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World Leaders and Their Private Jets

World Leaders and their Private Jets


It’s no secret that the world’s most powerful leaders are often transported by highly specialized aircraft. Some manage with only one, while others have entire fleets of customized aircraft at their disposal.

Air Charter Service specialises in several niches of air transportation; government charters for heads of state, cargo charters for humanitarian relief, private jet charters for leisure and more. Using research and intel from our 20 worldwide offices, our team assembled a global comparative analysis of the aircraft used by some of the world’s most influential leaders. We share the results of this global study with you below.

Key facts of all world leaders private aircraft
Key facts of all world leaders private aircraft


The Queen of England, members of the Royal family and Great Britain’s government rely upon the 32nd squadron of the United Kingdom for transportation. These include two AW109 helicopters for travelling distances under 1,000 kilometres, six BAE-125 airplanes with a flight range up to 3000 kilometres, as well as four mid-sized reactive BAE-146 airplanes that are used primarily on the territory of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II also has a personal helicopter, Sikorsky S-76 Spirit, as part of the Royal Household.5 The total cost of the 32nd squadron fleet of the United Kingdom is around 100 million dollars. Until recently, the Royal Family leased ordinary Boeing 747s or Boeing 777s from British Airways or Virgin Atlantic airways for travelling long distances. Currently, the Queen and her family members can be transported for important events by the airplanes and helicopters of the Royal Air Force.

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Elizabeth II on the right and her private jet in flight on the left
Elizabeth II on the right and her private jet in flight on the left


Graphic summary of Theresa May's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Theresa May's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features

Recently, the 32nd squadron of United Kingdom acquired its own Airbus A330 for 195 million pounds. The main purpose of the new airliner is to carry the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on official government trips. Compared to the air management centres of other leaders of nuclear powers, the aircraft of the United Kingdom is generally an ordinary passenger airplane, with some minor alterations in the cabin planning and in-flight refuelling capabilities.

According to the press, the modifications of the airplane were conducted in accordance with conditions of the economy. The refitment of the British Prime Minister’s airplane cost a modest 15 million pounds. It is also noted that utilising the government Airbus resulted in saving up to almost 1.5 million pounds on plane charters.

Aircraft interior

The aircraft of Theresa May is modest in terms of the materials used and the cabin configuration. A small VIP area with two ottoman chairs is located in the front part of the Airbus A330. If desired, the sliding curtains can be closed to offer some privacy from the rest of the delegation. The main body of the aircraft cabin is occupied by 58 business class seats created for the accommodation of ministers and their deputies. The tail portion is occupied by 100 economy class seats, made for the journalists publicising the work of the Ministry Cabinet.

Interestingly, the former British Prime Minister David Cameron previously used public airline services on a number of occasions, seated among regular passengers.

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Vladimir Putin’s flagship aircraft is the Russian-made IL-96-300PU. It is a wide-bodied, long-haul airliner that is easily distinguishable from the passenger model by its extended fuselage fairing. The government installed an advanced communication system on board that allows the aircraft to act as a management centre capable of carrying out the prompt commandment of troops in case of unexpected conflict.

Graphic summary of Vladimir Putin's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Vladimir Putin's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features

Putin’s IL-96-300PU aircraft specifications

The sheer size of the snow-white airliner demands respect. Its length reaches almost 65 metres, and the wingspan exceeds 65 metres. The differences between the technical characteristics of the IL-96-300PU and the basic passenger model are minimal. Like the original, the maximum takeoff mass of the presidential aircraft is around 270 tonnes and max cruising speed tops out at 900 kilometres per hour. The service ceiling of the aircraft is 12,000 metres. However, modifications have been made to the maximum flight length without refuelling. Putin’s IL-96-300PU has a significantly longer range than the standard model.

Aircraft interior

While the exterior of the aircraft looks largely the same as the basic model, the cabin is lavishly decorated with tapestries and gold accents. The furniture and interior décor are finished in the neoclassical style. The current interior design was completed according to the sketches of Ivan Glazunov, the son of revered Russian artist Ilya Glazunov. The interior has been fully customized to allow the president to work and rest in comfort. The presidential airplane is equipped with a spacious office, a bedroom and a fully-equipped gym.

