Donald Trump even paid $100 million for his own plane.
As presidential hopefuls jet across the country from Iowa to New Hampshire to California and New York, they are racking up a lot of air time in their pursuit of, well, air time. While the candidates could fly commercial like most of their voters—and be well on their way to platinum status for life—for most, a private jet is preferred, since it allows them to attend a pancake breakfast in Washington State and arrive at an Ohio town hall by lunch, without fear of a delay or cancellation.
But what specific aircraft do the candidates use as they woo voters from Akron to Alameda, and what does it cost them? The private jet booking app JetSmarter has done a little digging into the flying style of the candidates vying for both parties’ presidential nominations, and the results are interesting.
Donald Trump, who just won New Hampshire’s primary, has an ostentatious ride that, ahem, trumps them all—a Boeing 757 emblazoned with his name on it in red, white, and blue. According to JetSmarter, it cost the real estate mogul $100 million. The massive plane, dubbed Trump Force One, was purchased from Microsoft’s Paul Allen back in 2011. Check out this video of The Apprentice’s Amanda Miller for a tour of its many features, including seating for 43, a silk-lined master bedroom, a master bath with 24-karat gold fixtures, and even gold plated seat belts.
Trump’s nearest Republican rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, have more in common than a political party and a penchant for red ties—they both fly around the country in Cessna Citation Excel planes, to the tune of $3,000 an hour. Presumably they don’t share a jet, although potential voters might appreciate their fiscal conservativeness.
As for the Democrats, former Senator, Secretary of State, and First Lady Hillary Clinton uses a Dassault Falcon 900B as she flies from Nevada meet-and-greets to South Carolina barbecues. She pays $5,850 per hour to fly the French-built corporate jet across American skies.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders make his way across the campaign trail in a Gulfstream 200, which has been out of production for at least five years. He rents the jet for $5,000 per hour, instead of buying a used model for around $5 million. Will voters appreciate his frugality? We’ll have to wait until November to find out.