If you combine the Russian Oligarchs Luxury Jets into one company, you get a primary carrier, the second in terms of the number of aircraft after Aeroflot, with a fleet of more than 250 aircraft. In total, the Russians own up to 500 business jets, and most of them are registered abroad. Sanctions against Russian businessmen adopted by the US Treasury on April 6, 2018, ruined the lives of billionaires and launched a wave of sales.
Having fallen under sanctions, Oleg Deripaska was forced to abandon three Gulfstream G550 aircraft. Credit Suisse and Raiffeisen Bank broke leasing contracts with Deripaska’s companies, and the jets were put up for sale at $30 million. Crocus Group owner Araz Agalarov found himself in a similar situation: he had to urgently repay a $20 million loan from the American bank Stonebriar Commercial Finance, where he had pledged his Gulfstream G550.
The planes of several more businessmen who fell under sanctions appeared on the market, for example, Suleiman Kerimov (Boeing BBJ2 and Bombardier Global Express XRS) and Boris Rotenberg (Bombardier Global). Businessmen are afraid to find themselves in a situation similar to where Volga Group owner Gennady Timchenko found himself: Gulfstream stopped fulfilling contractual obligations and supplying spare parts for his Gulfstream G650.
“Accordingly, a number of other aircraft of Russian owners were also taken out of service, they refused to provide them with after-sales support, and the warranty was voided. Some European and American operators began to refuse transportation to citizens who are on the sanctions list, not to mention the sale of new equipment, ”explains Pavel Zakharov, managing director of Jet24. As a result, Timchenko’s plane landed on a subsidiary of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Cypriot Amerivo Holdings.
Who owns what boards – in the Forbes rating of “50 most expensive aircraft of Russian businessmen.”
|Estimated owner||Country of registration||brand||Year of issue||Valuation, $ mln|
|1||Alisher Usmanov||Maine||Airbus A340||2008||150|
|2||Roman Abramovich||Aruba||Boeing 767||2003||120|
|3||Roman Abramovich (Alexander Abramov – Approx. K.ru)||Germany||Airbus A319||2014||85|
|4||Andrey Skoch and family||Aruba||Airbus A319||2013||71|
|5||Andrey Kozitsyn||Austria||Airbus A320||2008||67|
|6||Viktor Rashnikov||Bermuda||Gulfstream G650ER||2017||62.5|
|7||Sergei Galitsky||Maine||Gulfstream G650||2017||60|
|8||Dmitry Rybolovlev||Maine||Airbus A319||2012||60|
|9||Igor Makarov||Aruba||Boeing 737 BBJ||2010||58.8|
|10||Andrey Melnichenko||Maine||Boeing 737 BBJ||2009||58|
|11||Alexander Abramov, Alexander Frolov||Germany||Airbus A319||2010||57|
|12||Vladimir Evtushenkov||Aruba||Boeing 737 BBJ||2007||57|
|13||Victor Vekselberg||Aruba||Airbus A319||2009||56|
|14||Mikhail Prokhorov||Maine||Airbus A319||2009||56|
|15||Samvel Karapetyan||Malta||Gulfstream G650||2015||53|
|16||Iskander Makhmudov||Austria||Gulfstream G650||2015||53|
|17||Vagit Alekperov||Caymans||Boeing 737 BBJ||2006||50|
|18||God Nisanov||Maine||Gulfstream G650||2014||48.6|
|19||Filaret Galchev||Malta||Bombardier Global 6000||2016||45|
|20||Vadim Moshkovich||Maine||Bombardier Global 6000||2016||45|
|21||Zarakh Iliev||Maine||Airbus A318 Elite||2011||42.5|
|22||Oleg Tinkov||Maine||Dassault Falcon 7X||2016||42.5|
|23||Roman Abramovich||Luxembourg||Gulfstream G650||2014||42|
|24||Leonid Mikhelson||USA||Gulfstream G650||2013||42|
|25||Vladimir Potanin||Austria||Gulfstream G650||2013||40|
|26||Vasily Anisimov||Luxembourg||Bombardier Global 6000||2014||36.6|
|27||Farhad Ahmedov||Maine||Bombardier Global 6000||2014||36.6|
|28||Victor Vekselberg||Maine||Bombardier Global 6000||2013||36.2|
|29||Andrey Guryev||Austria||Airbus A319||2007||36|
|30||Vladimir Potanin||Austria||Gulfstream G550||2013||33|
|31||Vladimir Bogdanov||Russia||Gulfstream G550||2012||31|
|32||Oleg Deripaska||Maine||Gulfstream G550 (ALAY)||2012||31|
|33||Oleg Deripaska||Maine||Gulfstream G550 (UGIC)||2012||31|
|34||Andrey Molchanov||Malta||Bombardier Global 5000||2015||thirty|
|35||Araz Agalarov||Caymans||Gulfstream G550||2010||27|
|36||Sergey Adoniev, Albert Avdolyan||USA||Bombardier Global 6000||2012||27|
|37||Alexey Mordashov||Maine||Bombardier Global 6000||2012||27|
|38||Alisher Usmanov||Luxembourg||Dassault Falcon 7X||2012||27|
|39||Alexey Repik||Maine||Bombardier Global 5000||2014||25.2|
|40||Anatoly Sedykh||Malta||Bombardier Global 5000||2014||25.2|
|41||Alexander Svetakov||Austria||Bombardier Global 5000||2013||24.5|
|42||Alexander Ponomarenko||Maine||Gulfstream G550||2011||24|
|43||Viktor Kharitonin||Maine||Gulfstream G550||2009||23.6|
|44||Musa Bazhaev||Caymans||Bombardier Global Express XRS||2010||23.2|
|45||Mikhail Gutseriev||Aruba||Bombardier Global Express XRS||2010||23.2|
|46||Alexander Abramov, Alexander Frolov||Germany||Bombardier Global Express XRS||2009||22.4|
|47||Alexander Japaridze||Luxembourg||Dassault Falcon 7X||2009||20.5|
|48||Vladimir Lisin||Austria||Bombardier Global 5000||2011||20|
|49||Igor Kesaev||Bermuda||Bombardier Global 6000||2009||20|
|50||Igor Altushkin||Maine||Embraer Legacy 650||2016||18|
List of Oligarchs Luxury Jets
1. Airbus A340
Release year: 2008
Estimated owner: Alisher Usmanov
Registered country: Isle of Man
Estimated value: $150,000,000
Usmanov’s four-engine liner is the largest among all aircraft owned by participants in the Russian Forbes rating. Usmanov prefers to fly on the wide-body Airbus A340. In honour of the father of Alisher Usmanov, the liner is called Bourkhan, this name is written on the board. The registration number can be decoded as “I, Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov (I, Alischer Burchanovich Usmanov)”. The board is longer than the plane of Roman Abramovich. Usmanov could buy it for $300-350 million. The board is based in Moscow. The A340 has a very high fuel consumption, and because of this, demand for it has fallen sharply.
