I flew on a $50 million Bombardier Global 5000 private jet from Montreal to New Jersey and saw why those who can afford it are flocking to private aviation

I flew on a $50 million Bombardier Global 5000 private jet from Montreal to New Jersey and saw why those who can afford it are flocking to private aviation

The company recently took delivery of its 10th Bombardier Global 7500 private plane at a ceremony in Montreal, Canada. It was the planemaker’s 100th Global 7500 delivered to a customer.

VistaJet's Bombardier Global 7500.

VistaJet’s 10th Bombardier Global 7500 at the delivery ceremony in Montreal.

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The Global 5000 has a range of 9,630 kilometers (5,984 miles) and can connect cities like New York and London and Seattle and Tokyo, according to VistaJet.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Source: VistaJet

While VistaJet does not publish its price list for charters, one-way rates are thought to be between $12,000 and $20,000 per hour, according to Forbes.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Source: Forbes

This was my first time flying in a large business plane, and although it is likely something I’ll never be able to afford on my own, it was a treat to see how the wealthy travel.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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My journey started at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport where we were driven directly from Bombardier’s headquarters to the airplane.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Our driver entered the ramp via a gate, and none of us were required to go through security before boarding the jet. I was impressed at how easy and quick the transfer was.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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After showing my passport to the captain, I was eager to explore the jet and meet the cabin hostesses, which is what VistaJet calls flight attendants. Both were former Emirates crew members and went through specialized training before working private flights.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Onboard, the plane is divided into three sections, including one living space in the front of the jet…

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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…a dining room in the middle…

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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…and a second conference or meeting space in the back, which can be closed off with a curtain. In total, the jet can carry 13 passengers and sleep seven.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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The front living space has four large leather armchairs that were easily more comfortable than domestic business class on commercial airliners. The seats have a leg rest, an adjustable headrest, and feature a deep recline.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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The dining section also features four armchairs, while the aft living space has two armchairs and a couch.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Between each set of seats are wood tables that can deploy from the wall, creating a space to work, eat, or play games if traveling for leisure or with kids.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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According to VistaJet, the seats and couch can be converted into beds for passengers to sleep.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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In addition to the main three sections, there is also a spacious lavatory and cargo space for luggage in the back of the plane…

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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Shortly after takeoff, the cabin hostess set up our table with a table cloth, plates, napkins, and utensils. She also placed butter, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper on the table.

Flying on VistaJet's Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

Flying on VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 5000 private jet.

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