Special features

Of course, an airliner as large as the IL-96-300PU requires superior security. This coverage is provided by the pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ special squad, both inside and outside of Russian territory. Putin’s personal aircraft has several layers of protection against potential attacks from land or from the air. The aircraft’s body has a special coating that makes the plane less visible to RCS, an automated system of jamming and disorienting radars, as well as its own anti-aircraft defence system. Further details on the plane’s security are a state secret protected by the Federal Security Service.

Russia’s presidential fleet

The presidential air squad is comprised of four of the president‘s first-choice aircraft rather than one. This is not a case of reliability, but one of security. As soon as knowledge of an international flight is public, all four aircraft are readied for departure. The specific plane to be used by Vladimir Putin is not known until take-off. After the choice is made, either one or all three of the remaining airplanes follow the president as the reserve. In total, the air squad's fleet is made up of 68 airplanes. 64 of them are utilised, while the remaining four are kept in storage.

Estimated aircraft model cost

What is the total building cost of each presidential IL-96-300PU? It is impossible to find an exact answer based on the available information. However, we are able to estimate that the basic cost of the IL-96-300PU is around 60 million dollars. On top of that, the price of the presidential passenger cabin, security measures, communication systems and changes in airliner construction could raise this cost substantially.

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Air Force One is the name of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States at any time. Unlike the Russian leader, Donald Trump relies primarily on two identical customized aircraft. The aircraft are heavily modified Boeing 747-200B models and are referred to within the government by their military designation, VC-25A. If an airport is unable to accommodate the VC-25A due to its landing strip capacity, a more compact Boeing C-32 is used. The presidential air fleet is positioned under the administration of the 89th airlift wing, located at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Graphic summary of Donald Trump's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Donald Trump's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

Air Force One specifications

The Boeing 747 is the first double-decker, long-haul, wide-bodied passenger airplane in the world. From the moment of production it was the largest aircraft of the civic air force. Even now, its dimensions are impressive: the length is over 70 metres, the wingspan is 65 metres, and the width of the fuselage is 6.5 metres. The maximum speed is almost 1,000 kilometres per hour and the flight range of the basic version is approximately 14,000 kilometres.

Similar to Russia’s IL-96-300PU, the extensive modification of the two Boeing 747-200Bs was specifically designed for the President of the United States. The VC-25A has better fuel economy and an increased flight range over the original model. Alterations allowing refuelling of the airliner during flight theoretically allow the aircraft to remain in the sky for an indefinite period of time.

Special features

Similar to Vladimir Putin’s IL-96-300PU, Trump’s VC-25A serves as a chief government management centre during prolonged flights. Air Force One has a number of secure communication channels including satellite. The aircraft’s security systems are prepared to protect from standard attacks as well as any unusual occurrences such as targeted electromagnetic impulses. The VC-25A is also equipped with a medical suite that acts as a fully functional operating room.

Aircraft interior

The first interior of the Boeing VC-25A was designed by Nancy Reagan, the wife of President Ronald Reagan, in an American Southwest style that has since been updated. The airliners have been occasionally modernised to improve the radio navigation and the communication equipment features and to alter the aircraft’s interior according to the new president's preferences.

The President of the United States has substantial living space on board. With a cabin area exceeding 370 square metres, the president’s accommodations include a bedroom, bathroom, gym and offices. Of course, the president is unable to travel alone and is always accompanied by a large retinue. Air Force One has personal space for each of the retinue members. Higher ranks have separate offices at their disposal, while others have a place to work and to rest. There is a separate area for the accompanying news reporters. Altogether, the presidential aircraft is capable of comfortably accommodating 70 passengers and 26 members of the crew.

Estimated aircraft model cost

As with Russia’s airplane, it is difficult to calculate the exact cost of the VC-25A. We do know that at the time of construction in 1990, the cost of the passenger version was 100 million dollars. The modifications and improvements of the flight characteristics, the installation of the communication equipment and security systems will have increased the cost of the aircraft substantially. Bearing in mind that each of the VC-25As were modernised and reworked, we could speculate that an estimated 1 billion dollars may have been spent on each of the American President’s Boeing 747-200Bs.

