Sunday, August 21, 2011

Indian Billionaires' Private Jets |^|

There has been a sturdy increase in the number of Indian millionaires and billionaires in the past few years. With the increase in wealth, their choices seem to be reaching the skies. So what if you own a Rolls-Royce? It's kaput if you do not own a jet! When you are a billionaire, you merely cannot feel comfortable soaring on a commercial plane with other equally well-off people.

It's surprising though, that India has almost double the number of private jets compared to China that has many more billionaires. And the other interesting fact is that none of these private jets are second hand (Donald trump bought a Boeing 757 model from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen). Here are a few Indian billionaires" own jet stories on the run (way).

Mukesh Ambani
How can anybody talk about Indian billionaires and not mention Mukesh Ambani? A mix between a (flying) hotel and a boardroom is what the Managing director of Reliance Industries owns. Boeing Business Jet 2 is the 1,004 sqft plane with a complete executive office and a private bedroom suite and is worth $73 million (approx 327 crore). Ambani also owns a Falcon 900EX jet and an Airbus 319 which has been custom-fitted with an office, a cabin with game consoles, music systems, satellite television and wireless communications.

 Atul Punj
The Punj Lloyd Group Chairman owns a Gulfstream IV that has been updated and has an aerodynamically and structurally improved wing with 30 percent fewer parts. The aircraft can fit upto two beds, a shower and a luxury living room space.

Anil Ambani
Anil Ambani can boast about his hanger crowded with a Global Express jet, a Falcon 2000 and falcon 7X. Anil's global express is an ultra-long range business jet developed by Bombardier Aerospace which has also developed jets for Bill Clinton and Steven Speilberg. It also has customized interior layouts including an office and a stateroom. The Bombardier can fly over 5,950 nautical miles. It boats a 14.73 m-long cabin and is equipped with noise and vibration control system.

Vijay Mallya
How can the owner of Kingfisher Airlines not own a jet? Infact he owns four! He owns an A319 ACJ and has spent $40 Million on retro-fitting and fire proof upholstery. He also owns a Gulfstream, a Hawker and a Boeing 727.

Lakshmi Mittal
With a projected wealth of $17 billion, the steel baron uses his Gulfstream G550 to move around three countries in a day. It reaches up to 675 miles per hour, and has space for eight passengers. It also comes with a military-style "heads-up" display technology that allows pilots to take their eyes off the control panel. The NRI's Gulfstream is considered to be the Rolls Royce of private jets.

Gautam Singhania

The Chairman of Raymond Group, Gautam Singhania owns a Challenger business jet and a helicopter. The Challenger's features include an advanced Collins ProLine IV EFIS avionics system with colour displays, and enhanced fuel tank. International aircraft interior designer Eric Roth is the master mind of the beige and brown interiors of Gautam Singhania's private jet.
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