Kim Kardashian’s younger sister, has been labeled a ‘climate criminal’ for her frequent short flights on her £60m plane.
Last month, the billionaire social media star, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private planes — two of her own and one belonging to her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott — with the smug comment: “Want to take my plane or yours?”
Bombardier Global bought the all-white 59.6-foot-tall 7500 on a reported spending spree in 2020. The exterior features her name and pink Barbie stripe, while the interior features white seats, pink satin pillows, and eye masks (bearing Kylie) Skin’, the name of the beauty line. its beautification) and colored lights that can be set to different shades depending on the time of day.
There are Hermes blankets for guests, two bathrooms, a master suite and a wardrobe on board.
Trips Taken: 64 this year.
shortest trip: 12 minutes (from Van Nuys to Camarillo, both in California).
CO2 Emission: 1,682.7 tons – 240 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: Kylie prides herself on buying eco-friendly products for her four-year-old daughter, Stormi, and made her cosmetics range vegan last year, telling followers it was ‘vegan and clean’ because it’s ‘time to step up’ for the planet.
Taylor Swift, 32, used to own two planes, but sold the smaller plane (worth just £4.9m) in early 2020.
jet plane: The 32-year-old singer – valued at £470m – purchased her own plane, a £33m Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900 in 2011.
With plush cream interiors and built-in flat-screen TVs, it features 18 fully reclining seats and a distinctive number 13 on the side (her lucky number and birthday in December).
She owned two jets but sold the smaller plane (worth just £4.9m) in early 2020.
Trips Taken: 170 this year
shortest trip: 36 minutes (Missouri to Nashville, TN).
CO2 Emission: 8,293.54 tons – 1,185 times the average person’s annual carbon emissions of seven tons.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: In 2020, Taylor was named a “sustainable fashion influencer” by Vogue magazine.
In another interview that same year, she described climate change as a “horrific situation”.
An actress defended her apparent air miles, saying her plane was “regularly loaned to other individuals.” “Attributing most or all of these flights to her is blatantly incorrect,” they added.
Oprah Winfrey (pictured with her husband Stedman Graham) bought a £62m Golfstream G650 in 2016
jet plane: With an estimated net worth of over £2 billion, it’s no wonder TV presenter Oprah has her own luxury jet. The 68-year-old bought a £62m Gulfstream G650 in 2016, after she got angry when a fan asked her to hug while waiting in line at the airport.
The luxury plane, which can comfortably seat 16 people, is divided into four themed areas: dining, working, entertainment and relaxation. There is a double bed, meeting room and dining area as well as a chef on board.
Trips Taken: 68 this year.
shortest trip: 14 minutes (Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, CA).
CO2 Emission: 3493.17 tons – 499 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL 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.
Mark Wahlberg, 51, came under fire last month for making a series of short trips from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) for a round of golf.
jet plane: Actor Mark, 51, owns £9.9 million for the Bombardier Global Express, which he bought in 2016.
The top model of the bunch — which he revamped at great expense last year — has a large “W” on the tail and a spacious cabin so the fitness-obsessed superstar can work out on board.
Pictures from social media show furniture in soft beige and polished wood, as well as several screens so his four children can take advantage of the high-speed wi-fi.
Mark was criticized last month for making a series of short trips from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) for a round of golf.
Trips Taken: 101 this year.
shortest trip: Nine minutes (from Los Angeles to Van Nuys, California).
CO2 Emission: 3772.85 tons – 538.9 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: In 2020, Mark publicly pledged to give up meat and dairy to reduce his impact on the planet. However, he said his plane is his “21st century personal carrier” that takes him “anywhere in the world”.
Kim Kardashian, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a flashy version of the jets owned by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
jet plane: Embellished in cashmere, the reality TV star’s £124 million plane, “Kim Air,” is as flashy as you might expect.
41-year-old Kim owns the Gulfstream G650ER, a dazzling version of the planes owned by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. It was customized, inside and out, by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, whose clients also included Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.
The 18-seat plane features wood paneling, two beds, and two bathrooms as well as “enhanced air ionization,” recreating the fresh breeze at high altitudes.
Guests wear flip-flops from Kim’s underwear brand Skims, lest they disturb the rug.
Trips Taken: 57 this year.
shortest trip: Ten minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, CA).
CO2 Emission: 4268.5 tons – 609.8 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: The reality star has spoken in the past about wanting her business to be more environmentally friendly. In 2019, she paid tribute to climate activist Greta Thunberg, and a year later, she tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’ alongside a broken heart emoji.
Tom Cruise, 60, often flies his own planes himself, having qualified for a pilot’s license in 1994.
jet plane: The 60-year-old Top Gun star 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 Aircraft World limousine, is decorated with a jacuzzi and cinema room to the highest standard, as well as elegant soft furnishings.
The actor often flies his own plane, having qualified for a pilot’s license in 1994.
He also sends them on free gifting missions around the world. Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes on a private jet from his favorite California bakery to London for the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible film – a 5,500-mile round trip.
Flights have been taken: 20.
shortest trip: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 Emission: 149.6 tons – 21.4 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: In 2019, Tom was among those criticized for traveling privately to Google’s climate change camp in 2019, a mistake he repeated last May when he took one of his planes to the eco-friendly Cannes Film Festival.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Florid Mayweather, 45, owns a £50 million Gulfstream G650 jet called ‘Air Mayweather’.
jet plane: The 45-year-old retired boxer is one of the ‘richest athletes of all time’ (his career earnings are £900m) and owns a £50m Gulfstream G650 called ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shared photos of her enjoying massages, haircuts and poker games on board.
On the outside, the 12-seater plane features the boxer moniker along with the letters “TBE” – “Best of All”. Floyd also owns a fleet of personal pilots, who wear uniforms bearing the “TMT” or “The Money Team” logo.
Trips Taken: 177 this year.
shortest trip: Ten minutes (within Las Vegas).
CO2 Emission: 7076.8 tons – 1.011 times the average person.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOASTS: Floyd makes blunt comments about his plane, such as: “When you live this lifestyle, you’re just a wing.”