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Gallery: the world's best bizjets

Commercial air travel sucks. Try these private jets on for size...

  • HA-420 HondaJet


    Thirty years in the making, the HondaJet is finally being delivered to customers. There’s a reason it took so long – Honda engineered it from scratch, pioneering the overwing engine layout that reduces cabin noise and improves fuel economy. Cars, bikes, lawnmowers, compact jets… is there anything they won’t build?

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  • BBJ 787-8 VVIP


    When you’re a multi-billionaire, a BBJ is just a phone call away. Boeing Business Jets was founded in 1996 and makes private planes based on its commercial airliners. This is the latest, based on the 787 Dreamliner – the fuel-efficient, carbon-composite passenger jet with swept wing tips and a cabin designed to minimise tiredness on long-haul flights (it can fly for 17 hours and 9,800 miles).

    Image: Kestrel Aviation Management

  • The interior design includes high-domed ceilings, hardwood flooring, marble bathrooms, a huge double bed, walk-in showers, and hand-tufted carpet with silk accents, which are like Brummie accents only posher.

    Image: Kestrel Aviation Management

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  • Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Boeing 747


    According to Forbes, Prince Al-Waleed is the 41st richest person in the world, with just over £13bn in the bank. That’s why you don’t see him at the Heathrow bag drop, because he’ll be lording it on an actual throne in his private jumbo jet, which shows all the good taste and restraint of a man whose other toys include a diamond-encrusted Mercedes SL.

  • Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s Boeing 747

    He was also the first person to order a private A380 superjumbo, which he planned to furnish with a Turkish bath and a garage for his Rolls-Royce Phantom, though after the 2008 financial crisis the plane was never actually completed. Cheapskate.

  • Gulfstream G650ER


    One of the quickest, rangiest bizjets in the sky, the G650 flies at just under the speed of sound at an altitude of 50,000 feet – well above most airliners.

  • Gulfstream G650ER

    With eight passengers on board it’ll fly non-stop from Hong Kong to New York, or from Melbourne to LA, or any other pair of cities 8,000 miles apart.

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