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Unlike his colleagues who have multiple airplanes, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping does not own a personal aircraft. The leader of the People’s Republic of China uses two Boeing 747-400’s belonging to Air China airlines (tail numbers B-2447 and B-2472) for his government visits and business trips. The catalogue value of these planes at the time of construction was approximately 195 million pounds each.1

Graphic summary of Xi Jinping's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Xi Jinping's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

Both of the airliners are used for regular passenger flights by Air China airlines. However, as soon as the president plans an upcoming foreign visit, the airplanes are carefully examined by the leader’s security service, which may take up to several weeks. After the examinations, the aircraft are sent to refitting during which some of the cabin’s seats are dismantled and replaced with a spacious living room, a bedroom and an office. Specific details of the ongoing manipulations are not known. After the government leader’s return to his native land, the airplanes are given back to Air China and returned to the original state to be used for passenger flights again.

Xin Jinping’s aircraft interior

It is only possible to view the interior of the president’s altered Air China Boeing 747-400s through a limited number of official photographs taken on board, in particular those taken during the negotiations of Xi Jinping with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Several sources report that the interior design of the PRC’s presidential aircraft is rather austere and far from lavish or luxurious.

Why hasn’t the president of the People’s Republic gotten his own permanent aircraft? This question has already been raised by one of the predecessors of Xi Jinping, Jiang Zemin. Newly purchased airplanes, which were planned to be the analogues to the Russian and American presidential airliners, were delivered to the San Antonio airport (United States) for refitment. However, the Chinese leaders have never used them after the remodelling was completed.

According to the American press, it is possible that upon the airplane's arrival, members of the PRC’s national security system found a number of listening devices in the cabin. China’s only commentary came a few months later from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stating “there was no objective need for eavesdropping.”2

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s most famous aircraft is an Airbus A340-313X VIP referred to as the Konrad Adenauer after the first postwar Chancellor of Germany. In addition to the Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor Merkel has several other planes at her disposal, all managed by the the German armed forces.

Graphic summary of Angela Merkel's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Angela Merkel's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s most famous aircraft is an Airbus A340-313X VIP referred to as the Konrad Adenauer after the first postwar Chancellor of Germany. In addition to the Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor Merkel has several other planes at her disposal, all managed by the the German armed forces.

Presidential fleet

The fleet available to Chancellor Merkel and her closest advisors is quite extensive and handles a wide range of tasks. A Eurocopter AS532 can be used for flights around Germany and other close countries. For longer flights up to 2,000 kilometres, Angela Merkel has access to four business jets, including a Bombardier Global 5000 valued at around 55 million pounds and two Airbus A319-133X CJs each costing more than 115 million pounds. The Airbus has a range of over 6,000 kilometres, but is rarely used for transcontinental flights.

The most famous planes in the German government’s fleet are its flagship, the Airbus A340-313X VIP known as “Konrad Adenauer” and its twin, “Theodor Heuss.” The Konrad Adenauer is named after the first Chancellor of (West) Germany and Theodor Heuss is named for its first President. At the end of March 2011, the planes were transferred from Lufthansa airline to the special unit of the military’s administration dedicated to government transport. Until then, the airplanes had been used for regular passenger flights for Lufthansa Airlines.

Aircraft Interior

After numerous remodelling and reconstruction projects, the aircraft were transformed into comfortable, modern, and secure personal aircraft for Angela Merkel. The Airbus A340-313X VIPs can accommodate approximately 150 passengers each. There are apartments with showers, bedrooms, offices, a conference hall with video communication equipment and a completely soundproof room for negotiations.

The air fleet of the German Chancellor is equipped with the IFF (identification, friend or foe) system, systems of missile defence, as well as additional fuel tanks, allowing for non-stop flights up to 13,500 kilometres. This impressive range is enough to get from Berlin to Washington, Beijing or Rio de Janeiro.

