Elon Musk's private jet made 134 flights in 2022 — with the shortest trip lasting just 6 minutes
- Elon Musk's private jet made 134 flights in 2022, according to figures @ElonJet compiled.
- The jet's shortest flight was six minutes, which could have been the pilot repositioning the plane.
Elon Musk's private jet made 134 flights in 2022, according to Jack Sweeney, who runs a Twitter account tracking its movements.
Sweeney, the college student who started tracking the plane in 2020, compiled the figures for the billionaire's Gulfstream G650ER, whose call sign is N628TS. The data does not show whether Musk was on board, however.
Musk was likely to have used his private jet to fly to Qatar to attend the soccer World Cup final in December, the data showed.
The plane also made trips to Brazil, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Its longest flight, recorded on July 18, was from Mykonos, Greece, to Austin, Texas. Musk is likely to have been on board as he was pictured in Greece two days earlier.
The jet's shortest flight lasted for about six minutes, and the data shows that it remained at Long Beach Airport. The movement could have been the pilot repositioning the plane.
According to the statistics, the most frequent destinations included Los Angeles, and Austin and Brownsville in Texas.
In December, Musk threatened to sue Sweeney for posting his location, saying it had put his two-year-old son in danger. Sweeney told Insider Musk's threat didn't concern him.
Sweeney uses bots to scrape and post public flight data that people could otherwise find via the aircraft-tracking site ADS-B Exchange.
He told Insider that Musk could have avoided the public scrutiny his account generated if Musk had paid him the $50,000 he'd asked for to shut it down — a small sum compared to the estimated $2.6 million annual bill to operate the jet. "Another $50,000 for privacy would've been nothing," Sweeney said.
Though Sweeney's @ElonJet account was permanently banned from Twitter following a change to its doxxing policy, he created another account called @ElonJetNext that posts the same data with a 24-hour delay.
The 134 flights produced 1,895 tonnes of CO2, with the operating cost including fuel expenses of just over $1.1 million.
Musk didn't respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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