Celebrities have recently been facing a lot of criticism because of their short private jet trips. Earlier this month, Kylie Jenner came under fire for a 17-minute private jet flight from Camarillo to Van Nuys. The flight shaved off only about 30 minutes of travel time, according to Google maps. Experts estimate that an hour of flight time aboard a private jet introduces about two tonnes (also known as metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air, meaning Jenner’s flight could’ve produced about a half tonne, or 500 kilograms, of CO2 during its brief flight. The average person, meanwhile, produces around 8 tonnes of CO2 — per year. This week the marketing and data analysis company Yard used data from CelebJets to rank the highest polluting planes that are owned by celebrities. And despite the headlines regarding Kylie’s flying habits, she didn’t even crack the top 10.

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1. Taylor Swift

The pop star’s PJ is the top CO2 emitting plane that CelebJets and Yard tracked.

The study reported a “total of 170 flights on her private jet since January.” In total Taylor has amassed a vast 22,923 minutes in the air – 15.9 days. Quite a large amount considering that she is not currently touring.

The star’s reps released a statement to Rolling Stone that reads: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals … To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Still, the plane itself tops the list among celebrities.

2. Floyd Mayweather

The retired boxer came in second for the first time in his career. His shortest flight of 2022 was a 10-minute flight that landed in Las Vegas. Mayweather has taken 177 private jet flights this year, producing 7,076.8 tonnes of CO2, according to Yard.

3. Jay-Z

Jay-Z has taken 136 flights in his private jet which has emitted 6,981.3 tonnes of CO2, according to Yard. Jay-Z, like Swift, is not currently on tour.

The rapper, however, has a little bit of leeway. The jet was purchased by Puma, the shoe company of which Jay-Z is the creative director. The jet is treated as a perk for athletes signed to the Puma brand, according to Rolling Stone.

4. Alex Rodriguez

Baseball legend-turned-business mogul A-Rod has taken more than 100 flights so far this year. The average flight time is about 80 minutes. His flights this year have introduced more than 700 times as much CO2 as the average person will produce all year.

5. Blake Shelton

Country superstar and “The Voice” judge,  took 111 private jet flights that produced 4,495 tonnes of CO2 this year. Shelton’s average flight time was 64.37 minutes, with his shortest trip including a 27-minute flight from Los Angeles to San Diego.

6. Steven Spielberg

Yard reported that the director Steven Spielberg, took 61 flights this year and emitted 4,465 tonnes of CO2. He has the second-longest average flight time at an hour and 47 minutes and once took an 18-minute flight from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, according to Yard’s study.

7. Kim Kardashian

Kim is the top Kardashian in ranking. Her flights (or at least, her plane’s flights) have emitted 4,268.5 tonnes of carbon emissions over 57 flights this year. That’s 609.8 times more than the average person emits in a year, according to the study.

8. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg’s private jet has emitted 3,772.85 tonnes of CO2 over 101 flights. Wahlberg has the longest average flight time at 117.45 minutes. One of his quickest flights was a 29-minute trip from Van Nuys, California, to Palm Springs, California, according to the study.

9. Oprah Winfrey

The Yard reported, “Winfrey’s $75 million private jet travels for an average of 81.13 minutes at a time with an average journey length of 101.26 miles.” One of her shortest flights was from Van Nuys to Santa Barbara, where she owns a home in Montecito. That flight was a little more than 15 minutes and produced the equivalent of a half tonne of CO2.

10. Travis Scott

It’s unclear how many times Travis Scott and Kylie have flown together, but earlier this month Jenner was criticized for sharing a photo of the couple standing on the tarmac outside their private jets with the caption: “you wanna take mine or yours?”

Scott is guilty of averaging the shortest flights of everyone on the top-10 list. His flights in 2022 average fewer than eight miles per trip.

To read more about the list and the criteria used to determine the ranking, visit the report on Yard’s website.


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