John Travolta, Bruce Dickinson, Roman Abramovich – celebs with big jets

When we hear the phrase “private jet” we normally think about small planes like the one in my avatar. A Gulfstream or a Learjet. Most celebrities like Brintey Spears, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Madonna or Paris Hilton own such smaller planes. But here are some of those enthusiasts who need big thingies.

Jon Travolta's houseLet’s start with the most famous celeb known for his crush on Jumbos: John Travolta. Mr Travolta has an official pilot license. When he needed to collect flight hours, he worked free for Qantas. He flew a Jumbo. Now he owns one of these aircrafts and he parks it right in fornt of his house. He lives in a place called Jumbolair, north of Ocala, Florida. Some years ago he lived in a fly-in community near Daytona, but he was sued by neighbors who found his jets too large and noisy. His new home is basically a small private airport. His passion for aircrafs is so strong, he even named his own son Jet.

John Travolta with his crewJohn Travolta with his jetPilot Travolta gives instructions to colleagues

Photos: Nigel Dickinson

Abramovich’s jetRoman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club in the UK, also owns a Boeing 767, quite a huge plane for a private jet. Besides this jet he owns 2 helicopters. Well, airports are usually far from the cities, that is true. I have to admit, I really like the painting of this aircraft. It is very modest and elegant. And there is no need for an airline’s name on an aircraft. 🙂

The 757 with Pilot Bruce Dickinson on board

Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden is also an official pilot. He is a first officer at an airline called Astraeus. It operates both shceduled and charter flights. Bruce flies Boeing 757s. So what is it with celebs and private jets? Well, on one hand they have too much to spend without control. We can read gossips all around the net about Tom Cruise sending his assistant on his private jet for his groceries. On the other hand probably there is the same rate of celeb flying fans as among us, just nobody cares about the likes and dislikes of us, regular people. Anyway, if I had the money and I made sure to give enough to foundations, I’d also have an aircraft. 🙂

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22 Responses to “John Travolta, Bruce Dickinson, Roman Abramovich – celebs with big jets”

  1. 1 Richard Havers August 7, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Do you think they all have Porsche’s as well?

  2. 2 szafi August 7, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I’m sure Mr Abramovich got rid of his Lada long ago. 🙂

  3. 3 balint01 August 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    It’s funny that Mr. Travolta’s Boeing 707 was built in 1964 for Qantas, it was later sold to Braniff Airlines and then Frank Sinatra owned it in 1972, and Kirk Kerkorian purchased it in 1975. Travolta bought the plane in May, 1998 (so almost 10 years ago). He had leased it back to Qantas for a promotional round-the-world tour, and in exchange Qantas repainted it in the original “V-Jet” colors and also put Travolta through training to receive his 747 type certificate. So he’s not the first celebrity to own this aircraft, but probably the first one who actually flies it in the cockpit seat! A very proud owner and pilot, though!

  4. 4 szafi August 7, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    You can’t decide which of the 2 is more famous. The pilot or the plane itself 🙂

  5. 5 TASHA April 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm



  6. 6 TASHA April 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm


  7. 7 GERMAN July 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    nikki lauda pilot boeing 767

  8. 8 Danilo Hadek September 11, 2008 at 2:10 am

    I also have a plane, but is a little nice toy above my desk… :))

    Portal Meio AéreoFlight Attendant

  9. 9 jimson October 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    wag1 my gd time celebs ur rich to hve all tht i wish to do the same but life to short for all the high dameand so i pray to god i get loads of goods anyway
    for now

  10. 10 Spruce Creek November 2, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    John Travolta used to live in the Spruce Creek Fly-in, near Port Orange, FL.

    Here’s info from their website:

    Nested in Northeast Florida, a few miles south of Daytona Beach and NASCAR’s epicenter, the Daytona International Speedway, lies one of the most unique residential communities in the world.

    The Spruce Creek Fly-in Community is the world’s most famous residential airpark. With a 4,000 ft lighted runway and a GPS approach, the private airport at the center of the community can accommodate anything from a Stearman to a Gulfstream.

    Originally a navy airfield during WWII, it evolved into the world’s largest residential fly-in community. Today, almost 5,000 residents, 1,300 homes and 700 hangars share a unique life in this private gated village with immaculately groomed homes and common grounds. The first thing a visitor sees after driving through the security gates is a sign that summarizes the spirit of this community: “CAUTION Children and Adults at Play”. Truly a piece of pilot’s heaven.

    A championship golf course and Country Club and 24-hr patrolled security complements the safety, privacy and enjoyment of our residents. Frequent community-wide events and social clubs for most any interest from flying to book reading and gardening ensure a tightly knit and friendly community hard to duplicate anywhere. John Travolta and many other celebrities have enjoyed the Spruce Creek Fly-In lifestyle and privacy. Current home prices vary from a $165,000 condo to several million dollar hangar mansions.

    Please keep in mind that any visits are by invitation only, as the community is not open to the public. If you are interested in real estate at the Spruce Creek Fly-in, contact us for an invitation and we will happily schedule a guided tour Learn More about Spruce Creek at

  11. 11 samira December 28, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    its very nice & ILOVE ROMAN abramovich & chelsea culub pleas get me mail of roman & news

  12. 12 alboin silalahi April 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    jhon best captain pilot and best father for his fam !
    i like jhon travolta since i look his film at saturday night fever !

  13. 13 alboin June 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

    jhon we invite you to joint with us to open airline company in indonesia ? we make to low cost carrier airline with name of ” TRAVOLTA AIR ” ? we can use 6 airbus A320-214 to buy with leasing system from europe aircraft leasing !

    alboin silalahi

  14. 14 cilley dennis July 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Iwanted to be a pilot but the faa will not give me the time of day because of heart problems but i have a passion for flying and my dream is to fly with c.p.t bruce dickison of ed force one

    • 15 Peter Kostov October 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      Yes! The Bruce is Great man My dream is to fly with Iron Maiden to a concert.They sells tickets for theyr concerts including 2 way tickets.Will be great to be on board with the best metal band on the board.

  15. 16 akis April 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    i wish mr roman is sponsor my footbaal teem in cyprus is the smolest teem in the world pls mr roman

  16. 17 Emmanuel Buriez October 29, 2011 at 5:14 am

    The prince al walid ben talal have a airbus A380…

    Emmanuel Buriez

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