Aircraft model estimated base cost

The Konrad Adenauer and the Theodor Heuss are in no way inferior to Donald Trump’s Air Force One or Putin’s IL-96-300PU. Compared to Trump’s Boeing 747-200B, Germany’s Airbus A340-313X VIP can carry more passengers (147 instead of 102). Konrad Adenauer and Theodor Heuss cost approximately 230 million pounds each.

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France has spared no expense for the air transport of former president François Hollande. The aircraft of the Fifth Republic's ex president, the Airbus A330-200, is elegant and modern, costing around 210 million pounds. Similar to the other planes of world powers with nuclear weaponry, François Hollande’s primary aircraft is not purely a comfortable means of transport for long distances. It is also a management centre, that allows for real-time command of the main governmental bodies and military troops.

Graphic summary of François Hollande's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of François Hollande's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

Aircraft interior

The former French president’s Airbus A330-200 has a bedroom with a large bed, a bathroom, a dressing room, a kitchen, an office, a soundproof negotiation room for 12 people, a mini operating room, as well as a space designated for journalists and members of the delegation accompanying him. Communication equipment on the airliner includes a number of secure connection channels that are capable of passing top secret information and encrypted messages.

The history behind the Fifth Republic’s acquisition of the Airbus A330-200 is an interesting one. Prior to 2010, leaders of France used an Airbus A319 for official air travel. However, in 2009 an incident occurred with one of the planes. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France at the time, led the representational governmental delegation on a multi-day tour across the countries of the African continent. Prior to takeoff, the plane was forced to return from the airstrip due to the failure of one of the A319 engines. Although the reserve aircraft’s system worked perfectly throughout the rest of the tour, upon the President's return to France, the decision was made to sell both of the Airbus A319s. They purchased one Airbus A330-200 that was previously in use by François Hollande.

Hollande’s Presidential fleet

The air fleet of the former French president also includes two reactive Dassault Falcons 7Xs. These aircraft were purchased in 2009 and 20103 due to their universality, as they are equally proficient in both relatively short and transatlantic flights. Additionally, these smaller planes are much more suitable to some of the shorter airstrips in France and countries of its primary interests.

During the presidency of Sarkozy, one of the Falcon 7Xs was named after the First Lady of the country, Carla Bruni. It is difficult to say why, but former president François Hollande, who replaced Nicolas Sarkozy, still used the name when he could have easily renamed it.4

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The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has been surrounded by gold and gems from his childhood. That’s why it’s not surprising, that the prince’s private jet is nicknamed the “Flying Palace”.7

Graphic summary of Hassanal Bolkiah's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Hassanal Bolkiah's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features

Aircraft interior

The purchase of the “Flying Palace,” an Airbus A340-212, cost the prince 80 million pounds. An additional 95 million pounds has been spent on the reconstruction and modernisation of the airplane, all of which took place in the United States. The aircraft makeover not only added an incredibly luxurious cabin, decorated with precious metals, gems and valuable wood, but also significantly developed its flight features. Due to the installment of the additional fuel tanks, the ultimate non-stop flight range of the Sultan of Brunei’s personal air force increased to 15,000 kilometres, whereas the basic model is only 12,500 kilometres.

Aircraft modifications

Due to the size of the prince’s A340-212, his travel is strictly limited by the capacity of the destination’s airstrip. Other than the Sultan’s airplane, there have only been three other aircraft produced with these modifications.

Other than the Airbus A340-212, the air fleet serving the monarch and his family consist of VIP modifications of a Boeing 747-430, a Boeing 767-270 and two Sikorsky S-70 helicopters.

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Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. As such, he is the owner of a truly spectacular air fleet used by numerous members of his royal family.8

On official trips of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is accompanied by an entourage of at least 1,000 people including family members, members of the delegation and service staff. The weight of the carried cargo is measured in tonnes, and consists not only of various personal items for Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, but even includes limousines to be used by Emir in the destination country.

One aircraft, whether passenger or military, is not capable of such a large-scale transfer. This is why most of the Emir of Qatar’s trips, both official and unofficial, are completed by multiple airplanes. Qatar’s delegation once arrived to negotiations with the prime minister of Japan using 10 aircraft, and to Switzerland using 8 aircraft.

