Musk’s first-ever jet.

Elon Musk bought his first private jet, the Dassault Falcon 900B, in 2004.
Musk bought the jet before he became a billionaire in 2012.
The French-made jet typically costs around $26 million.

The Falcon 900 is a business jet first produced by French aviation company Dassault in the 1980s.Exterior of Dassault 900.

The Falcon 900B, a version of the jet with Honeywell TFE731-5BR-1C engines, was delivered to Musk in 2004. Musk bought the jet before he became a billionaire in 2012.

Musk’s jet was previously registered to other companies including MLM company Amway, per registration records compiled by online database PlaneLogger. This indicates that Musk likely bought a pre-owned jet. Musk’s Falcon 900B is under the registration N900SX. 

Musk’s jet was last seen in active use in 2016, according to PlaneLogger’s database.

In an interview with Chris Anderson at the TED Conference in April, Musk said he doesn’t own a home, a yacht, or take vacations. “I mean, the one exception is the plane, but if I don’t use the plane then I have less hours to work,” Musk said.

The plane he’s referring to is his Gulfstream G650ER, in which he flew more than 150,000 miles in 2018 alone, per flight records obtained by The Washington Post.

Only four jets have been registered to Musk and Tesla in addition to the Falcon 900B: a Gulfstream G650ER (N628TS) and two Gulfstream G550 (N272BG and N502SX).

Musk and Tesla did not immediately reply to Insider’s requests for comment.

A new Dassault Falcon costs $26 million, while a pre-owned jet costs $5 million.Front exterior of the Dassault Falcon 900.

The Falcon 900B was last manufactured in 2000 and has a fleet size of 156. The jet costs $26 million when deliveries first began in 1985, and costs $5 million if bought pre-owned in recent years.

While the 900B is no longer being manufactured, the latest variant of the original Falcon 900 — the 900LX — is still in production.

The jet costs around $2 million to operate if flown for 450 hours a year.

The interior has remained the same since it was first produced in the 1980s, according to Business Jet Traveler.Cockpit of Dassault Falcon 900.

Although the jet is much older than popular business jets like the Gulfstream G650, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Inside Elon Musk’s first-ever private jet, the $26 million Dassault Falcon 900B, which he bought before he became a billionaire

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