Quiffing champagne at 40,000 feet, flying from glitzy parties to awards dos and getting back to bed on time — being an A-lister with your own luxury jet is a tough life. But the high life has come under fire this week, as celebrities have been named and shamed for their excessive use of private jets.
A private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in an hour as the average person emits in a year
A single private jet emits as much carbon dioxide in one hour as the average person does in an entire year, private flights produce 14 times more pollution (per passenger) than commercial aircraft.
Yet their ultra-wealthy owners — many of whom boast about their apparent ecological credentials — are hopping on their jets for trips of less than 15 minutes.
Using data collected by an international flight tracker, British marketing agency Yard compiled a list of the worst offenders.
So whose aircraft is the worst polluter? And who is the biggest climate hypocrite among the high flyers?
Kylie Jenner, 24, shared a photo on Instagram showing off two private planes – her own and one belonging to her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott – with the smug caption: ‘Would you like to take mine or yours?’
jet: Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Kylie has been labeled a ‘climate criminal’ for frequent short trips on her £60million jet.
Last month, the billionaire social media star, 24, shared a picture on Instagram showing two private jets – her own and her rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott’s – with the smug caption: ‘Would you like to take mine or yours?’
He bought an all-white 59.6-foot-long Bombardier Global 7500 in 2020 at a reported expense. The exterior features her name and a Barbie-pink stripe, while the interior features white seats, pink satin pillows and an eye mask (carrying ‘Kylie). Skin’, the name of her makeup range) and colored lights that can be set to different colors depending on the time of day.
There are Hermès blankets for guests, 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 BOASTS: Kylie prides 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’s going ‘vegan and clean’ because it’s time to ‘step up’ for the planet.
Taylor Swift, 32, owned two jets but sold a smaller one (worth just £4.9m) in early 2020.
jet: The 32-year-old singer – worth an estimated £470m – bought her private jet, a £33m Dassault-Breguet Mystere Falcon 900, in 2011.
With its plush cream interior and built-in flatscreen TVs, it features 18 fully reclining seats and a distinctive number 13 (her lucky number and date of birth in December) on the side.
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 emitted: 8,293.54 tonnes – 1,185 times the average person’s annual carbon emissions of seven tonnes.
ECO BOASTS: In 2020, Taylor was named a ‘Sustainable Fashion Influencer’ by Vogue.
In another interview that same year, she called climate change a ‘terrible situation’.
A representative defended his apparent air miles, saying his jet was ‘regularly loaned out to other people’. They added: ‘To attribute any or all of these journeys to him is grossly incorrect.’
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 her own posh plane. The 68-year-old bought a £62million Gulfstream G650 in 2016, reportedly after a female fan waiting in line at the airport got angry when she asked him for a hug.
The magnificent jet, which can comfortably be 16 feet, is divided into four thematic areas: dining, work, entertainment and relaxation. There is 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, California).
CO2 emitted: 3,493.17 tons – 499 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: ‘We know that the future of life is determined by everything we do – and don’t do now -,’ Oprah wrote in a 2019 post, calling on fans to do their bit for the environment.
Mark Wahlberg, 51, came under fire last month for taking 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 refurbished at great expense last year – has a big ‘W’ at the tail and a spacious cabin where 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 benefit from high-speed Wi-Fi.
Mark came under fire last month for taking 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 emitted: 3,772.85 tons – 538.9 times the average person.
ECO BOASTS: In 2020, Mark publicly pledged to give up meat and dairy to reduce his impact on the planet. However he has said that 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 associated with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Jet: Bedded in cashmere, the reality TV star’s £124 million jet, ‘Kim Air’, is as opulent as you might expect.
Kim, 41, owns a Gulfstream G650ER, a blingier version of the planes owned by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. She has been customized inside and out, masterminded by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, whose clients have included Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt.
The 18-seater jet has wood panelling, two beds and two bathrooms as well as ‘Enhanced Air Ionisation’, which creates fresh air at higher altitudes.
Guests wear slippers from Skims, Kim’s underwear brand, lest they muddy 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 the average person.
ECO BOASTS: The reality star has talked about her desire to make her business more environmentally friendly in the past. In 2019, he praised climate activist Greta Thunberg, and, a year later, he tweeted: ‘Climate change is real’, along with a broken heart emoji.
Tom Cruise, 60, often flies his own private jets, qualifying for his pilot’s license in 1994.
jet: The Top Gun star, 60, owns not one but five private jets — the richest of which is a 19-seat Gulfstream IV, worth around £16.5million. Nicknamed the limousine of the jet world, the plane is outfitted with a Jacuzzi and top-of-the-range cinema room, as well as elegant soft furnishings.
After qualifying for his pilot’s license in 1994, the actor often flies his own private planes.
He sends them on free gift missions around the world. Last Christmas, he reportedly flew 300 cakes on a 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 are taken: 20.
Shortest flight: 12 minutes (Shannon to Killarney, Ireland).
CO2 emitted: 149.6 tons – 21.4 times that of 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 mistake he repeated this May when he took one of his jets to the eco-friendly Cannes Film Festival.
jet: One of the ‘richest athletes of all time’ (his career earnings topped £900 million) the 45-year-old retired boxer owns a £50 million Gulfstream G650 jet named ‘Air Mayweather’.
Floyd bought it for his 41st birthday and shares images of himself enjoying massages, haircuts and poker games.
On the outside, the 12-seater jet bears the boxer’s nickname with the initials ‘TBE’ – ‘The Best Ever’. Floyd also has a fleet of personal pilots, who wear branded uniforms with ‘TMT’ or ‘The Money Team’ insignia.
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 makes flippant comments about his jet, such as: ‘When you live this lifestyle, you wing it.’