What would you do if you had $219 billion ? Possibly many things, including giving yourself some whims. Giving free rein to the imagination costs nothing, because most of us mortals will never have that fortune. However, someone does, and although it is linked mainly to the shares of his companies, it makes him the richest man in the world. We are talking about Elon Musk .
The South African-born tycoon is better known for revolutionizing the automotive industry with Tesla , sending astronauts into space with SpaceX , talking about trips to Mars , tweeting a lot, but a lot , than for his personal whims. He doesn’t need to take down bridges like Jeff Bezos to get his megayacht past him, nor does he spend money on “trinkets” like the world’s finest watch . He also has no houses of his own. So what does he spend his fortune on? In addition to trying to buy Twitter with part of it and leave it in the economic abyss , on his own plane .
The latest from Gulfstream for Elon Musk
Musk often travels a lot, so in 2015 he commissioned Gulfstream Aerospace to build a custom jet that was delivered a year later. The model chosen, with all the comforts, was the Gulfstream G650ER , whose price at the time was around 70 million dollars . After six years at the service of the “technorrey” of Tesla , and after being geolocated on each trip by a teenager , the time has come to change it.
Austonia, a news page from Austin, Texas, the city where Tesla’s headquarters are located in the United States, assures that Elon Musk has already ordered the successor to his current plane. Unsurprisingly, it’s a superior model in many ways, and from the same manufacturer the businessman has relied on for transportation over the past few years, namely Gulfstream Aerospace and its new Gulfstream G700 model .
The G700 is the new flagship jet from the American manufacturer. Valued at around $78 million , it boasts “the most spacious, innovative and flexible cabin in the industry,” high-thrust, high-efficiency Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, and a flight deck with the Symmetry Flight Deck, which incorporates side active control levers, intuitive touch screens and new flight management, checklist , communication and weather information systems.
We don’t know specifically which configuration Elon Musk has chosen, but plane owners can opt for up to five distinct areas within the plane, with different color schemes and accessories that, according to Robb Report , " could outshine any five-star hotel. " ". For example, the G700 is large enough to accommodate a six-person dining room and a full bedroom with a shower.
But that is not all. The plane also has an interesting tool to reduce the effects of jet lag. A circadian lighting system that recreates sunrise and sunset through various LED lights. Passengers will also be able to enjoy panoramic views thanks to new oval windows, “the largest in executive aviation”, according to the company on its website .
We know that Elon Musk rarely has time for a vacation , so even when he’s flying through the air, he might want to stay connected. In this sense, the Gulfstream G700 has an interesting feature: Wi-Fi on board thanks to the satellite communications provider, Inmarsat. However, you will likely choose to install one of their Starlink aircraft antennas .
In terms of range and speed, this aircraft can fly 13,890 km without refueling and reaches a maximum of Mach 0.90. Thus, I could fly from New York to Tokyo in about 12 hours, and non-stop, of course. But Musk will have to wait to start enjoying his new plane. Delivery, according to Austonia , is scheduled for early 2023, but could be delayed a bit longer due to final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).