The individual transportation of the head of the government, his family members, and higher government officials is carried out by a separate VIP airline, Qatar Amiri Flight, set up in 1977 and property of Qatar’s government. Most of the airplanes in Qatar’s fleet have the colours of the official national carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways, on their sides.

Graphic summary of Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features


According to information published on the official website of the President of Kazakhstan, in 2016 Nursultan Nazarbayev actively travelled around the world and made official visits to 15 countries (some of them more than once). Altogether, the president of Kazakhstan has spent 140 hours in the airplane and travelled for over 99,000 kilometres, two and a half times the equator’s circumference.10 The leader’s comfort and security during his voyages are provided by the staff of the state airline, Berkut.

Berkut’s statute law has clear guidelines on its main purpose, which is the “provision and implementation of the important flights of the Kazakhstan Republic.” The prompt governance of the enterprise is completed by the department of the Presidential Affairs of Kazakhstan Republic.11

Graphic summary of Nursultan Nazarbayev's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Nursultan Nazarbayev's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features


The Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the smallest Arab states in the world. However, rich deposits of minerals made this island kingdom one of the wealthiest in the Persian Gulf basin. As such, the head of the royal family, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is considered one of the world’s richest men.

Graphic summary of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

Bahraini royal fleet

The official aircraft of the King of Bahrain is a state airline of Bahrain Royal Flight, founded in 1981. At the moment, its air fleet consists of six aircraft: a Boeing Business Jet BBJ2, two Boeing 747-400s, a Boeing 767-400ER, a Gulfstream G-IV and a Bell 430. Each one is a VIP configuration and is intended exclusively for the members of the royal family and high government officials.

Aircraft interior

The most recent purchases of the Bahrain Royal Flight airline were a Boeing 767-400ER and a Boeing Business Jet BBJ2. VIP interiors in both airplanes were completed by the corporation Lufthansa Technik. Due to ethical considerations, the company has released extremely limited information on the interiors. Judging by the fragmented information and photographs that have leaked, the passenger deck of the flagship of the King of Bahrain’s air fleet is divided into two autonomous zones with a separate VIP private living room and a negotiation area.13 In the airplane cabin, there are also individual VIP cabins and bedrooms, though the exact number is unknown. The government installed medical equipment on board, including an operating room with life support devices and advanced systems of water purification.

After the decoration of the interior of the Boeings was completed, they were sent from the centre in Hamburg to Dublin’s Lufthansa painting station where they were painted in the official colors of the Bahrain Royal Flight airline.

Aircraft modifications

The long-haul Boeing 767-400 is different from the earlier versions of the 767 by its longer fuselage and increased wing span. The Boeing 767-400ER offers increased flight range exceeding 10,000 kilometres when fully loaded.

There is very little known about the second airplane passed from Lufthansa Technik to Bahrain Royal Flight, the Boeing Business Jet BBJ2. The only available information is that it has been designed by the best professionals of a famous London international design studio.

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Businessman Alisher Usmanov is regularly ranked among the wealthiest people in Russia14 and the top 50 most influential people in the world. He owns a business jet Airbus A340-300, the cost of which exceeds 270 million pounds.

Graphic summary of Alisher Usmanov's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Alisher Usmanov's aircraft, its specifications, amenities and special features

Aircraft details

The aircraft is registered on the Isle of Man. The first letter of the jet’s name is given after the ‘Man’ - M-IABU. The rest of the letters can be translated as “I’m Alisher Bourkhanovich Usmanov.” Moreover, the A340-300 also has its own name, BOURKHAN, which is the name of Usmanov’s father.

The Airbus A340-300 is the biggest business jet in the Russian Federation. Based on size, it is only inferior to the giant А380. The catalogue value of Alisher Usmanov’s personal air fleet’s flagship is at least 238 million dollars. Counting the cost of the refitment and VIP cabin additions, the cost could easily exceed 250 million.

For a business jet, this high price tag is not excessive. Experts believe the A340-300 has a good balance between price and quality.15 Thanks to its four engines, the airliner is capable of all air routes and has a huge capacity, which is important for the protection and safety of the owner. There have been reported cases of four-engine airliners crossing the Atlantic Ocean with only three engines working. This, of course, is not possible for aircraft running on only two engines.

