Flying champagne at 40,000 feet, flying to awards from a glitzy party and back to bed on time — being an A-Lister with your own luxury jet is a tough life. But highlife has come under fire this week, as celebrities are being named and shamed for their excessive use of private jets.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average human does in a year.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in one hour as the average person does in an entire year, private flights emit 14 times more pollution (per passenger) than commercial aircraft.
Yet their ultra-wealthy owners — many of whom boast about their apparent environmental credentials — are hopping on their jets for trips of less than 15 minutes.
Using data compiled by an international flight tracker, British 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 high flyers?
Kylie Jenner, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private planes – her own and one belonging to her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott – with the smug caption: ‘You want mine or yours?’
jet: Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Kylie has been branded a ‘climate criminal’ for repeatedly taking short trips on her £60million jet.
Last month, the billionaire social media star, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing two private jets – her own and one belonging to her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott – with the smug caption: ‘You my Do you want to take it or yours?’
He reportedly bought a 59.6-foot-long Bombardier Global 7500 in 2020. The exterior bears her name and a Barbie-pink stripe, while the interior features white seats, pink satin cushions and eye masks (‘Kylie’ skin’, the name of her make-up range) and colored lights that illuminate the day. Can be set in different colors depending on the time.
Guests have Hermes blankets, two bathrooms, a master suite and an onboard wardrobe.
Flights Taken: 64 this year.
Shortest flight: 12 minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, both in California).
CO2 emissions: 1,682.7 tons – 240 times that of the average person.
ECO Pride: Kylie prided herself on buying eco-friendly products for her four-year-old daughter Stormi and made her make-up range vegan last year, telling followers she was going ‘vegan and clean’ because it was ‘time to step up’ for the planet. ‘ Is.
Taylor Swift, 32, owned two jets but sold the smaller one (worth just £4.9 million) in early 2020.
jet: The 32-year-old singer – who is worth £470million – bought her own private jet, a £33million Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900, in 2011.
With its plush cream interiors and inbuilt flat-screen TV, it has 18 fully reclining seats and a distinctive number 13 (her lucky number and December birth date).
She owned 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 emissions: 8,293.54 tonnes – 1,185 times the average person’s annual carbon emissions of seven tonnes.
ECO Pride: In 2020, Taylor was named an ‘enduring fashion influencer’ by Vogue.
In another interview the same year, he described climate change as a ‘terrible situation’.
A representative defended his apparent air miles, saying his jet was ‘regularly loaned out to other people’. He added: ‘To attribute most or all of these visits to him is patently incorrect.’
Oprah Winfrey (pictured with husband Graham Steadman) 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 her own luxury jet. The 68-year-old bought a £62 million Gulfstream G650 in 2016, reportedly after becoming enraged when a female fan asked him for a hug while she was waiting in an airport queue.
The magnificent jet, which can comfortably accommodate 16 feet, is divided into four themed areas: Dining, Work, Entertainment and Relaxation. There is a double bed, a conference room and dining area as well as an onboard chef.
Flights Taken: 68 this year.
Shortest flight: 14 minutes (Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, California).
CO2 emissions: 3,493.17 tons – 499 times that of the average person.
ECO Pride: “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, urging fans to do their bit for the environment. Wrote while doing.
Mark Wahlberg, 51, came under fire last month for 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 £9.9million Bombardier Global Express jet, which he bought in 2016.
The top-of-the-range model – which he renovated at great expense last year – has a big ‘W’ on its tail and a cabin so spacious that the fitness-obsessed star can work out on board.
Her social media photos show soft beige furnishings and polished wood, as well as multiple screens so her four children can take advantage of high-speed Wi-Fi.
Mark came under fire last month for a series of short flights from London to Dublin (48 minutes) and then to Shannon (23 minutes) for a round of golf.
Flights Taken: 101 this year.
Shortest flight: Nine minutes (Los Angeles to Van Nuys, California).
CO2 emissions: 3,772.85 tons – 538.9 times the average person.
ECO Pride: In 2020, Mark publicly pledged to give up meat and dairy to reduce his 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 bulkier version of the planes owned by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Jet: Decked out in cashmere, the reality TV star’s £124 million jet, ‘Come Air’, is as modest as you might expect.
Kim, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a bulkier version of the planes owned by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. It has been customized inside and out, masterminded by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, whose clients include Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.
The 18-seat jet features wood panelling, two beds and two bathrooms, as well as ‘enhanced air ionisation’, which creates a breeze at high altitude.
Guests wear slippers from Kim’s underwear brand, Skims, lest they muddy the carpet.
Flights Taken: 57 this year.
Shortest flight: Ten minutes (Van Nuys to Camarillo, California).
CO2 emissions: 4,268.5 tons – 609.8 times the average person.
ECO Pride: The reality star has spoken in the past about her desire to make her businesses eco-friendly. In 2019, he praised climate activist Greta Thunberg, and, a year later, tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’ with a broken heart emoji.
Tom Cruise, 60, often flies his own 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 most luxurious of which is a 19-seat Gulfstream IV, worth around £16.5million. The aircraft, dubbed Jetworld’s limousine, is equipped with a Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art cinema room, as well as elegant soft furnishings.
The actor often flies his own private aircraft, having qualified for his pilot’s license in 1994.
He also sends them on missions around the world to give free gifts. Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes from his favorite bakery in California to London by private jet for the cast and crew of the Mission: Impossible film franchise — a 5,500-mile round trip.
Flights were taken.:20.
Shortest flight: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 emissions: 149.6 tons – 21.4 times the average person.
ECO Pride: In 2019, Tom was among the A-listers criticized for flying privately to Google’s climate change camp in 2019, a mistake he repeated in May when he attended the eco-friendly Cannes Film Festival. Took a jet of their own.
Florid Mayweather, 45, owns a £50 million Gulfstream G650 jet known as ‘Air Mayweather’.
jet: ‘One of the richest sportsmen of all time’ (his career earnings exceed £900m) the 45-year-old retired boxer owns a £50m Gulfstream G650 jet named ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shared photos of him enjoying massages, haircuts and poker games in it.
On the outside, the 12-seater jet bears the initials ‘TBE’ – ‘The Best Ever’ – along with the boxer’s surname. Floyd also has a fleet of personal pilots, who wear uniforms branded with the ‘TMT’ or ‘The Mini Team’ insignia.
Flights Taken: 177 this year.
Shortest flight: Ten minutes (within Las Vegas).
CO2 emissions: 7,076.8 tons – 1,011 times that of the average person.
ECO Pride: Floyd makes offhand comments about his jet, such as: ‘When you live this lifestyle, you just put wings on it.’