Owning and operating a BBJ 747-8 ‘airborne palace’ isn’t for the faint-hearted

  • Owning and operating a BBJ 747-8 is a pricey affair
  • It was first introduced in 2011
  • The aircraft has a vast interior spanning around 4,786 square feet

Published on Jun 23, 2024 at 1:23 PM (UTC+4)
by Daksh Chaudhary

Last updated on Jun 23, 2024 at 1:23 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Siddharth Dudeja

Owning and operating a Boeing Business Jet, particularly a BBJ 747-8, can be quite pricey.

For just the plane itself, one has to pay a hefty price of $367 million.

On top of that, an extra $25-$50 million has to be paid to customize the interior to your liking.

Well, that’s luxury for you — it never comes easy.

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Owning and operating a BBJ 747-8 costs huge

First introduced in 2011 with Cargolux, BBJ 747-8 is currently the world’s largest business jet around.

The Boeing aircraft has a vast interior spanning around 4,786 square feet.

It’s an area big enough for fancy bedrooms, roomy lounges, and to customize the place according to owner’s wishes.

Well, the BBJ 747-8 is truly a mansion in the sky.

But as luxurious as this plane is, the price that needs to be paid is, well, a lot.

Once done with purchasing this giant and customizing the interior, you will need to burn some serious cash on operation costs.

Although there’s no confirmed number because it depends on how and where you spend money, it roughly costs around $18,000 to $25,000 per hour to keep this massive aircraft flying.

The additional costs of flight attendants, pilots, and other facilities surge these numbers even further.

More about Boeing Business Jet 747-8

While these costs are massive, imagine flying in the world’s best business jet, running at a speed of 614 mph at around 8,875 nautical miles.

That’s what makes these expenses worth it for someone looking for ultimate luxury and ease of travel.

With only a few BBJ 747-8 built, with elite clients like Qatar Amiri Flight and the State of Kuwait, this majestic aircraft is limited to a select few.

After all, not everyone can afford such a huge possession and operational costs.

Anyhow, this flight is not meant for smaller airports either — it requires a longer runway than what most smaller airports provide.

So, while this Boeing Business Jet might not be cheap, the comfort and convenience it offers are unmatched.

But when you’re a billionaire, these costs don’t really matter if comfort and luxury are your priorities.


Daksh Chaudhary

Meet Daksh: Not your typical pro, but definitely a pro at being fascinated by supercars, tech, and all things futuristic. When he's not nose-deep in work, catch him glued to anime screens or lost in the pages of a good book.