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Even though 12 million millionaires and some 1,645 billionaires in the world today can afford to buy a jet, there are only a handful who actually possess one. In fact, worldwide, there are only around 30,000 business jets actually in service. Where ? Mainly in the United States.

On 31st., December, 2013, nearly 19,000 (18,756) business aircraft were in operation in the American skies. Brazil was second in line, but with less than one tenth (1,564) the American figure in service, and Canada was a close third with a fleet of 1,300 units (1,306).

Regarding the most popular jets, if we refer to the figures for new aircraft sales in this category last year, the Gulfstream G-300, G-400 and G-500 are in the lead, followed by the Global 6000 from Bombardier, Embraer's Phenom 300 and Dassault Aviation's Falcon 7X.

North America, with 678 aircraft delivered in 2013, accounts for 52% of the global market, Europe not quite 16%, the Asia-Pacific region 12%, Latin America 11%, and Africa and the Middle East combined, 9%.

In the classification of business jet constructors that delivered the most aircraft between 2003 and 2013, the U.S. Cessna is well ahead, followed by the Canada's Bombardier, America's Gulfstream and Beechcraft, followed by the French Dassault Aviation and Brasilian Embraer.

If we take a look at airports which can be used by private aircraft, there are over 4,000 (4211) in the U.S., with half that figure in Europe (2145). The biggest business airports in the U.S. and Europe, respectively, are Teterboro and Le Bourget.

Finally, regarding business jet prices, everything depends on the aircraft type and course of its interior layout. The range is wide, very wide, between 0 million for a Phenom 300 for example, and $400 million for the mega-size Airbus A-380 Corporate Jet.

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