Jackson takes to skies in $80m style

MATT NIPPERT
Last updated 05:00 29/05/2013
Gulfstream GVI G650

NEW TOY: Sir Peter Jackson’s top-of-the-line Gulfstream GVI G650 jet flies faster and farther than any aircraft used by the New Zealand Air Force.

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Sir Peter Jackson has bought a new $80 million jet.

His holding company ZKKFB took possession of a Gulfstream GVI G650 in March, according to financing statements filed with the Companies Office.

Jackson is in good company - chatshow host Oprah Winfrey and investor Warren Buffett are also said to be lining up to buy the same type of aircraft.

The G650 flies faster and farther than any aircraft used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

It has a top speed of 1133kmh, and a range of 12,960 kilometres, allowing non-stop flights between Wellington and Los Angeles.

Martin Thompson, of Auckland aircraft specialist Dennis Thompson International, said the G650 was top-of-the-line. "It's sort of up there - almost as good as it gets."

Jackson's spokesman Matt Dravitzki, refused to reply to emails and answered "no" when asked for comment about the jet.

The plane allows for a range of customisable cabin configurations and can carry up to 18 passengers.

Jackson is reported to have required passengers to don pyjamas for flights on his earlier jet, a relatively cheaper, smaller $68m Gulfstream G550 that he bought in 2009.

In 2011 Wellington International Airport finished building a hangar for corporate jets, allowing Jackson to keep his jet close to home.

Before the hangar was built, he had to keep his aircraft in Melbourne.

Jackson, reputed to be worth $500m, was one of 200 people worldwide - mostly billionaires - who put in advance orders for the G650 aircraft.

New orders will take five years to be filled, leading to reports of places in the queue changing hands for more than $8m.

Winfrey, Buffett, fashion designer Ralph Lauren and oligarch and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich are said to be interested in joining Jackson in the G650 owners' club.

According to Swedish aircraft registration records, Jackson's previous jet, the G550, was sold in March to northern European banking group Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB.

Earlier this week The Dominion Post reported that Jackson had listed two New York apartments for sale with an asking price of $26m.

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