2. Boeing 767
Release year: 2003
Estimated owner: Roman Abramovich
Registration country: Aruba island
Estimated cost: $120,000,000
The plane was nicknamed “Bandit” for the characteristic black stripe near the cockpit, and its smaller model is sold in souvenir shops. The modification of the Abramovich aircraft means an increased flight range, which allows non-stop flights up to 11,000 km. Such a huge aircraft is bought by those who have to fly around the world with a large number of accompanying persons. More than 60 people can comfortably work on board this Boeing. The jet, on which Abramovich moves, can often be seen in photographs of spotters in different parts of the world – in Nice, Salzburg, St. Maarten, in Tel Aviv.
3. Airbus A319
Release year: 2014
Estimated owner: Alexander Abramov
Registration country: Germany
Estimated cost: $85,000,000
The French-designed Airbus A319 is a 4 m shortened version of the A320 airliner with a wingspan of 34.1 m, a maximum takeoff weight of 76,500 kg, and a cruising speed of 820 km/h. The Airbus Corporate Jet version is designed for business aviation. This liner can carry 19 VIP passengers. If necessary, the salons are easily dismantled, accommodating 100 people. The maximum flight range with a VIP cabin is 12,000 km. In real flight conditions, the A319 can cover up to 10,400 km. The aircraft is operated by Vertis Aviation.
4. Airbus A319
Release year: 2013
Estimated owner: Andrey Skoch and family
Registration country: Aruba island
Estimated cost: $71,000,000
The tail number of the MGU plane echoes the 99-meter yacht Madame Gu and Lady Gulya, which were attributed to Skoch. The Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter with a 3A-MGU gnome was based on the Madame Gu yacht. The aircraft comfortably carries 19 passengers and was handed over to the customer in early 2014. The plane can be seen in cities such as London, Zurich, or even Tashkent. The board often visits the Vnukovo business terminal, which the Skoch family is also considered to be a co-owner.
Dmitry Rybolovlev, Alexander Abramov, Alexander Frolov, Viktor Vekselberg, Mikhail Prokhorov, and Andrey Guriev may have the same aircraft.
5. Airbus A320
Release year: 2008
Estimated owner: Andrey Kozitsyn
Registration country: Austria
Estimated cost: $67,000,000
The plane and its unique livery with gold patterns and a bird on the tail went to the Russian billionaire from the previous owner, the Saudi Saad Group, the bankrupt billionaire Maan al-Sanea. The plane was relocated from Saudi Arabia to Yekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport. The plane can often be seen in European cities – Verona, Vienna, and Paris. Also, this Airbus often visits the cities where the Ekaterinburg hockey club Avtomobilist, sponsored by the UMMC (Andrey Kozitsyn is a co-owner of the company), holds its games. Sometimes the hockey team itself flies to them.
6. Gulfstream G650
Such an aircraft is allegedly owned by: Viktor Rashnikov, Sergey Galitsky, Samvel Karapetyan, Iskander Makhmudov, God Nisanov, Roman Abramovich, Leonid Mikhelson, Vladimir Potanin.
7. Boeing 737 BBJ
This aircraft is allegedly owned by: Igor Makarov, Andrey Melnichenko, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, and Vagit Alekperov.
8. Bombardier Global 6000
This aircraft is allegedly owned by: Filaret Galchev, Vadim Moshkovich, Vasily Anisimov, Farhad Akhmedov, Viktor Vekselberg, Sergey Adoniev, Albert Avdolyan, Alexei Mordashov, Igor Kesaev.
9. Airbus A318 Elite
This aircraft is allegedly owned by Zarakh Iliev.
10. Dassault Falcon 7X
This aircraft is allegedly owned by: Oleg Tinkov, Alisher Usmanov, and Alexander Dzhaparidze.
11. Gulfstream G550
This aircraft is allegedly owned by: Vladimir Potanin, Vladimir Bogdanov, Oleg Deripaska, Araz Agalarov, Alexander Ponomarenko, and Viktor Kharitonin.
12. Bombardier Global 5000
This aircraft is allegedly owned by: Andrei Molchanov, Alexei Repik, Anatoly Sedykh, Alexander Svetakov, and Vladimir Lisin.
13. Bombardier Global Express XRS
Such an aircraft is allegedly owned by: Musa Bazhaev, Mikhail Gutseriev, Alexander Abramov, and Alexander Frolov.