However, the A340-300 is not a good choice for the civil air fleet because of its high costs and high fuel consumption. Today’s economy requires that airline companies decrease costs wherever possible. This is why the fuel economy of the air fleet comes to the forefront and the A340-300 carriers prefer the economically-friendly, two-engine А330.

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Another Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, has a number of airplanes in his personal fleet, including a Boeing 767-33AER. His first private jet was a Boeing Business Jet (VIP modification of Boeing 737-700) purchased during the time of Roman Abramovich’s work in Russia. After becoming the governor of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the politician and businessman discovered first-hand the inaccessibility of that region. Regular flights were carried out from Moscow to Anadyr with a compulsory stop in Igarka for refuelling, but a direct flight to this location had a number of indisputable advantages.

Graphic summary of Roman Abramovich's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features
Graphic summary of Roman Abramovich's aircraft, their specifications, amenities and special features

The next of Roman Abramovich’s aircraft purchases was a Boeing 767-33AER. It was originally ordered by Hawaiian Airlines, but they cancelled the order in 2004. It was then purchased by the Russian businessman.16 After the paperwork was finalized, the aircraft was sent for refitment and received registration in Aruba. Currently, it is based in London Stansted airport—part of Harrods Aviation. The catalogue value of the 767-33AER exceeds 1.5 million pounds.17 When considering the cost of all refitment and equipment of the VIP cabin, the total cost could easily reach 300 million dollars.

Roman Abramovich’s Boeing 767-33AER has a bright, easily recognisable colouring with white, grey and brown lines. The slanting black stripes near the end windows of the cockpit resemble a mask. These unique exterior markings gave the plane notoriety and the nickname “Bandit.”18

Aircraft modifications

The inside of the aircraft has been drastically modified from the standard version. The airliner cabin is equipped with a banquet hall with accommodations for 30 people, a kitchen, an office and a bedroom with a double bed. Precious metals and fine woods make up the lavish décor of the airplane’s interior. In addition, the aircraft is equipped with the newest communication and security systems including Abramovich’s own anti-ballistic defence system, the cost of which exceeds two million dollars. Based on the inner furnishings and functionality of the Russian businessman’s aircraft, it rivals the airplanes of many world leaders.

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Main findings for the VIPs and their Air Transportation

VIP air transportation is in high demand. The services of luxurious business jets and customized aircraft are used not only by the heads of states and government officials, but by high-powered business tycoons. Both can own personal air fleets with size and quality parallel to the richest monarchies of the Persian Gulf.

Financial constraints can keep even the most successful businessmen from owning an air fleet as big as, for example, Vladimir Putin’s air fleet. The special squad is the record holder for having the largest number of airplanes and helicopters totalling 68 and 64 respectively. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani holds the record for the largest number of airplanes used for a government visit (up to 10), and is the leader of the highest costing air fleet, exceeding 1.15 billion pounds. During official trips, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani heads the largest air delegation of often 1,000 people, including family members, government representatives and the aircraft crew.

The President of the United States has the oldest personal aircraft. Each of his VC-25A have been in use for more than 25 years. The Prime Minister of Japan, The King of the Saudi Arabia and the Sultan of Brunei all currently have more modern aircraft than Donald Trump.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Airbus A330 has the biggest passenger capacity (around 160 people) among the leaders discussed in this analysis. The biggest business jet in the Russian Federation, Airbus A340-300 is owned by the businessman, Alisher Usmanov. According to its size, the aircraft is inferior only to the giant A380.

The achievement for the most modesty among the government leaders discussed in this analysis goes to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, who does not own a personal aircraft. Instead, the leader of the People’s Republic of China uses two Boeing 747-400s which belong to the Air China airline. They are altered before his trip and are returned to regular passenger flights after Xi Jinping returns to China.

From the 1.15 billion pound fleet of the Qatari Royal Family to the more modest aircraft choices of the General Secretary of China’s Communist party, Xi Jinping, we’ve examined some of the greatest leaders of our time and their aircraft of choice. The results show that while not all leaders have an ostentatious taste in aircraft, the majority prioritize comfort and luxury.

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