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  • It's no secret that the world's top leaders travel in style.

  • Just look at this $500 million flying fortress or the $1.5 billion fleet for the Qatar royal family.

  • But while these planes' aesthetics may seem a bit much, the aircraft are actually built for utility.

  • Their job? To protect heads of states while they travel.

  • While footage and photos are rare, here's what we do know about the planes of the world's most powerful.

  • Whenever US President Donald Trump travels, he flies on a retrofitted Boeing 747-200B.

  • There are actually two of them, but whichever one the president is on is called Air Force One.

  • The blue and white double-decker planes have been in flight for 25 years.

  • Air Force One is armed against electromagnetic pulses and has secure communication lines.

  • It even has a fully stocked medical suite that can act as an operation room.

  • It has the capacity to hold 100 people onboard.

  • The aircraft are estimated to be worth $1 billion.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has the biggest fleet, with a total of 132 aircraft.

  • His primary transport?

  • The Russian-made Ilyushin IL-96-300.

  • On the outside, the plane is painted with a special coating that makes it less detectable to radar but also has radar jammers and anti-aircraft defenses.

  • On the inside, there are tapestries, lots of gold, an office, bedroom, and full gym for the president.

  • It's valued at half a billion dollars.

  • Unlike the US and Russian presidents, China's leader, Xi Jinping, doesn't have a designated plane.

  • He flies in one of two Boeing 747s operated by Air China.

  • Each one costs about $250 million.

  • When they're not flying Xi, the planes are used for normal commercial passenger flights, so inside they're nothing elaborate.

  • But when Xi does need to use one, the planes are swept beforehand for security purposes and fitted with a bedroom and an office.

  • For his overseas travels, South Korean President Moon Jae-in leases a Boeing 747-400 from Korean Air.

  • The exact price of the lease with Korean Air is unknown, but a normal Boeing 747 runs around $240 million.

  • But since the 10-year lease is up in 2020, the president is reportedly on the hunt for an Air Force One of his own.

  • For now, he's got a white 747 with red and white accents on its body.

  • It's retrofitted with flares to protect against missiles and has radar-jamming capabilities.

  • The emir of Qatar has the world's most expensive fleet, coming in at $1.5 billion.

  • It includes two Boeing 747-8 BBJs.

  • Whenever the emir travels, he uses more than one plane to carry all his cargo and entourage.

  • A thousand people accompany him on any given flight, and his cargo includes food and even limousines he'll use upon his destination.

  • Members of the royal family also use his fleet.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel flies on one of two Airbus A340-300 airliners, known as Konrad Adenauer and Theodor Heuss.

  • Before flying Merkel, the A340s were passenger aircrafts for the airline Lufthansa.

  • They carry about 143 passengers and are tricked out with bedrooms, showers, offices, and a soundproof conference room.

  • Each of the A340s costs an estimated $300 million.

  • The UK prime minister flies on an Airbus A330 that costs $250 million.

  • It's pretty much a passenger plane, but with added aerial refueling capabilities and a redesigned interior.

  • There's a suite in the front of the plane with a curtain to block it off from the rest of the cabin.

  • The plane also has 58 business-class seats and 100 economy seats for journalists.

  • It holds the record among the planes of the world's leaders for the ability to carry the most passengers.

  • If you're wondering, the royal family boasts a $100 million fleet of their own with ten airplanes and three helicopters.

  • President Hassan Rouhani travels overseas on an Airbus A340 that Air Canada and Turkish Airways once owned.

  • Rouhani's plane is the only one operated by Iranian airline Dena Airways.

  • Its price is unknown.

  • Turkey's fleet has an impressive number of commercial planes converted into VIP transports, including Airbus A330-220s, Airbus A340-500s, and a Boeing 747-8 private jet.

  • The last one was a gift for Turkey's president from the government of Qatar.

  • Instead of the 400 seats that are normally onboard, this one got a major makeover.

  • It now holds just 76 passengers in its first-class suites, lounges, and conference rooms.

  • There's even a hospital onboard.

  • The jet is worth whopping $500 million.

  • President Jair Bolsonaro uses an Airbus A319 for international trips and an Embraer VIP transport for short-haul flights.

  • The Brazilian air force calls it VC-1A, but it's officially named after famous aviator Santos-Dumont.

  • Up front, the plane has a presidential suite complete with a conference room, office, and bedroom.

  • While all these planes are tricked out a little differently, one thing's the same.

  • The world's leaders like to travel in style.

It's no secret that the world's top leaders travel in style.

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Everything We Know About The Private Planes Of World Leaders

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    Mackenzie posted on 2020/01/25
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